Kelly Chanfrau speaks about the importance of the cases her clients bring to her as a labor and employment lawyer. Kelly has been practicing since 2002. Creating hope for clients in desperate situations is an extremely important part of Kelly's work.
When a client comes to me for help, I am aware that that person is only going to get one day in court, one chance to prove their case, and one chance to possibly achieve a settlement that may sustain them for a very long time, and to keep them off the streets. That is why I'm a lawyer.
My name is Kelly Chanfrau and I started practicing law in 2002 in Tampa, Florida, and I practiced there for approximately 10 years and then moved back here to join the law firm of Chanfrau & Chanfrau so that I could practice law with my father and my brother. It's a great family environment and we try to make sure that the trust and relationships we have with each other are always passed on to our clients.
I remember from even when I was a little girl talking about cases with my father, his jury trials, talking about issues he was having at the office with respect to different types of cases. And he was always very passionate about it. He was giving them a shot, people that had no hope, he was giving them hope that things could be different. That's something that he really instilled in me that we, as a family, have a responsibility to help people because we have been so fortunate in life through our own family that we do have a responsibility to help others that need it. And that is something that has been instilled in me since I was a little girl.
The times and the days that are best for me and that have been the most rewarding are when a client will pick up a judgment or a check from a defendant. They have a bridge, a safety bridge to be able to protect themselves. And they'll pick up the check and they'll give me a hug and say, "Thank you." And that is probably some of the best days that I've had as a lawyer.