Our December issue of “Behind the Scenes” is a great treat!  We will be looking into the life of Nicole Denmon, Attorney & Managing Partner of Denmon Pearlman, Law in St. Petersburg, FL.  Let’s dive right in!

Who or what inspired you to become an attorney?

“I was a criminology major in college. I wanted to go into Federal Law Enforcement and even interned with the United States Secret Service for a year. The Professor I had for my Criminal Law class was an attorney. I started writing intricate case analysis and briefs outlining the law on different criminal legal issues (search and seizure, illegal detention, coerced confessions, illegal obtainment of evidence). I believe my shortest one was 27 pages. My professor pulled me aside and pleaded with me to go to law school instead of running out to “get blown up”. He mentioned that I could still do Federal Law enforcement if I wanted to after law school. I decided to take the LSAT and apply. In law school I fell in love with trial work and decided to be a prosecutor instead of Federal Law Enforcement.”

Who or what inspired you to become an attorney?

“I was a criminology major in college. I wanted to go into Federal Law Enforcement and even interned with the United States Secret Service for a year. The Professor I had for my Criminal Law class was an attorney. I started writing intricate case analysis and briefs outlining the law on different criminal legal issues (search and seizure, illegal detention, coerced confessions, illegal obtainment of evidence). I believe my shortest one was 27 pages. My professor pulled me aside and pleaded with me to go to law school instead of running out to “get blown up”. He mentioned that I could still do Federal Law enforcement if I wanted to after law school. I decided to take the LSAT and apply. In law school I fell in love with trial work and decided to be a prosecutor instead of Federal Law Enforcement.”

How do you structure your days?

“We have three different locations. Our two satellite offices are roughly an hour away from our main office in St. Petersburg. I structure where I work based on my court dates and appointments in each location. I make a task list every day from 1-10 based on the importance of the task and attempt to complete them. If not, the uncompleted tasked are rolled over until the next day. Even if I have court or appointments, I diligently work on these tasks between them. Something always pops up that takes precedent. It can range from an employee issue to an emergency court issue, but I always go back to the list. “

Nicole, what’s your best advice for handling criticism?

“Haha……I get criticized a ton. Mostly by other attorneys and judges. I almost stopped being an attorney after a judge berated me in a trial many years ago. Instead, I responded by working harder and being more prepared. Now I just smile and am overly nice when people make mean remarks or criticize. They do not know how to handle it and it makes them look foolish. As a female attorney I feel as if I cannot show too much emotion and am often held to a higher standard, so I very rarely raise my voice and I cannot think of the last time I lost my temper. I only do this with my husband  I try to always start each encounter with someone with a smile – especially judges. It sets the tone for how things will go and people respond well to this.”

If a kid walked up to you and ask your advice, but you only had a few minutes to give them your best tip, what would it be?

“Be kind. Even if someone is not being nice to you, you never know what is happening in their home or work life that is making them act the way that they are. Don’t stoop to their level and only put your foot down when absolutely necessary.”

Nicole Denmon Headshot

What surprising lessons have you learned along your journey?

“People will take advantage of you if they can. As an attorney and employer, you should be fair and compassionate but also firm. If a person is being obnoxious, not following the rules, or not working hard, they are in it for themselves and are not a good colleague/friend/employee. I also have a couple of quirky rules I live by:  never trust a man who wears a bow tie to work everyday; never trust a person who doesn’t drink unless they can’t because they have had too many drinks in their lifetime…..in that case trust them more. “

How do you balance work and family life?

“I still consistently feel like I am not good and balancing work and family because I cannot devote 100% time to each. I have to remind myself that time with my family is not about quantity, but quality. Either I or my husband are able to attend and take my children to all important activities because we own our own business and have control over our schedules. I also have excellent attorneys and staff. We all help each other with the balance of family and work. Everyone’s family should come first. Those with children will never have more influence over anyone’s life than their own children. I often do work early in the morning or during random times to ensure that I am able to fulfill my family obligations.”

What do you want your legacy to be?

“That I was fair, kind, and helpful. Also that I fought to correct injustices.”

So what’s next for you, Nicole?

=“Bringing my business to the next level. We want to grow so that we can help more people. I also have a due date for baby #3 of May 15th. It is a girl, so I plan on working hard to raise three strong females! Oh…and have many more years of fun with my husband.”

What is one thing you want our readers to take away from this?

“You will never feel like you do everything right. If you work hard, devote quality time to your family, and help people along the way, it will all work out. Also, do not resist a new opportunity or path if it comes along – it will likely lead you in the right direction.”

Nicole Denmon

General Info

  • Name: Nicole Denmon
  • Title: Managing Partner & Attorney
  • Employer: Denmon Pearlman Law

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