Janet E. Sobel has been a lawyer in San Diego, California, since 1983. She graduated in the top 10% of her class from U.C.L.A. School of Law. She began her career at a large law firm, then moved to a mid-sized firm, and then to a two-person litigation firm. Her practice focused on representing individuals and small business owners in a variety of business, personal, real estate, insurance, contract, and legal malpractice disputes. She handled jury trials and appeals when she was actively litigating. After litigating for 16 years, she became disheartened with the traditional law practice and created a non-traditional “counseling at law” practice that focuses on trying to find pre-litigation solutions for her clients, helping them when she can and pointing them to a good litigator when she can’t. She has earned a credential as a mediator through the National Conflict Resolution Center in San Diego. Ms. Sobel did a lot of things before becoming a lawyer, including teaching elementary school, being a mother to her two children, serving as an elected member of the Clark County (Las Vegas) School Board, and becoming licensed as a real estate agent in Nevada. Ms. Sobel meditates daily and enjoys cooking, being with friends, reading nonfiction, and puzzling over the choices people make that get them into trouble.
Ms. Sobel’s collaborator, Ms. Cartwright was also a litigator in both large and small firms, but ultimately found the practice of law a poor match for her interest in helping individuals. Ms. Cartwright graduated in the top 10% of her class at Tulane Law School and joined a national law firm in its San Diego office. Looking for a change from the impersonality of large-firm practice, she founded a firm with her husband, representing consumers and small businesses, and later transitioned to career advising at University of San Diego School of Law, still maintaining her practice and working on a freelance basis for other attorneys. In 2009 she was named a “Top Attorney” by the San Diego Daily Transcript. In 2010, Ms. Cartwright returned to New Orleans to participate in the revitalization of the city after the levy failures following Hurricane Katrina. When not restoring a 150+ year-old house in the Central City neighborhood, she works as an adjunct professor and career consultant at Tulane University.