Staff Spotlight: Amy Sosinski

We recently asked our staff members some questions so that you could get to know them a bit better.

Meet Amy Sosinski!

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Q: What is your job title at Burton McKinnish?

A: Associate Attorney

Q: What does your job entail?

A: I do a little bit of everything; I perform legal research, draft legal documents, consult with clients, and attend court hearings, along with anything else I’m needed to do.

Q: Why did you want to practice law?

A: I started law school fully intending on going into education policy.  Instead, I fell in love with representing individuals and families, and that’s when I decided to become a practicing attorney.  It is a privilege to stand alongside people during times of crisis and help them navigate difficult situations.

Q: Where did you receive your law degree and when?

A: I received my JD in 2015 from the University of Tennessee.

Q: What areas of law do you practice?

A: I work in criminal defense, criminal appeals, family law, and elder law.

Q: What do you like most about your job?

A: Recently, I was returning a client’s call, and she told me that among several agencies she was dealing with, I was the only person to call her back when I said I would.  The best part about my job is coming through for my clients and assuring them that they are not alone.

Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

A: I am a long-time swing dancer—I mostly dance Balboa, a dance developed in the 1930s in Northern California, which is danced to swing era music (think Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman), but I’ve also been dancing Lindy Hop for a decade.  I’ve danced in four different countries and all over the east coast! When I’m not dancing, I DJ for social dances in Knoxville with the Knoxville Swing Dance Association.  I also like to cook and bake, cross stitch, and explore the great outdoors.

Q: What do you like most about East Tennessee?

A: On the day I was moving back to Knoxville, I blew out a tire on the interstate.  I managed to get myself to a gas station, and my boyfriend (a Knoxville native, who was driving the moving truck) started helping me look for the spare.  Within seconds, two young men in a pickup truck stopped to help; the three of them made short work of my shredded tire.  The two men declined any money and directed us to the nearest tire shop.  Having grown up here, I wasn’t surprised—that’s what I like most about East Tennessee.  We take care of our own and anyone else who’s passing through.