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Community Highlights: Meet Camisha Lemons of The Law Office of Camisha Lemons

Today we’d like to introduce you to Camisha Lemons.

Hi Camisha, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Well, ironically, my story does not start off on the traditional road to becoming a lawyer; I initially pursued and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and Dance Education from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas. I’d been dancing since the age of six and knew that I wanted to continue the discipline of dance into my adult years. I thought that I would pursue a full time career as a professional dancer, however, there was always a part of me that was called to serve others through other avenues.

Life has a funny way of pushing you into your purpose. I’ve always had an interest in law, but never considered a career in the field. As I pursued a major in Dance, I chose to minor in Government. During my freshman year, I performed with a local dance company. At one particular event, we were met with a contractual issue, which resulted in the dance company being on the less desirable end of the outcome. In that moment, I thought to myself, if only there were someone who could speak up and be an advocate for the company-someone with the knowledge base of both worlds, dance and law. From there, I set my sights on law school, where I enrolled at Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas following my graduation from TWU.

While I was excited to embark upon this new journey, there was a fire in me that always desired to dance, so I was determined to find a way to foster both of my passions. During law school, I clerked for judges and worked at a dance studio, as well as leading the praise dance ministry at my home church, The Genesis Church. I’m not sure how I managed the time and schedule for both, but looking back, I see that it provided the balance and creativity that I needed. I found and continue to find great passion in serving others through advocating as a lawyer and pouring into young girls through dance. These days, I continue to build my law practice, The Law Office of Camisha Lemons, give back to my community by teaching dance to young girls through my home church and various non-profits, and speak at various engagements about the importance of knowing your legal rights in business and having your legal affairs in order through estate planning.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There is no smooth road to becoming the person who you were created to be. As we navigate through this world and life, we are consistently learning, unlearning and shedding the layers that inhibit us from walking fully into our calling and purpose. As for myself, my struggles were more internal than external. I’ve always had a wonderful family and support system around me who encouraged me to pursue my dreams and goals. I can say that there were times where they may not have always understood why I chose to walk the path I decided to pursue, but nonetheless they continued to believe in me.

The struggles arose when I started to doubt myself. These doubts came in the form of limiting thoughts such as not believing that I was enough or that I had what it took to be admitted into law school or even graduate from law school. Once I graduated, I wish that I could tell you that it was all smooth sailing from there but that was not the case. I took the Texas Bar exam and failed…twice. I was ashamed to let others know this fact, but it was a part of my journey that needed to be known. I felt much anguish and disappointment in myself and talked myself out of taking the test for a third time.

When teaching my dancers, I would tell them not to quit on a skillset just because it was challenging or too hard on the first few tries. I always made it a point to let them know that it’s not about how you start but how you finished. One day, after feeling extremely low about my failed second try at the bar exam, a friend of mine spoke encouragement into me and I decided that it was time to take my own advice. I studied and passed the bar exam. I reflect on this crucial moment in my journey because I now realize that I had to learn to advocate for myself before I could advocate well for others. In order to be there for my clients in their time of need, I had to walk a mile in their shoes. I’m grateful for my struggles as they not only made me a stronger person, but better advocate and lawyer.

Building my law practice has been challenging but overall, rewarding. I would not change anything about my journey because it has made me the woman that I am today. Resilient. Strong. Confident. Humble. Hard Working. Steadfast. Authentic. When combined with my drive and work ethic, the characteristics help to make me unstoppable in my pursuit to make a positive impact in the lives of all that I encounter.

As you know, we’re big fans of The Law Office of Camisha Lemons. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
My firm focuses on advocating for my clients in the areas of Business, Estate Planning and Probate. I strive to be a change agent, while understanding that I have a responsibility to serve each client keeping their best interests in mind, while ensuring that their legal needs are met through clear and informed decisions concerning their legal rights and goals. I am most proud of the integrity that I bring to each of my client’s matters. I operate in excellence daily and treat every client with compassion.

I believe that what sets me apart is my grit and drive. I am committed to seeing every problem through to the best solution possible. Things may not always end with the preferred result, but in this season of my life, I’ve learned the art of pivoting. For me, pivoting means to not abandon the end goal, but to simply adjust the plan or route that leads there. In being flexible with my methods, I find that there is normally more than one way to achieve the desired goal for my clients.

I am a student and lover of life and strive to better myself and my knowledge consistently, so that I am able to better serve my clients and my community.

We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
My favorite childhood memory is Friday Family Night! Every Friday, my sisters and I were allowed to choose which activity the family would do for the evening. Most nights, we went to Blockbuster Video (I’m pretty sure I just aged myself) to pick 2-3 movies along with our favorite candies, ordered our favorite pizza and movie night commenced. Of course, we made it a point to pause our movies to watch TGIF on ABC; then we returned to the movies, until we fell asleep.

If it wasn’t movie night, we headed to our favorite place, the bookstore, to browse and eventually, make our purchases and out to dinner at the restaurant of our choice. Star Pizza seemed to be the winner every Friday we went out to eat. What can I say, I guess we really loved pizza! I vividly remember the joy I felt as we sat around the table with my parents, enjoying great food and nonstop laughter, as we still do today when my family gets together (pizza included lol).

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