Atlanta Attorney Finds Happiness & Success in Her Own Practice
For Attorney Shana Rooks, success came at a young age when she started her own successful law firm, Shana M. Rooks & Associates, nine years ago, and she has never looked back.
Shana was born and raised in Dublin, Georgia. After graduating from Spelman College in 1997 and then law school at Tulane University School in New Orleans in 2000, Shana thought working at a large firm was her calling. But after working on a contract for a large firm, she quickly knew the environment, the demands, and the climate would not add substance to her life and ultimately would not make her happy.
“I felt I could create an environment that I would enjoy and develop the client base I wanted,” she says. “I did, and while there are many challenges to running a business and simultaneously practicing law, I cannot see myself working for a traditional corporate law firm. The knowledge and the faith in myself along with resolve inspired me to start my own practice. “
As if those accomplishments weren’t enough, Shana was appointed as a Clayton County Juvenile Pro Temp Judge at the age of 27, and two years later was appointed to the Clayton County Magistrate Bench.
Shana’s strength and determination is inherited from her mother, who worked hard as a single parent raising five children in poverty. Although Shana’s mother lost her battle to cancer in 2004, Shana keeps that indomitable spirit alive; for she learned through her mother that to whom much is given, much is required.
“She kept me sheltered from the feelings of despair and hopelessness and encouraged me to do whatever I wanted to do,” Shana says. “I knew that even though we were poor, it was only a matter of time before our circumstances would change. Being poor, for me, only meant that my mother had a very limited income in which to maintain the household and children; it was never our state of mind. We always knew there were people less fortunate than we were. Nevertheless, I knew I wanted more for myself and my mother never hindered me from pursuing my dreams. She was my number one cheerleader.”
Shana also finds time to give back to the community. She serves as second Vice President of the Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity, President of the Southern Crescent Pearls Foundation, she serves on the executive board of the Psi Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and served as one of its charter members. She was honored for her charitable works, receiving the Clayton County Pro Bono Award for Service to Community, the Spirit of Scouting for Service to Community and being inducted into Outstanding Atlanta. She lives and maintains her office in Clayton County, Georgia and is an alumni of Leadership Clayton.
With her busy life, Shana loves to travel but finds that there is no place like her humble abode where she finds serenity, and comfort.
Attorney Shana Rooks’ office can be reached at 770-473-1989. She focuses on Family Law and Personal Injury.