Meet an Attorney - Kristina Vasold
What do you like most about being a lawyer, and least?
Most – Helping people
Least – not being able to help everyone
What question do you hear most frequently from clients?
How likely am I to win my case?
Many people who need the help of a personal injury lawyer are going through extremely difficult periods of their lives. What words of support do you offer to people in this situation?
In my Social Security and Veterans’ disability cases, I listen and advise them of the process and steps we will take so that they have an idea of what can be expected, and advise them we will do what we can to assist them in this difficult time.
Many clients do not have a sense of the value of their case. What advice do you have to help a client decide whether a settlement offer is a reasonable offer?
There are not settlements in the areas of law which I practice but to determine value, I go over the law and regulations and how it relates to the evidence in the client’s case.
What motivated you to become a lawyer?
The thought that I could make a difference and the way of looking at both sides of an argument and putting together pieces of evidence to prove your side.
How is being a lawyer different than what you expected before joining the profession?
I was not expecting that it is difficult to shut off your thoughts about what you are working on and sometimes I have to make sure to take time for myself to re-energize.
What is an interesting fact about you that someone would not learn from looking at your resume?
I am a creative person. I try to use creativity in looking at a case and in my arguments and often look for different creative outlets in my free time with arts and crafts.
Who do you most admire and why?
My grandpa. He was a Veteran and he worked hard to support his family, but he always had time for others.
You work hard as a lawyer during the week. What is your favorite thing to do to relax on the weekends?
Spending time with my family. I love going to the mountains and walking with my dogs. Or working on a craft project.
Who was your favorite lawyer on television and why?
I don’t really have one.
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Michael established The Sawaya Law Firm in 1977 and built it into one of the largest personal injury law firms in Colorado, with more than 20 lawyers and 80 staff members serving clients from five offices located in Denver, Greeley and Colorado Springs. Throughout its history, the firm has stayed true to its 12 Core Values, which emphasize excellence in advocacy and a commitment to providing outstanding client service. Michael studied sociology and economics as an undergraduate student at The Colorado College, and he earned his law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law. In addition to being involved in several legal and community organizations, Michael enjoys playing music and cooking, and he has written a book on spiritual matters.