by Terry Rogers
Jason Adkins says it is hard to pinpoint what made him become an attorney. Stevenson House was named for his great-grandfather, Judge William Marion Stevenson, which means the law was more than likely in his blood before he was born.
“I actually keep his gavel in my office,” Adkins said. “I always found law interesting and I tailored my undergrad toward my goal of becoming a lawyer. After graduating from undergrad, I was not mentally prepared for another three years of school and elected to start working as an insurance agent. It was actually along conversation I had with a Milford resident while campaigning for Milford City Council that reignited my desire to become a lawyer.” Adkins won the campaign and served on Milford City Council, representing Ward 2.
Adkins graduated from Milford High School in 2002 and the University of Richmond in 2006. He began law school at Widener School of Law after working at L&W Insurance as an insurance agent for several years. While in law school at Widener University, he worked for Moore & Rutt, P.A. and kept working there after graduating magna cum laude until Friday, September 28 when he left his position as an Associate attorney to open his own law firm.
“While working for Moore & Rutt, I also served as an attorney for the Delaware House of Representatives for a bi-annual session,” Adkins said. “While a large firm by Sussex County standards, it still had the feel of a small firm. Each attorney is still largely independent in managing his own clients, but without the burden of having to worry about the day-to-day affairs of running his own office.”
With an entrepreneurial personality type, Adkins explained that opening his own office was more of a “when, not if.” An unrelenting urge to jump off the cliff and open his own business is the only reason he left Moore & Rutt, a firm that he loved.
“After reaching a point where I believed my skills, reputation and existing client base were sufficient to branch out on my own, I started discussing the possibility with my wife and family,” Adkins said. “As an associate with a firm, I was able to spend all of my time on billable work. I never had to worry about the amount of work I as bringing in as the partners generally had plenty of work they could funnel my way. Now that I am on my own, I will certainly be spending a lot more time on unbillable work as I manage the day-to-day affairs of the business. I now have to rely entirely on my own ability to find enough work and clients to support the business – and receive a paycheck.”
Adkins is married to Jordan (Mitchell) and they have two children, William J. who is five months old and Adalyn R. who is two. His advice to anyone who is considering entering the law is that they make sure they are doing it because it is something they truly want to do.
“I love what I do and am excited to go to work every day,” Adkins said. “Law school grades on a curve, meaning your grade depends on how well everyone else does. I believe the average grade on the curve was a C-. In the first year, there were a number of students who seemed to be going to law school right out of college because they couldn’t figure out what to do with their life. I didn’t see many of those students in the second year. For me, what I enjoy most is the reaction of the clients after a matter is resolved. Whether it is a first time homebuyer purchasing their first home or a client reaching a settlement in a disputed matter, it helps give meaning and purpose to the work I am doing.” Adkins said that the hardest part of his job is separating himself from work when he gets home.
The new office is open at 401 Broadhill Road in Milton and can be reached by calling 302-505-5773.
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