Name: Sharon Hamilton Broach
Age: 49 1/2
Hometown: Birmingham, Alabama
Education: B.S. & M.Ed., Howard University; J.D., University of Alabama School of Law
What led you to practice mediation law?
Mediation appeals to me for several reasons. First, I really like the conciliatory nature of it. As a mediator, I bring parties together and assist them in resolving their disputes amicably and expeditiously. Second, mediation helps parties settle their differences without the investment of time and money required by litigation. The average lawsuit takes approximately 14 months to complete; the average mediation takes approximately five hours. Third, parties can mediate a dispute any time after a dispute arises; for example, before a lawsuit is filed or after a lawsuit is filed and can even suspend trial proceedings and proceed to mediation instead. It is never too early or too late to resolve a dispute. Fourth, mediation allows great flexibility and creativity in resolving disputes. Unlike trials, where courts and juries are bound by the relevant law, mediation allows parties to fashion their own resolution. Lastly, I thoroughly enjoy engaging my fellow members of the Bar and their clients to facilitate a discussion that leads to resolutions that both parties find acceptable. It is a win-win practice and I love it for all of those reasons!
What’s something that your friends or clients would be surprised to learn about you?
After seeing Dream Girls starring Jennifer Holiday in 1983, I really thought I wanted to be a Broadway actor and singer. It did not take long for me to realize that singing and acting were not my calling. Instead of being on stage, I do the next best thing and enjoy Broadway from the audience.
What is your biggest achievement?
My biggest achievement is raising my children to be happy, kind, loving, thoughtful, God-fearing, productive citizens. Although Anthony Omar and Alexis are only 21 and 18 years old respectively, they have consistently shown their father and me that those traits are a large part of who they are. Every day that they display those qualities, they win and the world around them wins.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
I am perfectly happy when I am at home enjoying family game night with my husband Anthony and children Anthony Omar and Alexis. Anthony and I started family game night when the kids were in elementary school. We play Scrabble, Spades, Jenga, and any other game we may grab until daybreak. Wings, chips, and other junk food delicacies keep us fueled for the long hours. We are a competitive bunch, so it’s a lively night full of trash talking and bragging rights for the winner!
What’s your motto/mantra?
Currently my mantra is “Go get it, girl!” That refers to anything that I need to actually live the life that I want for myself. No more waiting, no more excuses. And it comes at a good time, since my husband and I are now empty nesters.
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