Born into family that runs several generations deep into the field of law enforcement, Mandie Biggs always knew she would pursue a career involving law.
Growing up, Biggs was surrounded by a family of law enforcement officers, and entered the academy alongside her brother as the eighth generation to go into the field. Biggs then served as a police officer in Indianapolis before moving back to Valparaiso, where her career took an unexpected turn.
“I had every intention of becoming an officer here in Valpo, but ended up getting a job at Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys as a Human Resource Manager and fell in love with it,” Biggs said. “Jonathan Faust, our Managing Attorney, always says that the people who work here write their own story, and that’s exactly what I did.”
Though it wasn’t where she expected to end up, Biggs has been writing her story at Lerner and Rowe for four and a half years now. She initially intended to work behind the scenes of court cases in forensics, but quickly found her home in Lerner and Rowe’s Human Resources department.
“I applied to Lerner and Rowe to learn how law firms worked and hoped to apply that to a career in forensics,” Biggs said. “I realized that I was way more of a people person than an enforcer of the law, though, and ended up switching gears. The law aspect is what caught my attention at Lerner and Rowe, and the people and its culture are what kept me around.”
The Lerner and Rowe culture Biggs came to love stems from a level of trust team members have to do right by the company and do right by each other, all while creating a laid back yet hardworking atmosphere.
“It sounds cliché and I know a lot of people say this, but we really are all family here,” Biggs said. “Those that really stick with the company become part of such a close unit. We’re not only co-workers, but also each other’s closest friends.”
“Working with the people here is definitely the best part of the job,” Biggs continued. “It doesn’t matter if you’re an attorney or a receptionist, everyone is equally appreciated and will go above and beyond to help without question.”
Biggs’ team-oriented nature and relentless work ethic are a product of her father’s lifelong positive influence.
“My dad always pushed me to be the best ‘me’ I can be,” Biggs said. “He always told me, ‘I don’t care if you’re a cashier at McDonald’s, you better be the best cashier they’ve ever seen.’ My motivation to work hard and put others before myself comes wholeheartedly from him.”
While her father helped to mold Biggs at home, Managing Attorney Jonathan Faust has been a guiding force throughout her career at Lerner and Rowe.
“Jonathan has not only helped me develop professionally, but on a personal level as well,” Biggs said. “He’s brought me closer with my faith and shown me what the best type of leadership looks like. He does his job with so much grace, and learning from him has meant a lot to me.”
Though the law field can be stressful at times, Biggs carries a philosophy with her that helps her deal with daily stress.
“I have a rule of thumb for stress that goes like this,” Biggs said. “If it’s something that you can control, why stress about it? And if it’s something that you can’t control, why stress about it? Either way there’s no point in worrying because if I can control it, I will. If I can’t, worrying is useless.”
For Biggs, landing at Lerner and Rowe is one of the best curveballs life has thrown her, and there’s nowhere else she’d rather share her talents and skills.
“All I can say is that this is a great place to work, and it’s filled with some of the most understanding, selfless people in the whole world,” Biggs said. “I feel incredibly lucky to work for a company that is successful in its own right, and gives back to its staff and clients. Lerner and Rowe focuses on helping to propel people forward, and that’s why I stay.”