Peter's story is one of western migration and self-discovery with style.
Peter knew that he wanted to be part of a well-established, successful and people-oriented law firm. What he could not have foretold was that he would find Field Law, migrate across the country and become a successful wills and estates litigator!
His story starts out in Eastern Canada - McMaster University actually, where Peter studied Communications and Psychology to complete his BA with Honours in 2006. Moving in a slightly north-westerly direction, he attended University of Ottawa and completed his law degree. Faced with the situation in Ontario where there were too many articling students for the number of available articling positions, a family member suggested that he might want to consider going much further west.
Hunting around for a suitable western firm, he sent out a number of applications for articling positions. Field Law, for that particular year had already extended offers to their slate of articling students. As fate would have it though, a position opened up and Predrag was a top candidate. Being so far away, the firm elected to interview him by telephone and he impressed the hiring committee so much they extended an offer that he quickly accepted.
Most people coming out of law school have no idea what area of law they want to pursue a practice in. Field Law offers rotations through most of their major practices and matches each student up with a mentor. Peter's initial thinking was that business law might be his area, or immigration, or litigation. - or something else. He completed his articles and got called to the bar and shortly after Field Law offered him permanent employment and an associate lawyer position.
As an associate lawyer with Field Law, Peter is familiar with hard work. What made Peter stand apart was his early recognition that the business of providing legal services was changing rapidly and that it is extremely important to develop internal and external relationships, develop business and use multiple digital communication platforms. Peter was part of the Business Law Group in Calgary and spent many hours reading the CMO's business development and marketing books, and becoming best friends with LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and his own website biography.
But Peter was still unhappy and took a moment of personal introspection to consider whether the practice he was pursuing would engage him productively through time so that he could give his best work to his clients. He realized that he wasn't doing what he really loved and took steps to transition his practice to one he now owns: wills and estates with a focus on complex estate and trust litigation, estate planning and probate matters.
Peter's collaborative nature, curiosity and openness to experimentation in business development and fashion make him a force. He has added Instagram to his communications arsenal and now blogs. Clients appreciate his role as a compassionate, trusted advisor while they are facing difficult and highly-emotional circumstances and when clients need advice or services outside his skill set, Peter connects them with other professionals within his extensive network.
Finding your path to success is not always a direct one and with your work ethic and support from Field Law, you will have a mutually rewarding career.