When Angela Lallemont was a kid, she was always looking to help her peers who were hurt on the playground, and she was also looking to save cats.
She liked to help fix things, people and make the world a better place.
“I think it’s a personality thing,” Lallemont said.
The attorney, who’s also a partner at Price, McCluer, Plachecki & Lallemont Law Office, focuses on family law, which isn’t a surprise to those who know her.
But she’s equally skilled at helping those facing bankruptcy, civil suits, as well as real estate and estate planning. She made partner in less than four years.
“I don’t really know how,” she said. “I worked a lot.”
Behind that work ethic is the strong desire to serve her community, both people and animals, which shows how much, and intrinsically little, has changed for Lallemont since her childhood in Amery, Wis.
“I am most proud of my ability to persevere against the odds,” she said, “to have the courage to do the things that terrify me, like sky diving, and of showing other people the respect they deserve. I love to bring passion to community projects, to give life to hopeless endeavors, and to bring smiles to people’s faces.”
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The people she sees every day are a part of a family, and Lallemont said she recognizes that fact; they also need to be treated in a certain way, which she is always sensitive to. It’s something the Hamline University School of Law graduate learned early on, too. If things are going to get better, it’s because we all have a choice to help others be the best person he or she can be.
While her great aunt was a role model, it’s her husband whom she sees as her constant source of support and encouragement. Without him, she said, she could never have accomplished all she has.
Her husband, Luke, who nominated her for Rising Stars Under 40, said his wife is dedicated to bringing competent legal representation to the community.
“She worked so hard to become a partner in her law firm after only four years,” Luke said, “volunteered over 80 legal hours of pro bono work in 2015, was named a rising star in the family law profession, was named a top 40 under 40 attorney by the National Trial Lawyers, and is an adjunct professor at Winona State University.”
As an avid supporter of the Winona Area Humane Society, Lallemont’s concern spreads to the entire community, as her tireless support of the Friends of the Winona Public Library also shows.
She also has a sign on the wall of her office, always in sight of her desk, and it reads: “I persevere, I am relentless, I persist, I keep going, I never give up.”
It’s a constant reminder.
“You are not the product of your environment,” Lallemont said. “You have the choice of who you want to be. Never give up.”