Ryan E. Wind is a trial attorney at Allen & Allen. He attended Essex County High School and graduated from the University of Mary Washington, magna cum laude. Ryan attended T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, receiving his J. D. magna cum laude. Ryan joined the Allen Law Firm in September, 2014 and primarily works in the firm’s Mechanicsville office.
Why did you decide to go to law school?
I grew up in eastern rural Virginia on a farm. Where I come from there are not a lot of career options. My two older brothers both went to medical school and I was driven to be successful like they were, but also wanted to make my own path. As a kid I always liked watching “Matlock” and thought it would be interesting to be an attorney.
Did you always know that you wanted to pursue personal injury law?
Entering law school I never would have thought I would become a personal injury attorney. After my second year of law school though, I worked with a personal injury law firm and I knew right away that I wanted to practice in this area because I could truly help people through difficult times.
What do you most enjoy about Allen & Allen?
My co-workers. Everyone is hard working, and at the same time very nice.
What is the best part about your job?
Being able to help people. I truly enjoy being the person people are willing to turn to when they have had a collision and their life is at a low point. Being able to work with my clients to pull them through a hard time is very rewarding.
Who has inspired you?
My mother and father, who have sacrificed every day of their lives in order to give their seven children a better life than they had.
What experiences have been influential on your life or career?
Growing up in rural Virginia, I wanted to be a farmer and then I wanted to be a logger. When I was young, my brother, Trevor, and I would cut and split firewood and then “sell” it to my dad and others. I remember telling my father I did not want to go to college, and that I enjoyed cutting down trees and wanted to be a logger. He told me that I should go to college and I could always come back and be a logger. He said if I had an education it would be my choice and that I would be the happiest logger in the woods because I would be choosing that profession. My father instilled in me early on that having the ability to choose in life is one of the essential keys to happiness.
What advice would you have for a new law school graduate just beginning his or her career?
It is a tough world out there. If you work hard and smart, the cream still rises to the top.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” - Calvin Coolidge, U.S. President