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Staff Spotlight: Mary Waldrop, Paralegal

Mary Waldrop joined the firm in 2007, after working for twenty­four years as a paralegal in the area of personal injury law. She received a B.A. in Secondary Education from the University of South Carolina-Upstate in 1982, and began her paralegal career shortly thereafter. You can read more of her professional bio here, but today we wanted to give a personal glimpse into Mary.

She writes, “The most rewarding part of my job is definitely when an adoption is completed and seeing the joy in the faces of the adoptive parents.  It is such a rewarding feeling to know I was a small part in this family’s story.   I like to collect photographs of children following the final adoption and keep on a bulletin board in my office.  It reminds me of just how much our work means in the life of a child and a family.

I really appreciate the thoughtfulness of all my co-workers, but  I want to mention particularly Joan Newell.   Joan always come in with a chipper greeting, and starts her day in a positive way.  She sends cards, prepared treats, brings meals, calls, texts.  I know this from my own experience.  She is a humble person and I am sure does countless other kind acts for her friends, neighbors and family that I will never know about.  She is truly a thoughtful person.

        I love spending time with my family!   My husband is my best friend and we enjoy so many things together – adventures or just sitting quietly and reading or watching TV together.   I also love playing with my two grandsons who have recently moved back to this area.  I cannot get enough of them!   (A photo of me with my husband and grandsons from Christmas 2019 is attached)

My favorite local restaurant is El Matador in Taylors, SC.  My husband and I started going there over 40 years ago, when we were just dating, and love their Mexican cuisine.  I believe they were one of the first Mexican restaurants in the Upstate.  Over the years, we have celebrated lots of birthdays there!

I have only lived in South Carolina, but I cannot image living in a place where I cannot get to the mountains or the ocean on any given day!   That is one of the best things about living here.

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