DC Lawyers Turned Designers

When you're at a party in DC and you ask someone what they do for a living, it usually begins, "Well, I went to law school and I practiced for a few years, then I decided to pursue my real passion [insert blank]." Almost everyone in DC has been a lawyer including some of the area's best interior designers. Here are a few of DC's "former lawyers" who are finally and successfully pursuing their passion for design. Lori Graham: Lori holds a law degree from Georgetown University, and a MSc from the London School of Economics. The press often compliments her, "ability to marry old world charm with urban flair and her use fresh colors, layers of texture and modern materials.” Lori also has a custom furniture called LG place.

Dana Tydings: Dana is a former DC lawyer who is known as much for her design skills as her project management skills (it seems the law degree did not go to waste). She integrates the scale and color of her design into the architecture of a space, making her technical expertise appealing to many commercial clients.

Fabiola Martens: Fabiola holds two prestigious law degrees in Belgium and the United States and practiced law for many years before transitioning into interior design. Her work is influenced by modern European design that features clean open spaces. She believes in the symmetry and balance of traditional design combined with modern simplicity.

Gordon Chin: Gordon was profiled by Apartment Therapy a few years ago after he left his real estate law practice, during the recession, and decided to focus on interior design. His style is Asian-influenced and sophisticated without being pretentious. Gordon doesn't believe home design should break the bank (especially when real estate prices are high in large cities- like DC), but he does suggest investing in a few show-stopping pieces to make an interior truly special.

Paul Corrie: Paul went to the University of Virginia and Dickinson School of Law and practiced law until his parents urged him to start doing what he wanted to do with his life, not what he thought they wanted him to do with his life. (wouldn't we all love to hear that from our parents?) Paul's designs are warm and traditional with a modern twist.

Images: As linked above.

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