During an internship in 2005, Andrea Worden was inspired and challenged by a mentor who encouraged her to ask “Why?” when advocating for her clients. Worden learned that there is often more to the story than meets the eye, and she could improve her clients’ outcomes by effectively sharing the broader story with prosecutors, judges and juries. She concluded that storytelling was as important as any other legal skill she would acquire during her legal career.
Now, nearly 18 years later, Worden continues to emphasize to her team the power of storytelling and the need to ask questions on behalf of the firm’s clients. It is also one of the reasons she is committed to building and nurturing a diverse team. “We recognize that our unique life experiences shape how we perceive the world,” said Worden. “That’s why our team comprises individuals from diverse backgrounds, cultures, generations, and values. This rich tapestry of perspectives fuels our ability to provide exceptional client advocacy.”
Worden & Carbitcher’s secret weapon lies in their storytelling prowess, allowing them to captivate persuade audiences without resorting to loud or aggressive tactics. But, effective storytelling is not easy. “It takes experience and time,” Worden said. “It requires a deep understanding of our client’s story and communicating it in a way so it will resonate with others involved with their case. We uncover each case’s unique nuances through active listening, creative collaboration and thoughtful questioning. This intentional approach allows us to craft compelling narratives.”