Stephanie R. Rivas joined Isaacs & Isaacs, PSC in 2018 and concentrates her practice in representing individuals who have been injured.
Rivas grew up in nearby southeastern Indiana and recalls knowing, even when she was small, that she wanted to be a lawyer because “I thought it was the best way to help people.”
Her goal of going to law school was delayed for about 10 years, however, while she and her husband were starting a family. She has three wonderful children and one grandson. Prior to being an undergraduate at Indiana University-Southeast, Rivas began working in the legal field as a law firm paralegal.
After receiving a B.S. degree in accounting in 2004, she took a job with the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in Louisville doing bank audits for nationally chartered banks. The travel demands, however, became too much for her and her family and she returned to work as a paralegal in the legal field.
By 2013, she was finally in a position to pursue her goal of becoming a lawyer and enrolled at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law located in Indianapolis. Her activities in law school included participation in the school’s civil practice clinic and serving as a guardian ad litem for children. She received her J.D. in 2016 as well as a certificate in health law and joined Isaacs & Isaacs, PSC shortly thereafter.
Her work in the firm’s personal injury practice includes a variety of responsibilities, from client contact to research to document preparation. Whatever the task, Rivas applies the same diligence to the matter at hand.
“When I’m doing research, I try to make sure that I’m not missing anything,” she says. “I dig deep until I’m almost 100 percent confident that I have found the answer I was looking for. I love working with people. I love talking to them about their lives and giving them that personal connection that maybe they wouldn’t have had otherwise if they hadn’t have come to us.”
Rivas particularly enjoys the breadth of her work, and the firm’s personal injury practice. These cases typically involve individuals who have suffered some type of harm whether it be from an automobile accident or a serious trucking accident.
“I feel like we’re able to reach people on a bigger scale,” she says, “and that’s very gratifying to me that we are able to help them.”
Rivas is licensed in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and State of Indiana. She is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, Kentucky Justice Association, Louisville Bar Association, Women Lawyer’s Association of Jefferson County, The American Association for Justice, American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association and the American Law Society.
I want my clients to know that I truly do care about each and every one of them.
There are many nights I lay awake worrying about that person’s case and what else I can do to help him or her.
I want each and every client to feel like I treated them better than family.
I think often times when attorneys think of that one case that stands out to you it is because of the huge settlement amount or verdict that was obtained.
This is not true for me—when I look back on cases that I have handled that resulted in settlement—I think about the impact that it had on the person or their family.
The one case that stands out for me was the lady who was injured in an automobile collision—she was also the grandma who had custody of and was caring for her grandchildren.
With the settlement amount obtained on her behalf, she was able, for the first time in her life, to purchase a home for herself and her grandchildren.
Now that is what matters most to me—it’s when I can make an impact on that person’s overall life, and hopefully, improve their quality of life.
Maurer School of Law at Indiana University Bloomington.
Licensed in both Kentucky and Indiana
Was licensed in 2017.