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Free to empower consumers Brain surgeries led alumna to start own company BY T.K. BRADY

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Tiffany Smith ’09

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it with a painful chronic medical condition that required three brain surgeries and unsure if big firm life was for her, Tiffany Smith ’09 did what anyone would do: She became her own boss. Working at a prominent law firm had been a personal goal for Smith. Get through law school, join a firm as an associate and work her way up the ladder — that was the path she planned to take. However, during her time at law school, Smith encountered a road block that she could never have anticipated. She was diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia, a chronic pain condition that sends pain signals from a nerve in the face to the brain, ultimately forcing her to rethink her entire law career. After undergoing two sinus surgeries during her time at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Smith took a job working for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in Washington, D.C. as an associate. While working for Akin Gump was a dream-come-true for Smith, her medical condition required two neurosurgeries and three intense brain surgeries — all within her first two years as an associate. The treatments forced her to take extended time off from work and made it difficult for her to serve clients to the best of her ability. “After a few years, I realized that my particular situation wasn’t really practical for a large-firm career path,”

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