WOMEN OF WESTERN NEW YORK

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Davitta Alexander

Life, Love and the Law

We often hear about lawyers getting a bad reputation. The profession as a whole is often given

grievances for being unethical. Ironically enough, it is one of the few professions that is policed

by ethical rules and failure to follow said rules of professional conduct can lead to a lawyer losing the

right to practice or more commonly know as being disbarred. Do not pass GO and do not collect $200!

Divitta Alexander disagrees with this notion of the profession, stating that being a lawyer

is a service job. You are helping those with a problem they can’t handle themselves.

As a young girl growing up she always wanted to become a lawyer and it is rare a person

can live out their childhood dreams. Her story is powerful and filled with motivation

for us to pull from. Why is Divitta Alexander a woman to watch? See for yourself!

A City Honors graduate, she went on to the University of Michigan. It was here Divitta was

inspired by her math professor to pursue a degree in applied mathematics. This would allow

her to teach classes at Buffalo State College such as Algebra and Geometry. She had decided

the next move for her would be to get her Masters in Business Administration (MBA). But

after taking the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), she decided an MBA would

not be the best choice. It was at this time, during the mid-90’s, that companies such as Enron

were going through turmoil. As a result, she found graduates with an MBA had hard times getting

jobs. Divitta then took some time off and got a job working as a secretary in a law firm. It

was while working here she decided to chase her dream of becoming a lawyer and applied to

law school. Our very own SUNY Buffalo Law School made the great choice in accepting her!

Anyone who has attempted to pursue a degree in law understands the time and hard work

required to finish. However, imagine having a six-month year when you began law school?

Still not tough enough for you? Okay what if you had a second child during law school?

Now, I have your attention. But let me also add to the equation that you do not take any time

off from school. So now, you are a mother, full-time law student, and nothing is free in life so

Davitta Alexander

Counselor

by Chris Killings

you also work a full time job. It would have been easy to make any number of excuses.

Divitta Alexander made none and completed her law degree at U.B. She remembers

she took two months off of work and gave studying for the New York state Bar exam

her full attention. She passed the first time stating, “I had to pass the first time because

I could not afford to spend more time studying for it. My children depended on me.”

And she did not let them down, as she steps up to the plate time and time again.

As a lawyer, she works with a focus on transactional law as it relates to commercial

real estate and affordable housing. She is the dealmaker on your team making

phone calls, reviewing documents and drawing up contracts. Ultimately, bringing

two parties together so that a vacant lot can begin development or two companies

can agree on terms of development. With the ongoing development in the

city, Divitta is keeping busy. While working in this area of law, Divitta has learned

a lot from her various mentors and has developed great technical skills . She has recently

started her own law firm! I know what you’re thinking. She went from taking

calls as a secretary to having to put you on hold because businesses are calling her.

Divitta Alexander, Esq.

Divitta Alexander PLLC

50 Fountain Plaza, Suite 1400-122

Buffalo, New York 14202

Phone: (716) 725-3123

photo by Xavier’s

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