Rising attorney turns “Rising Star”
By Nadia Felder
Rising attorney and 2015 graduate of the FAMU College of Law, Isaiah Floyd, admits he doesn’t have an ego. He strongly believes there’s nothing wrong, with being wrong – if it’s not more than once.
Perhaps it was this mentality that led him to be recognized as the “2017 Rising Star” during the law school’s Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards.
This award is given to graduates who have well-established themselves in the legal practice while impacting their community, just two short years after their graduation.
“Becoming an award winner did not change me. I believe in the saying, ‘Never get too high on the highs and too low on the lows’, Floyd said. “My dreams are bigger than one night.”
One of Floyd’s first dreams was to pass the bar exam on the first try. Not only did Floyd reach that dream, but he also landed a position as an Associate Attorney at Mont’s Law, P.L. directly after graduation.
He also made time to inspire young lives along the way. Both before and after becoming an attorney, Floyd spent hours speaking with students in high-poverty and low-performance high schools throughout Florida, from Tallahassee, to Sanford and even his Tampa hometown. In fact, on several occasions he was personally invited by principals to speak during school programs.
“I spend most of my time speaking to the youth about choices. I have always believed that “life is about choices” and I spend about an hour or two hammering that into their brains,” said Floyd. “I also expressed the need for black lawyers and how it could potentially change the justice system.”
In the office, Floyd spends crazy long hours dedicated to meeting the needs of his clients and their cases. As a young attorney, Floyd is constantly seeking new and innovative information to better represent his clients, even if it means coming into the office on weekends. Floyd has accounted for over seven hundred thousand dollars ($700,000) in settlements for injured clients.
“To be successful, you have to effectively communicate…which requires understanding different backgrounds, cultures, etc.,” said Floyd. “I was exposed to a variety of people during my student leadership period, which is why I am good at communicating now.”
Most of his legal success he attributes to his involvement within student leadership in both undergrad and law school. During his days at Florida State University (FSU), Floyd served as the president of his fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma. During law school, he served as a student ambassador which sparked his interest in the American Bar Association. He eventually became a Lieutenant Governor of Regional Affairs for the organization.
When asked what inspires him today, Floyd questioned not what inspires him, but who.
“My father has always been a hard worker dedicated to serving his community,” he said. “I would hope to be half the man he is.”
Tips for success from Floyd:
- Be the master of your own image, rather than letting others define it for you.
- Never put off for tomorrow, what you can do today.
- Lose your ego.