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Lana S. Warlick Law Office of Lana S. Warlick, Jacksonville

I would have been a veterinarian. My husband and I have come to appreciate how much intelligence our dogs possess, their unique personalities and their abilities to amuse and entertain us, comfort us, love us and generally lower our blood pressures. A good friend gave me a pillow that says, “My goal in life ... is to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am.” If I couldn’t practice law and help people, I would like to help the animals that enrich our lives.

Vita: Born Sept. 18, 1951, in Charlotte; bachelor’s and law degrees from UNC Chapel Hill; husband and two stepchildren. Why she chose this field: Family law is challenging, personally rewarding and never boring. Memorable case: One of my first appellate cases was a case of first impression and dealt with the division of military-retirement pay in an equitable-distribution case. Passions: Mattie, my spoiled Lhasa apso; UNC basketball; crossword puzzles; and weekends at the beach. Recent reading: The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. Favorite place: Our beach cottage at Surf City. We recently named it Sanity Saver. Hero: My mother, from whom I inherited my work ethic, and my father, from whom I inherited my eternal optimism. Don’t ask her to: Ride an elevator if stairs are available.

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