Faced with the sudden death of her parents and subsequent immersion in complicated estate matters, Christine Cave remembers her introduction to law as unpleasant.
"I found myself immersed in a complicated estate, with probates in three states, becoming the president of my parents' company - in addition to my own," said Cave, who ran a bed and breakfast/special events center just outside of Portland, Ore.
"A couple of months after the (plane) crash, my lawyer told me that I was good at this and should go to law school. I sat down one day and took the LSAT, scored well, and decided to go to law school to further my 'education.' Once I got to law school, I fell in love with the law (and Oklahoma) and decided to sell my business to become a lawyer in Oklahoma."
Cave graduated with highest honors from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2003 and began her legal career as a law clerk for Judge Robin J. Cauthron in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. Two years later, she joined the Oklahoma City law firm of Abowitz, Timberlake & Dahnke as an associate. Her areas of practice include primarily commercial and employment litigation. She also works with nonprofits and small businesses to develop training manuals and programs, educating them in how to minimize the risk of litigation.
Cave is contributing author to a commentary on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which is scheduled for publication in July. She also has served as an adjunct professor at the OU College of Law, team-teaching a class on Oklahoma Federal Practice.
She currently serves as younger lawyers chair of the Federal Bar Association's Oklahoma City chapter. …