Monday Profile: Shalini Nangia

Shalini Nangia has been with Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss, P.C. in Ann Arbor since December 2012, and specializes in family law litigation. She is also a trained mediator and spent several years supervising and mentoring law students at Wayne State University’s Free Legal Aid Clinic while she was employed by Legal Aid & Defender Association. Her transition to private practice began in 2011 at the former Ann Arbor firm of Moran, Raimi, Goethel & Karnani, P.C.

Nangia was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and still often visits her parents there. After graduating summa cum laude from Ohio University and receiving her juris doctorate from the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, Nangia moved to Florida long enough to get licensed. She soon moved to Michigan and has been here for the last 19 years. 

Nangia lives in Livonia with her two sons.


By Jo Mathis

Legal News
Currently reading … “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle and “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green.
What advice do you have for someone considering law school? Don’t do it unless you really want to be an attorney and have a good plan for getting employed! Gone are the days when you can go to law school just to go.
Which things do you not like to do? Yard work.
What do you wish someone would invent? More hours in the day.
What has been your favorite year so far? My 40th. Many positive changes in my life that year professionally and personally.
Does your job ever make you pessimistic? No, but it has made me realistic. Pessimism is a state of mind where one anticipates undesirable outcomes. I don’t expect them, but I’m usually never surprised.
If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would that be? My children, so that I can better see things from their perspective.
What’s the most awe-inspiring place you have visited? The Taj Mahal. The sheer enormity and beauty is breathtaking when you consider that it was built by hand in 1631.
If you could have one super power, what would it be? The power of patience.
What would you say to your 16-year-old self? Don’t care so much about what others think about you.
Favorite joke:
I always chuckle reading the real quotes from court, such as: 
Q: What is your date of birth? 
A: July fifteenth. 
Q: What year? 
A: Every year. 
Q: This myasthenia gravis - does it affect your memory at all? 
A: Yes. 
Q: And in what ways does it affect your memory? 
A: I forget. 
Q: You forget. Can you give us an example of something that you've forgotten? 
Q: All your responses must be oral, okay? What school did you go to? 
A: Oral. 
What is guaranteed to make you laugh? The Daily Show.
Must-see TV: “Breaking Bad,” “House of Cards,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Scandal.”
What’s your biggest regret? No room for regrets when there is a lesson to be learned from everything that happens.
What word do you overuse? My kids vote for “No.”
What’s one thing you would like to learn to do? Ballroom dancing.
What is something most people don't know about you? I decided to be an attorney in the 6th grade.
Can’t-live-without technology: iPhone – hard to believe I didn’t get a smart phone until 2013!
Does anything worry you? No – everything will unfold as it should.
What was the greatest compliment someone ever paid you? That I was doing a good job raising my boys.
Are you concerned about diet and exercise? I’m concerned about exercising so I’m not forced to diet! Unfortunately, the ratio of exercise to eating has changed over the years.
What’s the best advice you ever received? Talk less, listen more. (Still working on that one).
If you can help it, where will you never return? 36th District Court.
What do you drive? A Honda Odyssey. It’s not the sexiest car, but it’s great in every other aspect.
Favorite place to spend money: Amazon.
What is your motto? “Well-behaved women seldom make history.”
Where would you like to be when you’re 90? Somewhere warm with those I love along with my physical and mental health.
What would you like carved onto your tombstone? I plan to be cremated, but I think scales of justice would be appropriate on the urn – they represent my career as well the balance I strive for in my daily life. 


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