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Female Disruptors: Kelly Hyman of The Hyman Law Firm On The Three Things You Need To Shake Up Your Industry

An Interview With Candice Georgiadis

It’s important as a woman to be bold, be brave, and be you. Sometimes you will want to be a certain way but it is important to be true to yourself. Everyone is unique, and it’s important to remember that you can’t put a square peg into a circle hole. It’s important to be yourself. One of the other things that I do every year is write down three goals that I want to accomplish for the year and make sure to tell someone about these goals as well. This gives me accountability for staying true to who I am and what I want to accomplish.

As a part of our series about women who are shaking things up in their industry, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kelly Hyman.

Attorney, author, and media commentator Kelly Hyman is a female Democratic voice in often male-dominated Republican spaces. She regularly appears on Fox News, BBC, ABC, Newsmax, and Court TV as a legal and democratic political analyst. Passionate about uplifting women and bridging the political divide, Kelly was named a “Modern Day Erin Brockovich” by Forbes, commended for her ability to communicate the intricacies of law and politics in an accessible manner to the average American. In July, 2021, Kelly released her second book, “Build Back Better: The First 100 Days of the Biden Administration, and Beyond” using her political and legal expertise to outline the direction of the next four years of Biden’s presidency from healthcare and the COVID-10 pandemic to environmental policy and gun safety.

From child actor to Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated attorney and 2021 Lawdragon Leading Plaintiff Lawyer, Kelly Hyman has an unconventional background. With sting on shows like Young and the Restless and a range of commercials in the 1970s and ’80s, she uses her acting experience to get through stressful on-camera moments, while giving her expert opinion on issues like the Harvey Weinstein trial, the 2020 presidential election, and various other social issues.

Kelly graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Communications and received her Juris Doctor degree cum laude from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law. Kelly is now growing her extensive experience in mass tort litigation, having represented hundreds of claimants in claims and individual actions filed involving water contamination, tobacco, and Transvaginal Mesh and Bladder Slings (including products sold by Bard, Coloplast, Johnson & Johnson/Ethicon, Mentor, Boston Scientific, AMS, and ARIS).

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Before we dig in, our readers would like to get to know you a bit more. Can you tell us a bit about your “backstory”? What led you to this particular career path?

I was raised by a single mother from Australia. She was a tennis pro who was struggling financially and began teaching Charlton Heston tennis lessons. My mother eventually became friends with him, and one day she took me with her to the tennis court to meet him. I was a cute young kid, only 5 years old at the time, and my mother asked him, “Can you get my daughter an agent?” He smiled and said, “Sure!” True to his word, Charlton Heston got me my first agent, and I ended up growing up in the entertainment industry as a child actress.

Although it is my second career, I always knew that I wanted to go to law school. Whenever I tell people that I am a third-generation lawyer, they ask me where my grandfather went to law school. I always smile and respond, “My grandmother went to St. John’s in New York.” I always knew that I wanted to help people and make a difference in people’s lives, and being a lawyer and advocating for people enables me to do that. I have also been a media commentator and legal analyst on television, which additionally gives me the opportunity to express my views to people across the country for which I am very thankful.

Can you tell our readers what it is about the work you’re doing that’s disruptive?

I am taking on corporations and banks, and representing the consumers that have been harmed. In filing class-action lawsuits against entities that harm their users, whether it is defective drugs, medical devices, or big corporations, I aim to disrupt the status quo in order to help the American people.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

When I was a child actor, I was in a movie called, “Doing Time on Planet Earth,” my mom brought me on the set, and went up to this gentleman whom she believed was a police officer. I noticed he had full makeup on, and recognized him as Adam West from Batman. I tried to convince my mother that he was an actor but my mom, who is Australian, didn’t believe me. My mom goes up to him and says, “Officer” to which he responds “Yes ma’am how may I help you?” She tells him, “My daughter is in this movie” and he responds “Oh that’s wonderful congratulations!” After asking if he knew where we were supposed to go, Adam West pointed in the direction and we walked away. “See?” my mom said, “That was a police officer!”

Later, I went up to him and apologized, explaining that she was from Australia and didn’t know any American actors. He replied, “Not a problem at all! It was fun, I was playing the part of the police officer.” I appreciated how nice and understanding he was about it all, and realized that we now had this joke and bond between us. While it wasn’t me who made the mistake, this experience helped me realize that we all as human beings make mistakes and that sometimes it is important to not take ourselves too seriously.

We all need a little help along the journey. Who have been some of your mentors? Can you share a story about how they made an impact?

An acting coach that I had growing up always told me a quote by Albert Einstein, who said “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” He also encouraged me to not take things too personally. As an actor, I had to go to many auditions and didn’t always get the part, which can often be very disappointing and stressful. Whenever I was sad because I lost a part, he would always say “Kelly, you didn’t lose the part because it wasn’t your part- you didn’t have the part to lose.” I always thought that this mindset was very interesting: I didn’t have the part, I was auditioning for the part. Thinking this way enabled me as a child growing up in the entertainment industry to get thicker skin and learn how to deal with any situations or disappointments that may come about.

In today’s parlance, being disruptive is usually a positive adjective. But is disrupting always good? When do we say the converse, that a system or structure has ‘withstood the test of time’? Can you articulate to our readers when disrupting an industry is positive, and when disrupting an industry is ‘not so positive’? Can you share some examples of what you mean?

The end goal of these class actions against corporations and banks is to have a positive result to ensure that they stop the practice or procedure and also compensate those affected to make them whole for the damage that occurred. This disruption is so that there will be a positive and lasting end result against these practices; whether it be human trafficking, sex trafficking, or some kind of police reform. If the harm continues to happen, then that would mean that things did not in fact change. If there is something going on that harms people, the goal is to make things more positive. If there isn’t positive change, then it could potentially cause harm.

Can you share 3 of the best words of advice you’ve gotten along your journey? Please give a story or example for each.

It’s important as a woman to be bold, be brave, and be you. Sometimes you will want to be a certain way but it is important to be true to yourself. Everyone is unique, and it’s important to remember that you can’t put a square peg into a circle hole. It’s important to be yourself. One of the other things that I do every year is write down three goals that I want to accomplish for the year and make sure to tell someone about these goals as well. This gives me accountability for staying true to who I am and what I want to accomplish.

We are sure you aren’t done. How are you going to shake things up next?

I am going to continue to do what I do: fight the good fight, represent people that have been harmed, and continue to advocate for people, whether it’s legally or politically.

In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges faced by ‘women disruptors’ that aren’t typically faced by their male counterparts?

One of the biggest challenges is credibility- when people are perceived a certain way because of their gender. For example, when I say I am a third-generation lawyer, people automatically assume that my grandfather went to law school instead of my grandmother. Or, in court, when my colleague was assumed to be a court reporter instead of actually representing the defendant.

I do not think that we should let these obstacles limit us or limit what we can accomplish. We now have our first female Vice President, and hopefully in the near future we will have a woman President. It is important to be mindful of the women in the past who have made history, the women who are making it now, and the women in the future who will ensure that any young woman can be anything she wants to be. The only limits that we have are the limits that we put on ourselves.

Do you have a book/podcast/talk that’s had a deep impact on your thinking? Can you share a story with us?

There are quite a few books that I highly recommend: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Dale Carnegie, The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale, Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki, Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, and The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.

All of these books are self-improvement books and are very inspirational, fascinating reads. They have allowed me to focus on the positives instead of dwelling on the negatives, and I have started to look at things prospectively as being glass half-full. These books have also helped me realize that it’s important to stop putting any limitations on yourself or what you want to achieve. If you have certain goals or dreams, you should go after them. They also gave me great strategies for creating a plan based on my goals and helped me believe that I am truly capable of achieving anything.

You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-)

I would try to get people to vote. Voting is a fundamental right and it is important to let your voice be heard. It’s important to get out and vote so that our representatives represent the wants of people across the country. For example, the majority of Americans support the COVID relief package and were very happy that it went through, yet not one Republican member of Congress supported it. Some did after it happened, but they did not vote for it and that is what the American people wanted them to do. If your representatives are not representing your interest, then vote them out. It shouldn’t be a political issue, it should be what’s in your best interest for the American people.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” I like this quote because it shows the importance of looking beyond one’s self. We need to make this world a better place so that we improve it for future generations. It also shows the importance of ensuring that we are all equal: equal work for equal pay.

How can our readers follow you online?

Political Analyst Website: https://kellyhymancolorado.com

Law Website: https://thehymanlawfirm.com

Author Website: https://kellyhymanauthor.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kelly-hyman/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kelly_hyman1/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Kellyhyman1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KellyHyman2

This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for joining us!

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Candice Georgiadis

Candice Georgiadis

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Candice Georgiadis is an active mother of three as well as a designer, founder, social media expert, and philanthropist.