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2021 Unsung Legal Heroes: Sherry Hurst

Firm Administration: Administrator, Fox Smith

sherry-hurstSherry Hurst oversees the operations of the Fox Smith law firm, including accounting, IT, marketing, HR, recruiting staff and attorneys and much more.

She worked in management roles at various firms before becoming the administrator of Fox Smith in 2003. Hurst holds a double bachelor’s degree and a double master’s degree in business administration and HR development, and she is active in the Association of Legal Administrators.

“The field of law has always been interesting to me and there are so many opportunities for advancement and growth,” she said. “My work is different each and every day.”

What have been your key accomplishments in this role?

I’d have to say keeping the firm on track during a pandemic stands out as being a key accomplishment. The circumstances required that we adapt very quickly to avoid loss of revenue. We were able to pivot and move our entire staff to remote access in less than a week. There were countless procedures to restructure and guidelines to put into play with a rapid turn-around. And just when we would have it worked out, the guidelines would change and challenge us all over again.

What is the best part of your job?

The best part about my job is the people and the relationships created along with the variety of projects that come across my desk. I’ve worked with some great attorneys and staff for the past few decades, but I truly feel the group I have the honor of working with now is the best bunch under the same roof.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

Music is a passion for me. I cannot escape it. It is a part of who I am.  It has always been a huge part of my life! I traveled the western states with a Christian ensemble in high school, performed in musicals, community theatre, big band choir and even sang in a country band in my younger years. My family is very musical and it always has been a great outlet. No matter what I’m going through, I can always rely on music to remind me of the true beauty in life.

Unsung Legal Heroes 2021