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Staci Criswell

Partner, 
Dinsmore & Shohl 
Charleston, 40

As a partner at Dinsmore & Shohl's wealth planning group, Staci Criswell said her favorite part of her job is providing peace to clients' restless minds. 

"I think what I most enjoy is making sure family members are taken care of and their wishes are carried out, when they are no longer there," Criswell explained. 

She said she also loves to negotiate favorable settlements on behalf of her clients. 

"I feel like there are days when you can get in a rut, where you're doing things over and over again. With my practice area, I run into novel areas and it keeps me on my toes. I do enjoy that," she said. 

In her life, Criswell has held many jobs, starting with babysitting jobs when she was 12 years old. 

"I also waited tables in high school and college," she said. 

Although, her favorite job, she said, was working for the school paper, The Daily Athenaeum. 

"I worked in ad production and I loved that job," she said. "For one, I loved the people I worked with and I also liked that you were able to be a little more creative in that job." 

Criswell received her undergraduate degree in psychology from West Virginia University. She later attended the WVU College of Law, where she received her law degree. 

Although her job keeps her on her toes, Criswell says she relaxes by spending time with her 10-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son.

"When the weather gets nicer, we are going to see more of West Virginia. We want to see more of the state parks over the weekends. I want to try to be a little more active and do more things outside," she said. "As you get older, you want to get more active. And as the kids are getting older, I want to be more active with them." 

Criswell said one of the many things she has learned in her life is to do the best she can.