Tenacious M

Posted by Monica Hoel
When Monica Gonzalez was a student at Emory & Henry (Class of 1998) the dean of students told her she was “tenacious.” At the time, she wasn’t exactly sure how to take that.

But now, she is a full-time attorney and an over-time mother of four and she understands that tenacity may be the thing that gets her through her very, very busy days.

Monica is a partner in Faletti & Gonzalez, Pllc in Tazewell, Virginia. She was a prosecutor for a time, but her real passion is in defending a client. She understands that people in trouble need an advocate, and she is tenacious about doing all in her power not just to defend her clients, but also to help them find a way forward out of the trouble and into a fuller life.

She recalls her very first days in the courtroom as a young lawyer, and she didn’t always present herself as being self-confident. She believed in herself, and she knew her work, but she wasn’t ready to speak up in court. She admits that this may surprise some. But on those moments when she seemed to be reserving comment, judges began to sense her body language and started asking her if she would like to share an opinion. Before long she found her voice and no longer needed a prompt, and that ability to express herself has landed her with a reputation as being, well, tenacious in the courtroom.

Monica with her children.You can hear an interview with Monica in the WEHC 90.7 FM archives: https://archive.org/details/OntheDuckPondWall

  • Monica Gonzalez, Emory  & Henry Class of 1998

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