Hannah Bowie, an attorney at Osterbind Law, PLLC, never saw herself as a personal injury lawyer, but she believes she has landed exactly where she’s supposed to be, both in terms of her area of practice and the firm she’s proud to call part of her family.
Hannah has been up and down the East Coast: born in Maine, she spent part of her childhood in Georgia before moving to New Hampshire. In her early career, Hannah worked in the mortgage industry, starting as a receptionist and quickly making her way up the ranks to her ultimate position as a loan officer.
But then the economy crashed in 2008, at the same time that Hannah suffered a devastating personal loss. Together, those experiences caused her to rethink her life, leading her to the realization that she felt called to the practice of law. She enrolled at Liberty University, where she obtained both her bachelor’s degree and her law degree.
Hannah felt immediately drawn to the strong culture and values of Osterbind Law and realized that this work would allow her to help people from all walks of life. Here, she’s learning from experienced attorneys and working on a team that’s dedicated to getting the best possible outcomes for every client. As Hannah says, her role allows her to help injured people see the light at the end of the tunnel and make their way to the other side.
One of the values that Hannah shared with the Osterbinds was the expectation that lawyers should be accessible to their clients and should come to know their clients as people rather than just as cases. Whether by phone or through the MyCase online client communication system, Hannah strives to return every message within a business day, so that Osterbind Law’s clients never feel out of touch or have to grapple with uncertainty alone.
One of Hannah’s best traits is her ability to truly listen to her clients, not only hearing what they’re saying but also intuiting how they’re feeling as their cases proceed. Hannah has a strong memory for the details of her clients’ lives and firmly believes that, at the end of the day, the little things can be every bit as important as the big things. She relates to people on a human level, seeking to be a trusted advisor rather than an authority figure on a pedestal—in fact, she doesn’t even display her diplomas in her office, believing that certificates and accolades have a way of building a wall between her and her clients. Hannah also appreciates how every client and every case is different—which allows her to solve new problems and tackle new challenges every day.
Hannah is from a close-knit family, which she reunites with every summer for an extended family vacation in Maine. She also loves to travel to new places and push her own boundaries by experiencing new things. And her dedication to helping people with both the little details and the big picture extends beyond the office: Hannah works part time in her church as the director of the Buddies Program, teaching struggling children to redirect their behavior and overcome the challenges they face, whether big or small.