When Bryson is not practicing the law, she enjoys spending time with her husband and law partner, Cary, as well as their six children. She remains active and plays tennis regularly.
When she was at LSU, Angie Bryson studied zoology with plans of entering medical school. She wanted to serve others, but after graduation, Bryson said she felt a calling for a different kind of service: helping clients as a lawyer. Now, she and her husband Cary run the Bryson Law Firm.
Angie works with her clients on tax-related legal issues. She said communications skills and a passion for helping others are the most important skills in her job. A good tax lawyer has to concisely and accurately convey the necessary info to clients, both about the law and what to expect with their case. But good communication isn’t limited to clients.
“Communication with a client can look a lot different than communicating with the taxing authorities we negotiate with, and those communications look different than our communications with our colleagues,” Bryson said.
Bryson added that a good lawyer should also remember they are a servant to their clients. You must “be able to put yourself in a client’s shoes, try to have a true understanding of their situation, and use that in your representation.”
Part of being able to communicate with a client and putting herself in their shoes is being a good listener. Bryson said every client has their own unique story and set of challenges they must face. Each is a human being and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.
“I love getting to be a part of their life stories by being a light in their lives as we resolve their tax troubles and find them peace and freedom from the worry and burden it caused in their life,” Bryson said. “We always advocate passionately for our clients and remember that our clients are affected by the work we do, so we must always do it well.”
A practicing attorney since 1991, the 54-year-old Bryson has not just done tax work. She also worked a memorable open adoption case. A woman from South Texas called her out of the blue saying she wanted a young mom to help her with her adoption case. At the time, Bryson had three children under the age of four.
“I knew nothing about adoption but agreed to take the case after hearing her,” Bryson said.
Bryson studied everything she could about adoption as quickly as she could. She drafted the documents and was ready for her day in court, but was still quite nervous. Thankfully, everything went seamlessly.
“It was intellectually, emotionally, and physically challenging for me, but it was also one of the highlights of my career,” Bryson said.