Five Questions with…Andrea Mason

Andrea Mason

Most comfortable in the courtroom, Andrea Mason tells us what she loves about litigation and how she landed there in this week’s edition of “Five Questions with…”

  1. What made you want to become a lawyer?  After undergrad, I was considering both law school and graduate school.  I knew I wanted to do something “more” and wanted to get more education.  Both sounded great to me—exciting, challenging, always changing, and always something to learn.  I ended up taking admissions tests for both, applying to both, and being admitted to both.  Ultimately, I decided to go to graduate school.  After completing my Master’s degree, I applied for both a Ph.D. program and law school.  After being accepted to both, I decided to switch courses and went to law school for my J.D.
  2. What do you do for fun? I enjoy spending time with my husband, my dogs and my friends.  I am a movie buff, especially classical movies, so I often watch movies.  I also like to read, browse the stores, or have girls’ nights.  Anything to keep me busy.
  3. Why have you chosen to focus on litigation?  I love being in the courtroom; that’s where I am happiest.  I enjoy the strategizing, the formulating of causes of action or defenses, the persuasion and argument, and particularly the interaction with people at times when they often need the most help.  Litigation is exciting and high-stakes!
  4. What do you think sets Lane & Waterman apart in terms of how we deliver value to clients?  Absolutely the firm structure.  L&W places a premium on the client obtaining the right services from the people best positioned to respond to the client’s unique needs.  Unlike other structures, there is no incentive for an attorney to work a case for which he or she is not best suited; instead, the case passes to the people most appropriate for the matter.  That translates directly to the client receiving the best quality representation from the people who know the area best.  That instills a level of confidence in the representation the client receives and prevents wasting the client’s time and money for an attorney to learn a new area of law.
  5. Where did you grow up and what did you want to be “when you grew up?” I was born and raised in northeast South Dakota.  And yes, it is a lot colder and there is a lot more snow there.  As far as I’m concerned, we don’t have real winters in the Quad Cities!  When I was very little, I wanted to be a veterinarian.  When I got a little older, I wanted to be a brain surgeon or an anesthesiologist.  Then, a prison psychologist.  Then, a researcher and professor or a lawyer.  Which brings us back to question number 1.

Andrea practices on our litigation team, helping clients with matters related to white collar criminal defense, government compliance, and civil litigation. Learn more at