There are very few people that have careers they view as a calling, yet Choctaw and Cherokee tribal member Andrea Worden views hers as such.
During Worden’s time as an undergraduate at the University of Central Oklahoma, she took a required course for her Political Science degree. Her professor showed a film about child sex trafficking in Thailand, a viewing that Worden cites as the moment she knew her calling was as a lawyer.
“This video touched me in a really powerful way. Because of it I knew going to law school wasn’t an option, but a calling,” said Worden.
Wooden is passionate about what she does and looks to serve her clients during some of their most stressful times in hopes she can ease their pain and burdens. She believes in the services she provides and wants to offer them to as many people as she can.
“I love helping people and I find my work very fulfilling and interesting,” stated Worden.
Though she currently is a defense attorney in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, Worden got her start in the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office, working her way from a file clerk to a licensed legal intern during her time in law school at the University of Oklahoma. Upon graduating from law school she opened her law firm and has focused mainly on criminal cases since 2006.
Though Worden handles mostly criminal cases she does occasionally take civil, mental health, juvenile, and DHS cases. She also recently began accepting cases in the area of adoption. The hourly rates are set at $150, but a flat fee applies depending on the circumstances of each criminal case.
Currently Worden has two full time employees and one subcontractor, but she hopes to hire another attorney by Fall 2014 to help expand her firm’s adoption practice.
Though Worden has successfully funded her practice since starting out, she wanted more marketing funds in order to create a webpage for information relating to cases of driving under the influence, which make up the majority of her cases. Coming up with this extra capital proved challenging however.
“My business is a service business so my assets are minimal,” Worden said. “I would’ve been unable to get a commercial loan without the help of Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation.”
“CPCDC has given me an incredible and generous opportunity to achieve my business goals more quickly then I would’ve ever been able to do on my own. Reaching these goals would’ve taken years without the help of CPCDC. Indirectly, it has also allowed me the opportunity to work toward other long term goals unrelated to my loan use as I have been able to move to a larger office location because I have reasonable monthly payments that fit within my business budget. I am extraordinarily grateful,” stated Worden.
The office of Andrea L. Worden P.L.L.C. is open Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Norman, Okla. The office in Oklahoma City is open by appointment only. Worden can be reached after hours on her emergency line. Her DUI website is www.duidefender.com and her firm’s website is www.andreaworden.com. Worden’s preferred method of interaction with clients is over the phone, and she can be reached at 405-360-8036 for a free and confidential consultation.
The Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation is a lender to Native American-owned businesses across Oklahoma and to Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal members across the United States. If you are seeking a loan to help build your business like Andrea Worden or would like to inquire about a business loan please call 405-878-4697 or visit our website at www.cpcdc.org.