There are very few four-year olds who know exactly what they want to do with their life.
But, even then, Angela Winfield knew she wanted to be a lawyer.
She identified with the assertive, yet equally nurturing Claire Huxtable from "The Cosby Show" and made a law career her life's goal.
As focused and driven as she is sharp, Winfield followed her dream and went on to attend Cornell Law School. She is now a successful litigation associate in Hiscock & Barclay's Syracuse office.
But this is just one part to Winfield's story.
Throughout her life, Winfield has coped with many extraordinary challenges.
She lost vision in her left eye at age 10 and was completely blind by her sophomore year at Barnard College.
Remarkably, Winfield has not let these hardships stand in the way of her dreams.
She commutes an hour daily by bus to her office each way, with the help of a cane and her seeing-eye dog, Ogden.
Early in her law career and despite a heavy caseload, Winfield has donated many hours of pro bono services.
She represents tenants facing eviction in Housing Court for the Onondaga County Bar's Eviction Defense Clinic.
She second-chaired a pro bono wrongful eviction trial in State Supreme Court which the jury awarded her client a significant recovery. She also successfully argued an appeal before the Fourth Department for a Cayuga County not-for-profit organization.
Winfield's disability gave her unique insight and empathy for a blind client. Her client was thrilled not only to have quality representation, but also an attorney who understood exactly what she was going through.
Partners at her firm note her good rapport with clients and her ability to litigate tough cases.
Winfield received the State Bar's 2011 President's Pro Bono Service Award honoring a Young Lawyer.