McFadden Bushnell LLC
Q: Tell us about your business and how long in business:
A: McFadden Bushnell is a small law firm led by two sisters, Dawn McFadden and Chris Bushnell. With a focus on elder law, special needs planning and estate planning, we strive to assist families in protecting the assets they have spent a lifetime building and preserving them for the future, while assuring that loved ones get the care they need. We will be celebrating our first anniversary in June.
Q: What inspired you to start your own business?
A: My law partner (and sister) and I always hoped that we could start a firm one day. We both practiced in a different area of law, but wanted to practice in an area that we found more rewarding. After a great deal of contemplation and study, we decided on elder law and special needs law. There is a growing need in this area, and we feel that we are helping families during what is often a difficult time. Once we decided that this was the area to focus on, we learned all we could, joined organizations that could support our firm and took the leap last summer.
Q: Share an interesting or little known fact about you or your company:
A: This is not the first time Dawn and I have worked together. We have worked together many times over the years, starting with a bakery when we were teenagers and later at a number of jobs including a restaurant, yogurt shop, college residence hall, and an arts school.
Q: What is one piece of advice/words of business wisdom you would share with our members:
A: When entering into a new field, or meeting new challenges, it can be overwhelming, particularly when you are surrounded by people who are already knowledgeable and successful. As we were preparing to start our firm, my partner and I saw a sign that said “Even the best were once beginners.” We found this empowering. We are working hard, learning all we can, treating our clients with respect – we will succeed, we will be the best.
Q: How long have you been involved with NAWBO?
A: I just joined at the Taste of NAWBO in March! I am very excited to be a new member.
Q: What do you enjoy most or find most valuable about being a NAWBO member?
A: As a new member, I value the potential that a NAWBO membership has. The support of women owned businesses, the comradery of other entrepreneurial women, and the resources. I look forward to being involved in this empowering group.
Q: What is one little known fact about you that others might find fun or interesting?
A: After graduating from college I worked at the Interlochen Arts Academy for as a Residence Hall Director and the Interlochen Arts Camp in various rolls including the business office and helping to manage a small performance troop, “Three Musicians and an Actress.” It was a wonderful experience working with amazingly talented young artists.