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November-December 2013

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LEFT TO RIGHT: Kelli and Doug at Kelli's graduation from Oklahoma City University School of Law (2006); Happy Holidays from the Stumps (2007); Kelli's wedding, featuring numerous AILA members (2008); Kelli and Doug attending the New York Chapter Conference (2006); Kelli and Doug on Kelli's wedding day (2008). and then take prolonged vacations. Because of the financial situation, we always tied our vacations to AILA conferences." law school. After splitting summers between firms and her father's office, the other practice areas lost their appeal and she decided to stay put. For Matthew, who always knew he wanted to follow in his father's footsteps, these conferences-turned-family vacations proved to be fertile training ground. "Even as kids not attending the classes, you learn so much through osmosis just [by] sitting at dinner and talking to people," he explained. "I always joke that at 15 years old, I was the person that could rattle off the nonimmigrant visa categories at my age." Naturally, the dynamics of the Stumps' work-and-family relationships are more fluid than those in a traditional office. "I demand and expect more from Kelli and Matt than someone merely an employee," Doug explained. "They can express their emotions in a manner that they can't if they worked elsewhere." Matt added, "When your mentor is your father, no question is off limits." But the Stumps strive to maintain a balance between their roles as relatives and colleagues by leaving work at the office. "[L]ike all families, things get heated in the office, but we're good about leaving it at the office and then all going to get a drink after work," Kelli said. But Kelli, who has worked for the family business on and off since the fourth grade, still explored a career in products liability and insurance defense while attending N OVEMBER/ D ECEMBER 2013 51

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