WARSAW — The duties of a local attorney vary on their priorities. For 36-year-old Attorney Adam Turner, at Turner Valentine, LLP, his work is for the community as well as his family.
Having wanted to help solve others’ problems, Turner become involved with various organizations in the community that interested him and valued his expertise.
“I’ve always liked the variety of trying to help solve people’s problems — whatever they might be,” said Turner, who has been practicing law for 10 years. “You don’t see the same thing every day, so there’s a nice cadence of not having a normal day.”
Enjoying the lack of redundancy, he has also set out to create variety in his personal life. Turner volunteer coaches the Grace College Shooting Sports Club, which shoots competitively against other colleges across the nation.
In the spare time the 36-year-old does have, Turner is physically active and enjoys various water sports, shooting sports, snow skiing and playing volleyball with his wife Jessica. He possesses a love and appreciation for theatre and the arts, which is why he is vice president on the board of Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts.
Turner is also the board chair for United Way of Kosciusko County, head of the financial committee for his church and an advisor for Heartline Pregnancy Center. Boards of local organizations appreciate the knowledge and input Turner has to give as attorney.
Because of the work he has done in criminal and public defense, Turner has been able to see the first-hand need for a drug rehabilitation program for local women. That experience led him to become one of the founding board members and vice president of All Things New.
“It’s important to be involved with and support your community,” Turner commented. “Sometimes the impact that activities like volunteering make may not be evident right away, but when you step back and look at the situation from afar, you see that it makes ripples and affects everyone. We need more and more people to step up and get involved in different ways in the community.”
He added, “Some of the success All Things New has had in their drug treatment program has been neat to see. It’s rewarding to think of where the organization had started and how it has come to where it is now, and to know that I’ve played a part in that.”
While being involved has helped him network and connect with people as an attorney, Turner’s drive and motivation overalls lies with his family in his hometown, Winona Lake. There he lives with his wife and two young daughters, who he states are “awesome.”
After a moment of thinking as to what helped him become the person he is today, Turner answered he had grown up with a strong supportive family helping him maintain firm morals and faith. “I always thought I had the right education and experiences in life to make me a well-rounded person. My family has a lot to do with where I am in life. They’ve been a great foundation.”