You have been practicing law for less than 10 years. What have you learned in your time at Page, Scrantom, Sprouse Tucker & Ford?
I am fortunate to work with an exceptional group of lawyers at Page Scrantom. One of the most important things told to me early on by one of our senior partners is that you can't replace your character and your reputation. Once you lose those, it is almost impossible to get them back. For that reason, it is so important to treat others with the utmost respect, whether they are your client or your adversary.
What made you become a lawyer?
The driving force for me being a lawyer is that it gives me the opportunity to help people. Typically, people go see a lawyer when they have a problem of some sort, whether that be a lawsuit or they have questions about how to form a new business. I enjoy working with folks to help them come up with ways to resolve whatever those problems might be.
You are heavily involved at Open Door Community House. What have you learned about Columbus through your work with Open Door?
I've learned there are a lot more people in this community struggling with poverty than most people realize. However, I've also learned there are a lot of people in our community who are passionate about helping those in need. The mission of Open Door is to "empower impoverished people in our community to realize their full potential as children of God." At Open Door, we try to give those struggling with poverty the life skills and social currency they need to get out of poverty and make better lives for their families. By doing so, they break that multi-generational cycle of poverty that so many families have.
Having been raised in Columbus, how have you seen the city change in your lifetime?
Just the diversity of things to do in this city. When I was growing up, you'd hear people say, "There's nothing to do in Columbus." You don't hear that anymore. From my office building, we can watch the rafters and kayakers go down the whitewater course every day. The Columbus Museum and Oxbow Meadows are fun places to take your kids. We have the RiverCenter and the Springer putting on great productions. There are constantly more dining and entertainment options popping up across town.
What is the best-kept secret in the Chattahoochee Valley?
Well, it's not too much of a secret, but I love how downtown Columbus has changed for the better over the last decade or so. My family and I love to go downtown and eat outside at one of the many sidewalk tables the different restaurants have. We also enjoy the Friday evening outdoor concert series. The CutBait Music Festival was great and exceeded all expectations. And Market Days on Broadway is a fun way to spend a Saturday morning.
Name: Chandler Riley
Job: Attorney at Page, Scrantom, Sprouse, Tucker & Ford
Current home: Columbus
Family: Wife, Lane, and two daughters, 3-year-old Cora and 1-year-old Rosie
Education: Brookstone School 1997; bachelors of science from the University of Georgia, 2001; Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law 2005
Favorite book: The World According to Garp by John Irving
Favorite movie: True Grit by the Coen brothers
Favorite restaurant: Epic
Favorite quote: Life is not a dress rehearsal my dad, Charlie Frank Riley
Best concert attended: David Byrne at the Georgia Theatre in Athens, Ga.