Early in her career, Beth Hittel knew she had a passion for law, but had not yet discovered in what area of law she would excel.
As a law clerk with a real estate firm in Tampa, she represented corporate clients initiating and processing foreclosure proceedings. “I didn’t feel like I was helping people as much as I imagined I would in the legal field,” she says.
Hittel found her passion in early 2011, when she joined the Disparti Law Group , focusing on a practice devoted to helping people navigate the complicated world of social security and disability benefits.
“I get to help people in this line of work, and that is what is important to me,” she says.
Hittel loved science and math throughout grade school. She majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance at the University of Central Florida in Orlando where she graduated summa cum laude. Her favorite professor was an attorney who taught business law and ethics, and he encouraged her to go to law school herself.
“Law school turned out to be an unbelievable challenge for me,” she says. “I was used to having a calculator in hand, but suddenly I found myself immersed in reading and writing.”
Hittel is a hardworking overachiever who earned both her Bachelors degree and her Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal in Jacksonville in five and a half years. She graduated when she was just 23 years old.
One of her proudest accomplishments during law school was earning a Pro Bono Certificate for her volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity and the Pasco State Attorney’s Office.
She has also worked as a paralegal studies professor at Rasmussen College in New Port Richey for the past two years.
“I come from a family of educators, so teaching is in my blood,” she says. “I used to declare I would never become a teacher, but I ended up loving it.”
She has also discovered a passion for working with people whose lives have been altered due to a variety of unfortunate circumstances.
“I’ve always learned that you can judge how much you love your job by whether or not you feel like getting out of bed each morning. I look forward to getting up and going to work each day,” she says.
Hittel sees herself as more than an attorney.
“We are advocates and counselors. We are coaches, cheerleaders and friends,” she says. “We make the process easier. Even though I am an attorney, if I had to go through this process, I would want another attorney to be there with me We bring comfort and support.”
Hittel is close to her family, which includes four older brothers, and spends most of her spare time with them. She is married to her high school sweetheart and their family unit includes a dog, a cat and a turtle.
She has come to value the small rewards in life
“I am a very emotional person with a big heart. she says. “My biggest reward for a job well done is a hug and a thank you from a grateful client.”