Spotlighting Naomi Dewey
In 1998, Naomi Dewey and her young family left the United Kingdom for a six-month stay in Santa Barbara where her husband was working. They ended up staying, and for the last 20 years Naomi not only raised her family, she also earned a law degree, has had a very successful career, made a big impact on the community through her volunteer efforts and recently launched her own business.
After more than six years with Buynak, Fauver, Archbald & Spray LLP, Naomi, who was honored as one of the Pacific Coast Business Times Top 50 Women in Business in 2018, founded Trusted.Legal this past January. “I started Trusted.Legal because the time was right to offer clients a higher level of service,” said Naomi. “New technology and changes in the legal profession have brought huge efficiencies to the practice of law, and I wanted my clients to be able to benefit. Plus, I get to hire and work with great attorneys and paralegals!
“Trusted.Legal takes a holistic approach to working with clients. For business owners, that means making sure that each transaction is guided in a way that fits with the client’s overall mission and goals. We build deep relationships because understanding a client’s big picture is key to everything we do.”
Naomi has picked up the nickname “the deal maker” and she’ll no doubt put that talent to good use at Trusted.Legal. “Often, attorneys take refuge in “no,” telling clients that a deal might carry too much risk or getting tied down in small details while losing sight of the big picture. But clients don’t bring deals to an attorney unless they want to make the deal work. If the deal is a good one, we will move it forward in the best possible way.”
Over the years, Naomi has generously donated her time to many organizations and non-profits that benefit women and that’s what led her to WEV. “I have always championed organizations that advance women in society, and WEV does a fantastic job doing that locally. When I found out about WEV, I couldn’t not be involved. I have done just about everything – served on the board, chaired the Community Advisory Council, volunteered in classes. Each minute spent working on WEV is a minute spent investing in our economy and in the women that drive it.”
Naomi has taken a very active role in the League of Extraordinary Women and currently serves as the Santa Barbara co-chair. “The League is such a great group of women, and it really was a no-brainer for me to join. I was already supporting WEV through corporate giving and small donations, so it made sense to take it to the next level.”
When we asked Naomi to share a favorite experience with a WEV client she had a difficult time narrowing it down to one. “There are so many. I love my RoHo shoes, get my nails done at Aqua, shop at C’est Cheese… but I think my favorite WEV clients are the ones we don’t hear about every day. There is a WEV map I saw with all the at-home businesses, and it is very powerful to think of the hidden business owners working away, driving the economy and helping women advance.”
After years of mentoring women business owners, it’s only fitting that Naomi is venturing out on her own with Trusted.Legal. Now she’ll be putting all the expertise she has so kindly shared to benefit of her own clients.