Tunisia Staten, Esq.
Senior Associate Counsel
American Family Life Assurance Co. (Aflac)
Getting hired by a large law firm is a challenge for new lawyers, but Tunisia Staten completed her juris doctor at the top of her class at the University of Maine School of Law and that opened the door to a summer associate’s program. Staten’s successful completion of the summer associate’s program helped her to obtain her first position at Miller & Martin PLLC in Nashville, Tenn.
Staten had to overcome low self-esteem when she was left with a permanent limp after breaking her hip at age 12. “That experience taught me to focus less on superficial things I could not control and more on the important things I could control, such as my character, values, morals and work ethic,” she says. As an employment law associate in large law firms she was proactive about her professional development, constantly drawing up a “skill-set checklist.” She would request to work on specific cases where she could learn and develop new skills. “I am actually a first-generation lawyer. My mom retired from the U.S. Army as a Colonel and that really motivated me to do my job with a spirit of excellence and to become a leader in my profession,” says Staten.
She joined Aflac in 2013 and recently was promoted to senior associate counsel. Her goal now is to be a leader who can motivate and train others to excel. “Now that I’ve moved into a management position, I want to master effectively leading people,” she says.
Staten is a member of her local chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and of her church’s Christian Education Department, serves on the board of the Ladybug For Girls Foundation, and mentors young women desiring a career in the legal profession. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Georgia.