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Lawyer Gives up Legal Career to Open Wine Bar

Posted Jul 19, 2012 6:00 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Washington, D.C., lawyer is switching careers to follow her passion for wine.

Elizabeth Banker is a former in-house lawyer for Yahoo and part-owner of the law firm ZwillGen. She tells the Washington Post her wine bar will open in mid-August in the city’s Glover Park neighborhood.

Banker used much of her own savings to finance an initial $450,000 investment in the project. At this point, the total cost is about $600,000, the story says. The business will be called Slate Wine Bar, although it will also have a full restaurant menu.

Banker has loved wine ever since her college days when she drank Chablis wine packaged in gallon-sized jugs. Her tastes have evolved, however. “I love wine from every part of the world—from bubbly to white and red and port,” Banker told the Post. “And what makes me really excited about wine is sharing it with other people.”

Also see:

ABA Journal: "Legal Spirits: Attorney Distills His Legal Acumen to Steer Career Shift"

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