When attorney and author Pamela Samuels Young isn’t practicing law, you can usually find her penning her next legal thriller. Described by one reviewer as “John Grisham with a sister’s twist!” Pamela is the Essence best-selling author of four legal thrillers.
As Managing Counsel for Labor and Employment Law for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc. (“TMS”), Pamela manages litigation and provides advice and counsel on labor and employment law matters. Headquartered in Torrance, California, TMS is the marketing, sales and distribution arm for Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles in the United States.
Fed up with never seeing women or people of color depicted as savvy, hot shot attorneys in the legal thrillers she read, Pamela decided to create her own characters. Despite the demands of a busy legal career, Pamela accomplished her ambitious goal by getting up at four in the morning to write before work, dedicating her weekends to writing and even spending her vacation time glued to her laptop for ten or more hours a day. She now has three award-winning novels and another one on the way to show for her efforts.
Pamela’s debut novel, Every Reasonable Doubt (2006), won the Black Expressions Book Club’s Fiction Writing Contest, received an honorable mention in the SEAK Legal Fiction Writing Competition and was a finalist for USA Book News’ Best Books of 2006 awards in the mystery, suspense and thriller category. In Firm Pursuit (2007) was honored by Romantic Times magazine as a finalist for Best African-American Novel of 2007. Murder on the Down Low (2008) was an “Editor’s Pick” by Black Expressions magazine and was also featured on the cover of Publisher’s Weekly magazine. Pamela’s first published short story, Setup, was selected for the Sisters in Crime anthology, LAndmarked for Murder (2006). Buying Time, Pamela’s first stand-alone novel, will be released in November 2009.
Prior to joining Toyota, Pamela served as Employment Law Counsel for Raytheon Company and spent several years with the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles. A former journalist, Pamela also worked as a news writer and associate producer at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles and as a news writer at WXYZ-TV in Detroit.
A former Coro Foundation Fellow, Pamela has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from USC and a master’s degree in broadcasting from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She received her law degree from UC Berkeley’s School of Law and is an adjunct professor at the University of Redlands’ School of Business. Pamela serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern California Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and is a featured fiction writing expert for BizyMoms.com.
A native of Compton, Pamela is a frequent speaker on the topics of employment law, fiction writing and pursuing your passion. She is married and lives in the Los Angeles area. To read an excerpt of Pamela’s books, visit her website at www.pamelasamuelsyoung.com.