Several years ago, in an effort to balance the rigor of my litigation practice with something light, I took a cake decorating class. I have always had a sweet tooth and particularly liked cakes. Not only are they delicious, but I enjoy looking at the various design, architecture and structure in baking magazines and in bakeries. Ironically, the woman who taught this class also worked in a law firm and sought the same stress relief from the hobby that I was looking to find. I was immediately hooked and purchased my own set of tools.

Eight years ago, when I was engaged to be married to my husband, Phil, we interviewed several bakers and I ultimately decided that I’d rather make my own cake. Our entire family thought I was insane, and I stayed up all night decorating the cake and even spent those precious few hours before the ceremony tending to last-minute cake design details.

But, it turned out beautifully, and in our circle of friends and family, I have since been asked to do other wedding cakes. And as that group grows, now baby showers and 1-year-old birthday parties.

Cake decorating allows me an opportunity to create something from concept to finish and in a short amount of time, unlike my litigation practice where cases may go on for years. Plus, unlike in a lawsuit, everyone gets a sweet ending.

Holly Hempel is a litigation partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough in Atlanta who practices civil litigation, representing corporations in wrongful death and other claims involving accommodation and travel-related liability and premises and products liability. She also advises corporations related to food safety, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, toxic tort litigation and business litigation.