Today's General Counsel, Summer 2020

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A Women-- Owned Law Firm’s Perspective By Francine Friedman Griesing and Jessica L. Mazzeo

hile women-owned businesses comprise almost 40 percent of privately owned businesses in the United States, and more women attend law school than men, the legal industry still has a gender imbalance when it comes to who has a seat at the table. As two working mothers who came from Big Law, the two of us shared experiences that held us back from achieving our fullest potential. So, when we started our firm, we had a common goal: to rewrite the narrative for women in the law. Although history showed that it was not possible for women to achieve their fullest potential professionally and personally while working in the legal industry, we set out to change that. We wanted to create a firm that provided high quality legal service where attorneys had the ability to succeed professionally while sustaining a fulfilling personal life and contributing to the community.