What advice would you offer women just starting out?
Don’t be afraid to find a woman (or a man) who is doing well at what you want to do and ask her for her secret to success. Many women are willing to share their secrets but if you don’t ask, you won’t learn.
What will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you?
Keeping the momentum going. It used to be that the estates and trusts field was male-dominated and it seems to me that’s no longer the case. Many of the top estates and trusts attorneys are women and, in order to maintain that balance and representation, we must fulfill our professional responsibility to mentor the women who come behind us.
What do you look forward to when you go to work every day?
The next challenge – whatever it may be. Finding a solution to a complex estate tax issue, drafting a complicated estate plan, or helping a client navigate a difficult family situation. I love the feeling of accomplishment. I have a simple measure for success: happy clients.
What qualities do you think a successful estates and trusts attorney should have?
To make it to a certain level as an estates and trusts attorney, there’s no question that one must have excellent technical skills and be detail-oriented. To me, what sets one apart from others is genuine empathy and the ability to connect with clients. I strive to treat my clients the way that I would want to be treated and to provide them the service that I would expect if our roles were reversed.
"To me, what sets one apart from others is genuine empathy and the ability to connect with clients."
Fellow, American College of Trust & Estate Counsel; “Rising Star,” 2015-2018, Super Lawyers; Co-Chair, D.C. Bar Estates, Trusts & Probate Law Steering Committee; Board of Trustees Member,
Washington School for Girls