An interview-based podcast spotlighting women in the legal field. We will learn how they got to where they are, what lessons they have learned along the way, and what they are doing now to achieve their next goal.
Episode No. 58: Heather Hansen, Trial Lawyer, Coach, Author, and Host
Today I’m talking with Heather Hansen, a trial lawyer, coach, author, and podcast host. As an award-winning, 20-year trial lawyer, Heather discusses how courtroom skills can translate to everyday life and how we can all be better about presenting to our “inner jury.” This approach to winning life’s trials without losing yourself is the basis for Heather’s book and podcast, the Elegant Warrior. As a young female attorney, I was comforted by Heather’s authentic approach to practicing law as she emphasized the importance of being who you really are. She is one of the most ambitious, and elegant, women I have ever met and it was a delight to speak with her. I hope you enjoy this episode.
Episode No. 56: Nikita Tuckett (Facebook), Maryann Zaki (Morgan Lewis), and Kimberly Diego (Criminal Defense)
Today I share brief, but meaningful, conversations with 3 women from across the country--all with very different jobs. First, I spoke with a friend and listener of the podcast, Maryann Zaki. Maryann is a litigation associate at Morgan Lewis in Houston and a mom of two young girls. She spoke about the importance of voicing your needs, wants, and concerns in your career. I next spoke with Kimberly Diego, a solo criminal defense lawyer in Denver, Colorado. Kim talked about how to relate and empathize with your clients, which has furthered her efforts to be a trusted advisor. Lastly, I spoke with Nikita Tuckett, Lead Counsel for Product at Facebook. Nikita and I exchanged messages to cover certain talking points, which I will walk you through. As you will hear, Nikita shares some of the best advice she has been given. I hope you enjoy this new approach and if you do, please let me know!
Episode No. 55, Celeste Bruce (Partner, Rifkin, Weiner, and Livingston) and Lisa Borsook (Partner, WeirFoulds)
Today I’m talking to Celeste Bruce, litigation partner at Rifkin, Weiner, and Livingston in Maryland and Lisa Borsook, a real estate partner at WeirFoulds in Toronto, Canada. Both women emphasized the importance of being an effective communicator, explained how clients and mentors have acted as sponsors and endorsed their skills, and discussed how they’ve been able to share mentoring advice they’ve received over the years with the young associates they are now helping develop.
Episode No. 54: ICYMI - Brittany DeGan, General Counsel of RewardStyle
Today I’m resharing an interview I did in the fall of 2018 with Brittany DeGan, who is the General Counsel of rewardStyle in Dallas, Texas. I wanted to share this interview again because many of you are new listeners and probably haven’t heard Brittany’s story yet. A few things come to mind when I think of my time with Brittany. The first is how nervous I was! This was only my second time interviewing someone and I was still just figuring things out. Frankly, I’m still figuring things out. But more than that, Brittany's story is a prime example of what it means to seek out new and exciting challenges. And I thought it would be especially fitting to share her journey as we have all been stuck in one shared circumstance the last five months -- the continuing challenge of the Coronavirus. In one way or another, it’s affected our personal and professional lives. So, I thought Brittany’s journey could act as a reminder of how we all are capable of shaking our careers up for the better. After spending 9 years with a tech company in the D.C. area, Brittany moved across the country to join rewardStyle and become a one-woman legal department. She has been with the company for almost three years now but when we spoke she had been there for less than a year. Because Brittany is one of my favorite lawyers I’ve ever had on, I know you’ll enjoy this discussion.
Episode No. 53: Lisa Baker Morgan, Chef and Author
Today I’m talking with Lisa Baker Morgan, attorney turned chef and author. After leaving her litigation practice to focus on her daughters, Lisa found a new, more fulfilling way to live life. In her book, “Paris, Part Time,” Lisa shares how at the age of 38, and newly divorced, she unexpectedly found herself staring down death in a Monaco hospital, nine time zones away from her two young daughters in Los Angeles. After facing mortality and surviving, her life took on a sense of urgency to experience and accomplish all of the things she had ever wanted for herself and her daughters. Top of her list: a life-long desire to live in Paris. The seemingly indulgent and even "crazy" aspiration was part of a journey that set her on the path of recovery of health and of spirit. During the interview, Lisa shared her adventurous evolution of self-creation and determination to overcome obstacles. Her story is one of strength, resilience, and courage. Relatable in sentiment, heart-felt, and humorous, her book bounds with the optimism of infinite possibility and gratitude for life itself. In Paris, Part Time and online, Lisa shares recipes and loads of photographs from her travels. I can’t wait for you to hear this story.
Episode No. 52, Katie Tipper-McWhorter, Associate, Greenberg Traurig
Today I’m talking with my friend and colleague, Katie Tipper-McWhorter, a litigation associate at Greenberg Traurig’s Houston office. Katie attended SMU for undergrad and the University of Houston for law school. She’s been with GT for a little over two years and as you’ll hear, the reason I wanted to sit down with her is that she has quickly developed a reputation as a talented, hard-working, and passionate advocate. Katie also has been incredibly supportive of me, particularly with the podcast. So we spoke about how to effectively support other women in your firm. We also talked about what her motivations are and how she continues to set and achieve her goals. I’m a huge fan of this lawyer and I’m thrilled to share her insight with you.
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Fantastic interviews and inspiring stories
I’ve been listening to Women in Law for a while now and I am so impressed by the consistently great content Allison puts out. The interviews are both interesting and inspiring and have really helped challenge me to dream big. Go now, subscribe!
Inspiring stories with a great host
I discovered this podcast a couple of months ago and am so glad I did. Allison is a great interviewer and does a great job of getting her guests-successful and interesting women attorneys -to open up and tell their stories in a very relatable way. Highly recommend!
Thank you, Allison Stewart.
Incredibly, in 2018, we have never before had a podcast highlighting women in the legal profession? Until now, of course. So if you have any interest in how people are drawn to, navigate in, struggle, and yet thrive, as lawyers, this podcast captures its essence from a variety of backgrounds and industries. So bravo to Ms. Stewart for not only helping her guests tell their stories, but, also, to her — for breaking new ground with this novel and noble effort.