Nina Gussack is the chairperson of Pepper Hamilton, a 500 lawyer firm. Her practice focuses on defending pharmaceutical companies. In this Philly.com article, she said something that caught my eye:
That women chair important practice groups at Pepper at different stages in their careers is a helpful sign to younger lawyers that no one approach is the prescribed route to success, Gussack said.
“You [a young lawyer] look up, and you say, ‘I think I could be like them [leaders of the firm],’ but there is a variation of what ‘them’ looks like,” Gussack said. “We have women who span the spectrum. Partners with young children. Partners with grandchildren. What you really want to say to people coming out of the starting gate is, ‘Look around you, and see what excites and motivates you.’ “
I agree with that. It’s nice to see different types of men and women as partners and very inspiring to junior lawyers.