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Sharing Our Success Tips

"No one becomes successful alone. Thank your team repeatedly and publicly."
Beatty O’Donnell, Duane Morris, Philadelphia, PA (and our WAC Co-Chair!)


"Always be courteous."
Amy Shayne Levenberg, Gunster, West Palm Beach, FL

"Utilize the Notes field with your Outlook contacts—jot down personal background information that you want to remember about the person later, when the information may not be as fresh."
Corinne Jones, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, Greensboro, NC

"Work really hard and don't forget to have fun while doing it!"
Tiffany Gehrke, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun, Chicago, IL

"Be a rare breed—a litigator who listens. Great questions impress clients and partners."
Lisa Frye Garrison, Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP, Greensboro, NC


"Remember that it is 'your room' and you are the best able to solve the problem, or find someone to solve it."
Jennifer DeMay, TCS Education System, Chicago, IL


"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
Tiffany J. deGruy, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, Birmingham, AL (quoting Aristotle)


"Fake it 'till you make it."
Laura A. Balson, Golan & Christie, Chicago, IL


"Meet all obligations timely."
Carmelite Bertaut, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans, LA


"Find people who will champion you."
JoAnn Dalrymple, Jackson Walker L.L.P., Austin, TX


If you know other women litigators who would like to receive (or offer) “Sharing Our Success” tips, please email Lisa Frye Garrison with contact information. Check the Woman Advocate Committee webpage for more information.