Q: What strengths do women bring to the legal industry?
A: Jessica Summers: Having more women and attorneys who bring varying backgrounds and perspectives makes us better poised to identify creative solutions and challenge assumptions. I believe our clients benefit from a diverse team of practitioners.
Q: What advice would you give to women just starting out?
A: Deborah Cohn: Know that your work is important and meaningful. See difficult problems as challenges and take joy from your creativity in devising solutions. And remember, there’s always room for another talented lawyer with integrity and commitment to clients.
Michelle Chapin: Youth doesn’t have to be seen as a mark of inexperience. Look at it as a way of you being there for your clients and their families, long-term.
Q: What do you consider your biggest achievement?
A: Paula Calimafde: Knowing I’ve helped so many clients with their estate and tax planning and building retirement security, as well as improving the federal tax law for privately owned businesses, are achievements of which I’m proud. As the first woman attorney hired by Paley Rothman in 1976, I’m also proud to have helped pave the way for so many additional outstanding women to join the firm. Many of my fellow women colleagues are now legal, business and community leaders.
Q: What qualities do you think a successful attorney should have?
A: Trish Weaver: The best attorneys are not only hardworking and well versed in the law but have the foresight to see how a given strategy will unfold. Empathy, integrity and the genuine desire to help people also separate the top lawyers.
Paley Rothman is a full-service law firm that provides a wide range of high-caliber legal counsel to businesses and individuals. Next year the firm, the first in Montgomery County to hire a female tax attorney, will celebrate 50 years in business, offering personalized and attentive service and sophisticated solutions to its loyal base of clients.