Women in Business Profiles

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Stein Sperling Partners, Senior Counsel and Of Counsel (seated From left): Darla J. McClure, Judith G. Cornwell, Sondra M. Douglas. (Standing from left): Caroline Ford Bonaviri, Kathryn E. Deckert, Karen N. Shapiro, Ivonne Corsino Lindley, Monica Garcia Harms, Beth McIntosh Irving. Not pictured: Julie B. Christopher, Jolie S. Deutschman, Alexia Kent McClure, Deanna L. Peters, Nindiya G. Ramchandani. Photo by Michael Ventura

Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC


1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 700
Rockville, MD 20852


Website: https://steinsperling.com

Q: What’s changed for women in business, if anything, over your career?

A: Over the course of our careers, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the number of female attorneys, including within our firm where nearly half of our attorneys and partners are now women. The eight Stein Sperling female principals have each worked their way up within the firm starting as associates. As such, we take the professional development of our associates and senior counsel seriously. Our achievements within the firm and the legal community have paved the way for other female attorneys. This is a shift we’ve seen at other firms and in other industries, as well.

Q: What changes or innovations are on the horizon in your industry? How are you preparing for them?

A: The past year and a half has brought unique challenges for the firm and many of our clients, giving way to adaptations and improvements that are likely to remain once the current crisis has passed. Starting long before March 2020, our firm embraced the digital world putting us in a position of leadership to help guide our clients as well as the legal industry forward. Now is the time that our clients need us most – as they deal with unanticipated problems, issues and crises. Because we are constantly innovating, we are uniquely positioned to answer our client’s needs now and into the future.

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