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Lynn Perry Parker, Esq.
111 Rockville Pike, Suite 400
What woman inspires you and why?
Sandra Day O’Conner, the first woman Supreme Court justice, who overcame blatant sex discrimination to prove herself and earn her success through perseverance. Although she’s not a ‘feminist,’ she’s one of women’s greatest liberators, thanks to her work ethic, real life challenges and empathy. Her legal opinions reflect her brilliant mind, values and experiences, not her own—or anyone else’s—politics. Justice O’Connor was not only a self-made professional success, but a dedicated wife, mother and friend to many. She lived a value driven, rich and purposeful life that inspires me and reminds me how blessed I am.
What advice would you offer for women just starting out?
Persevere! Nothing happens overnight or without hard work. When you hit a dead end, turn around and take another turn.
Why do you do what you do? What motivates and inspires you?
A client’s ‘Thank you so much, you’ve really helped me,’ never gets old! After 30 years of practice, I’m still excited to apply my wealth of legal knowledge and experience to expeditiously help clients resolve their issues.
What will be the biggest challenge for the generation of women behind you?
I see the greatest challenge as an opportunity, for women willing to take risks. Due in large part to technology and cost, more companies are outsourcing operational functions—such as marketing, accounting and legal—often to single member, limited liability micro-companies whose owners have to forego regular paychecks. The next generation of women can embrace and leverage these new economic realities by starting their own businesses, to not only offer outsourced services, but develop new products and services in response to current challenges and consumer desires—think global warming and carbon footprints.
“When you hit a dead end, turn around and take another turn”