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Challenges (and Rewards!) for Female Founders

By Kei S. Tolliver|  Founder | Kei S. Tolliver Law, LLC

After nearly two decades in the start-up space, I finally pulled the trigger and started my own solo law practice 4 years ago. Having been closely involved in start-ups, I knew the fundamental process of starting a business. However, what I didn’t know and had never experienced firsthand were the well documented challenges female founders face. Moreover, as I started to assist my own start-up clients, I’ve come to realize how real these challenges are and how educating myself on these challenges can help me (and other female founders) tackle them. 

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Doing Business Without Borders

By Andrea Ewart |  CEO and Founder | DevelopTradeLaw, LLC

In today’s digital economy, it is possible to participate in international trade without ever leaving our desks. This reality is particularly true for attorneys and clients who frequently do business internationally, and  presents several opportunities and challenges. Attorneys need to be prepared to support clients as well as to address their own needs in this era of doing business without borders.

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WOL Region Recap: Washington, D.C.

The DC region of Women Owned Law has been active in 2019.  On April 26th, the President of WOL, Nicole Galli, the WOL DC Regional Steering Committee members, WOL members and GALCON2019 participants gathered together for a Meet & Greet at Smith Commons located in the Atlas Arts District.  It was  well attended, fun and successful event for members and non-members within the region. 

On the evening of May 16th,  the region held it's annual Spring Networking event hosted by Ballard Spahr LLP. Food and drinks were provided courtesy of Legalinc Corporate Services which also made a short educational presentation titled, Intro to Corporate Entity Protection: How to Reduce Risk & Increase Revenue

On June 5th, the region held its first lunch-time Table Talk, Free Resources to Start, Run & Grow Your Law Firm. This brown bag event featured Carolyn Elefant,  a veteran energy and eminent domain attorney, as well as a WOL Advisory Board member,  who has been running her own law firm, the Law Offices of Carolyn Elefant PLLC, since 1993. She has been blogging about solo and small firm practice at MyShingle.com since 2002.

On the evening of July 11th, a lively group met for ice cream and an interactive session on How to 10x Your Networking Introduction. The session was led by Lisa R. Ealy, known as the “Six-Figure Mentor” who guided attendees through tools to help them craft their own introduction to help them attract their ideal clients.

After a break in August, WOL-DC events will resume in September. All events are, so far, free, and open to WOL-DC members and non-members. Join us! Contact Andrea Ewart at [email protected] or Kristal Morris at [email protected] to learn more about WOL-DC and share your ideas for programming and other activities.

Data Savviness in the Law: The Intersection of Attorney Competency and Technology

By Cheryl A. Brunetti |  Executive Chairwoman | RVM Enterprises, Inc.

Competency is a longstanding ethical obligation for attorneys, but what it means to be “competent” continues to evolve.  Its evolution is due to the growing prevalence of technology that impacts the legal industry – from discovery to day-to-day case management.  The result is that lawyers now know where to look to find the answers, either by improving their own understanding of the technology or by enlisting the proper resources.

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Web Exclusive: Women lawyers find freedom owning law firms

Indianapolis Attorney and WOL Member Paula Finch and Philadelphia Attorney and WOL Founder and President Nicole Galli comment on women lawyers finding freedom owning law firms.  Check out the article ... https://www.theindianalawyer.com/articles/48796-web-exclusive-women-lawyers-find-freedom-owning-law-firms

Fran Griesing, Advisory Board Chair for WOL, was featured in Huffington Post’s list of “99 Limit Breaking Female Founders”

Fran Griesing, Advisory Board Chair for WOL, was featured in Huffington Post’s list of “99 Limit Breaking Female Founders” where she shared the most important lessons learned from her experience as the founder and Managing Member of Griesing Law, a full service woman-owned firm in Philadelphia.  Read more

Making the Case: Founder of Largest National Woman-Owned U.S. Law Firm Fights Fair

The highly anticipated fictional meet-up of powerhouse female lawyers Annalise Keating and Olivia Pope is setting Shondaland on fire with the attorney stars of ’”How To Get Away With Murder” and “Scandal” cross-examining their plotlines.

But in real life, there are few women equity partners in big law firms able to make as big a splash.

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WOL Founding Partner Member, Fran Griesing on How to be an Effective Leader in a Boutique Firm.

  

Francine Griesing, Manager Member at Griesing Law, LLC recently published, “Don’t Take it Personally: Creating Boundaries in a Boutique Firm” in Law Practice Today on being an effective leader in a boutique law firm.  

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Women Owned Law Board Member and Membership Committee Chair, Manuela Morais is featured in South Jersey Magazine

“The organization not only supports women who may be thinking about going out on their own, but also promotes and unifies women who already
have established law firms.” says Manuela Morais, Women Owned Law Board Member and Membership chair in South Jersey Magazines October 2017 Business Spotlight.  In just three years, the Law Offices of Manuela Morais has grown to a 10 person immigration law practice.   Read more.

Why Women Leave Big Law To Start Their Own Firms

Peggy McCausland was tired of her firm’s networking events.

The potential clientele she wanted to woo — business women — weren’t showing up, she said. So McCausland conceived her own networking event that would draw them — golf lessons, catered meals and shop talk — and asked for the necessary marketing funds. She was a partner at the firm, Blank Rome, after all. Read More

Members of Women Owned Law: Why They Left Big Law to Start Their Own Firms

In this Bloomberg Article, Founding Sponsors and Women Owned Law Members Nancy Mertzel, Nicole GalliSusanne T. Jones, Virginia McMichael, Peggy McCausland, Stephanie Scharf,  and Laura Solomon provide their accounts of why they left Big Law and started their own firms.   Read more at https://bol.bna.com/10-accounts-of-women-who-left-big-law-to-run-their-own-firms/.

WOL President, Nicole Galli, gives advice on the Happy Lawyer on Fostering Relationships and Building Community When Growing Your Practice.

Women Owned Law President, Nicole Galli, has recorded a podcast for the Happy Lawyer Project about the following:

  • Her transition from Big Law to solo practice
  • How she went "entrepreneurial light"
  • Her thoughts on the “right” time to go out on your own
  • The importance of mentor/mentee relationships
  • Her thoughts on gender roles within the legal world
  • The challenges she faced when starting her own firm
  • The different challenges women and men might face when starting their own firms
  • The importance of checking in with yourself and making choices in order to live a happy life
  • How to get involved with Women Owned Law and what's coming down the pipeline for the organization

The Happy Lawyer Project is an inspirational podcast for young lawyers looking to find happiness in life with a law degree. Each episode provides the tips, advice, encouragement and inspiration you need to craft a life and career you love. Welcome to the Happy Lawyer Project!

Listen to the podcast now.

Law Firms’ Problem with Women

Jordan Furlong provides articles about the seemingly endless issue of the apparently insurmountable barrier to the full participation of women in law firms.

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Women Owned Law Member Emily Griesing attends En Blanc


Griesing Law team members Elizabeth Livingston and Emily Griesing (Women Owned Law Member) were profiled on the evening news enjoying Diner En Blanc which Elizabeth has helped organize for the past 4 years.

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Hanging Out The Alternative Women-Owned Shingle

In June 2017, Women Owned Law member Jordan Fischer and her partner, Rebecca Rakoski opened a woman-owned boutique firm that encapsulates so much about courageous lawyers executing their own vision of practice. 

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Women Owned Law Founder Nicole Galli Talks About Inspiring Other Women in Law

"I think a lot of us are starting to create an old-girls' network and refer business," said Nicole Galli, founder of national network Women Owned Law, which she started in Philadelphia less than a year ago. "I think we are inspiring other women to go out on their own and take ownership."

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Women Owned Law’s Ezold Weighs In On Proskauer Discrimination Suit

If her allegations are true, it would indicate that in some respects it doesn’t matter what you do as a woman, and that is a very depressing thought.

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Meet the Woman Helping Other Women Start Law Firms

How many women owned law firms are there in the U.S.? Nobody appears to know, according to Nicole Galli, a Big Law refuge who launched her own firm in 2015.

This week, Galli and others formally launched Women Owned Law, an organization dedicated to helping other women legal entrepreneurs network, increase their visibility, and grow their influence.

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Women Owned Law Announces Launch of National Organization and Brand

Association connects and advances women entrepreneurs in the law across the U.S.

PHILADELPHIA May 1, 2017– Women Owned Law, a national organization devoted exclusively to women legal entrepreneurs, has formally launched and has inaugurated its new brand.

“I am proud and pleased that in just a few short months, Women Owned Law has grown from a germ of an idea into a vibrant and growing organization that will support women who are leading the way as entrepreneurs in the legal community,” said Nicole Galli, founder and President of Women Owned Law and owner of the Law Offices of N.D. Galli LLC in Philadelphia. “We now have a hard-working Board of Directors and team of volunteers, an impressive Advisory Board, and a tremendous amount of energy and excitement among our sponsors and members.”

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When Leaving Big Law, the Financial Struggle Is Real

Alma Asay was counting her nickels in 2014. She pulled the spare change out of her pockets and put it on the table.

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