"Work hard, but find time for fun, too. I believe that hard work produces success, but people also should find time to do what makes them happy."

Job title: Managing partner of Mayer Brown’s Chicago office and co-leader of the firm’s nationwide consumer and class action practice.

Practice area: Litigation.

Law school and year of graduation: University of Illinois College of Law, 2000.

How long have you been at the firm? Twenty-two years.

How long were you a partner at the firm? Fourteen years.

Were you a partner at another firm before joining your present firm? I joined Mayer Brown over two decades ago and never looked back because of our culture, talent and clients.

When were you elected to your current role? 2022.

What do you think was the deciding point for the firm in electing you to your current role? I have been dedicated to firm welfare activities in the Chicago office while maintaining a busy litigation practice for over 20 years, e.g., co-leading the recruiting committee, co-leading the consumer and class action practice, etc. These leadership positions enabled me to appreciate a broad range of perspectives over time, and transitioning to managing partner of the Chicago office was a natural progression.

What are your key responsibilities and what unique challenges do you face as it relates to your role? Our firm has played an important role in the development of Chicago as the business capital of the Midwest. As we continue to expand our global platform based on client demand, Chicago remains a vital market. Consistent with our strategic priorities, my goal is to continue to grow the office to meet client demands.

What’s the best piece of advice you can give to someone who wants to rise up the ranks to lead an office? Do your best every day to be as engaged as possible in your office while learning to appreciate your colleagues, both from a professional and a personal perspective.

Who had the greatest influence in your career that helped propel you to your current role? Lucia Nale, a partner in Mayer Brown’s Chicago office. I have worked with Lucia for over 20 years on class action litigation. She started as a mentor, turned into a friend, and now is like a sister to me. She taught me many things in the legal world, but she also helped me to be a great mom t my two children by showing me—and helping me to achieve—work-life balance. For that, I am eternally grateful.

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to yourself? Take more vacations—our lives are so busy; it’s easy to let time slip by without stopping to enjoy it.

How would you describe your work mindset? Work hard, but find time for fun, too. I believe that hard work produces success, but people also should find time to do what makes them happy.

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