I bring together technology, business and people.
I started my career at a traditional law firm. If you’d asked me then, I would have told you emphatically that I loved it and would stay with Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan until I retired. But life changes, and we sometimes have to make difficult choices. For me, this meant leaving the firm in 2006, just one year after becoming a partner.
Why would I do this? Like many women, my hard work led to a certain level of professional success … right when I wanted to expand my family. I wanted a second child—and I wanted more time with my kids than being a partner at a firm would allow. Not to mention that my husband was eyeing a position with the U.S. State Department. So on December 23, 2006, with a three-year-old and a six-month-old in tow, I boarded a plane from Knoxville, Tennessee, and moved to Warsaw, Poland, intending to take time off from practicing law.
But knowing something is right doesn’t make it easy. It may not surprise you that just months after leaving my job, I was already looking to get back to work. I missed my career.
Shortly after we arrived in Warsaw, I started teaching yoga at the U.S. Embassy. I also began planning my return to the legal workforce. My husband’s assignment number two took us to Chennai, India. Six months later I took a part-time position with an international legal process outsourcing (LPO) company that provides legal support services to large U.S.-based companies and law firms. Thus began my second legal career path, which would eventually lead me to become COO and director of legal solutions.
Currently, I am embarking on my third legal career as an independent consultant. With a focus on attorney managed services, privacy, eDiscovery, and security.
As an attorney, I’ve been fortunate to have opportunities to work in a start-up industry and live and work overseas in three different countries. This has given me a deep understanding of how to bring together unique technology, business components, and people. As a leader, I use this understanding to create start-to-finish solutions for my clients.