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Ask the Women of White and Williams

We asked women lawyers to share significant moments in their careers and advice for young women lawyers.  

Tell Us About a Significant Moment in Your Career.

Debbie Rodman Sandler, Partner, Labor and Employment
A significant moment in my career was when I successfully argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court in a case where the ability of employers to impose non-compete agreements was at issue. On a more personal note, one moment that stands out is being voted into the Partnership while on maternity leave with my second daughter.
Patti Santelle, Managing Partner
A significant moment in my career was being elected the Chair of White and Williams. It was a challenging time for the firm and for me personally because the former Chair, who was my mentor and long-time partner and closest friend at the firm, had died suddenly – but it was significant to have the support of the Executive Committee, as well as the partners and so many other folks around the firm, the clients and the legal community.

Ciaran Way, Associate, Reinsurance

I second-chaired a 6-day jury trial in federal court and we won with a defense verdict. The partner with whom I was trying the case had total confidence in me. I was very involved with trial prep. At trial, I examined a couple fact witnesses and three of our expert witnesses, and cross-examined the plaintiffs’ corresponding expert witnesses. After the plaintiffs presented their case, the judge strongly encouraged the defendant to settle the case. But the plaintiffs’ demand was still in excess of $1M. As the jury was deliberating, we offered the plaintiffs a high-low deal which would have given plaintiffs a minimum of $425K. The plaintiffs declined. When the jury read the verdict, it was the most victorious I have ever felt. Neither I nor the partner thought the jury was going to return a defense verdict. I am so thankful for that experience. You can achieve great things when you have a mentor who really believes in you and shares growth opportunities with you.

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