How Women are Taking the Lead in the Legal Industry

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Tanner Jones, your host and Vice President of Business Development at Consultwebs, welcomes you to another episode of the LAWsome Podcast by Consultwebs.

In today’s episode, Tanner is accompanied by Melody Eagan, managing partner at Lightfoot, Franklin & White. She’s the first woman to lead the firm in its history and she’s also on the executive committee. Melody brings decades of experience defending clients in catastrophic injury, wrongful death cases and more. 

Together, they sit down to discuss women taking the lead in the legal profession. Stay tuned to hear about the struggles, developments and most importantly, the successes women face in law. 


Key Takeaways:

[0:18] Introduction 

[1:23] How the legal profession has developed overtime.

[3:10] The 3 biggest challenges women face in law. 

[8:40] Balancing roles at home and at work. 

[11:13] Maternity leave: Being a mother and top-performer at work. 

[13:37] Culture and diversity within a law firm. 

[17:45] How women in law are helping other women advance in the workplace. 

[21: 02] Leadership styles in an office environment. 

[23:45] Results from a gender-inclusive business culture.

[26:51] Last advice and thoughts. 

[28:37] Best way to contact Melody Eagan. 


Best way to contact Melody Eagan:

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Tweetables and Quotes: 

“Thinking back to the early 1990s, the practice of law was a male-dominated field. We had some female associates but we had no female partners at the time and thinking back even to the way that we used to dress to try to fit in with the men, we’d wear masculine jackets and even sometimes those horrible ties that we used to wear back in the 1990s.” @consultwebs

“As the legal industry’s recognition of the value of diversity has increased and evolved over I’d say in the last 30 years a similar recognition as to the importance of diverse leadership and women leadership in the organization has developed.” @consultwebs

“Women [in law] get pulled into so many different directions, and we can get stretched thin. And right or wrong, there are certain notions that are grounded in history and also just in practice about what men tend to do in the home and in the family and what women tend to do in the home and in the family.” @consultwebs 

““And then the third thing that comes to my mind is really more of a barrier that I would say women tend to place on themselves and that is that women, in my opinion, often tend to be our harshest critics.”  @consultwebs

“Another thing about having a diverse team is that we better represent the interests of our clients through having that team together, because we’re a trial firm. It’s all litigation and so we are advocates for our clients before judges and juries and when you look at our clients, and our judges, and our juries, they’re diverse.” @consultwebs


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