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“Grit, the Secret to Advancement: Stories of Successful Women Lawyers”

October 17, 2017

This week, the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession published “Grit, the Secret to Advancement: Stories of Successful Women Lawyers.” The book is a collection of 47 letters from a diverse group of female attorneys, for whom grit and growth mindset were important to their careers and their success. 

Nexsen Pruet member Marguerite Willis is featured as an author of one of the letters, sharing her story and experiences. Willis has shared her path previously through a 2014 DRI seminar, “Secrets of Successful Rainmakers  – A Seminar for Women Lawyers.” Additionally, she took part in a series of videos in 2016 for an oral history project of the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia. Watch videos of her advice to young women here.

An excerpt:

How many times have you asked yourself, what separates successful individuals from those who are not?  Research on the intangible concept now known as “grit” has shed light on this vexing question and has shown that grit and a growth mindset were two traits shared by highly successful women lawyers.  Initial research, conducted by Milana L. Hogan, Ed.D., served as the inspiration for the Grit Project, one of the Commission’s key initiatives since 2013.

Read more about the book here.

As an attorney, Marguerite Willis has been involved in some of the firm’s biggest verdicts.  She has served as national counsel for a number of cases, including federal and state class actions, and prosecuted major antitrust matters involving a wide range of claims, from unfair trade practices and false advertising to monopolization and vicarious corporate liability. Her broad depth of experience includes: matters governing competition, including pricing, distribution agreements, marketing programs, competitor collaboration, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and advertising issues.

Nexsen Pruet is one of the largest law firms in the Carolinas, with more than 190 attorneys and offices in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, Hilton Head, and Myrtle Beach, S.C. as well as Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh, N.C.  Founded in 1945, Nexsen Pruet provides a broad range of legal services to the business community and represents companies and other entities in local, state, national, and international venues.