Litigation Counsel of America Interviews
Litigation Commentary & Review
December 1, 2012
In response to a question about diversity, Nexsen Pruet's Marguerite Willis told Litigation Commentary & Review that "as beneficiary of diversity I believe it is my obligation to continue to push for diversity in the practice of law."
The interview was part of a series of interviews with fellows of the Litigation Counsel of America.
(Q) Women have made great strides in the profession of law since Sandra Day O'Conner entered practice in the 1950s. But there remain issues for women relative to partnership, control, and management that seem to have slowed over the last decade. How do you view the role of women in law today, and how might greater progress occur, particularly in large firm settings?
(A) All things being equal, money is power. For women in large firms to become more successful, they must put "big bucks" on the table. In most firms, this means young women need to associate themselves with lawyers who have big books of business. As those women progress, they must develop their own substantial business, but this may be difficult to achieve without the support of other women.
Read more from 4 Litigation Commentary & Rev. 291 (November/December 2012).
Marguerite S. Willis is co-chair of Nexsen Pruet's antitrust and unfair competition practice. She appears in both federal and state courts and 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.