Monday, February 2, 2015

"I saw a bunch of middle-aged white guys in charge."

Hey, don't say it like that's a bad thing!

Actually, that's the inimitable force of nature and rising star Katie Phang in a blockbuster Intrepid One front page DBR piece on how things are getting incrementally better for women lawyers (with some notable exceptions):
The path for women in law is often filled with pitfalls. Katie Phang left a Coral Gables law firm, Seipp, Flick & Hosley, to start her own firm after determining "I didn't see myself becoming a partner anytime soon."

Phang said she continually tried to bring her own clients into the law firm but was discouraged.
"They looked at me and patted me on the shoulder and said, 'Just continue servicing our client,' " said Phang, 39. "I didn't see myself becoming a partner anytime soon. I saw a bunch of middle-aged white guys in charge."

John Seipp, Seipp Flick's managing partner, denied Phang's assertions. He noted Phang worked for the firm twice, asking to return after a brief stint with another firm. He also said 35 percent of the partners and 44 percent of the attorneys at the firm are women or minorities.
"As a general policy, we do not rehire persons who have left our firm," he said. "She said this was the place she wanted to spend the rest of her career."

Seipp said Phang expressed an interest in starting a family law practice, which his firm wasn't interested in. He said the firm spent more than $10,000 supporting Phang's practice, including paying for her to attend a Defense Research Institute Women in the Law seminar in Phoenix.

After several years running her own firm, Phang recently joined Berger Singerman as a Miami partner. She interviewed with the firm when nine months pregnant with her first child.

"I said, 'Um, I obviously have a commitment imminently arriving,' " she said of her interview with senior partner Paul Singerman. "They said to take as much time as I needed after giving birth."
She said the firm was impressed with her practice, her service as treasurer on the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and on a Florida Bar grievance committee and teaching at the University of Miami School of Law. And being an Asian female didn't hurt. "They hit a double minority," Phang laughed.
Don't sell yourself short -- they hit a non-gender, non-racial specific home run, Katie.


Anonymous said...

"bunch of middle aged white guys" . . . wtf . . . katie's not too savvy to throw former firm under bus in print. we need spencer a. to give her some marketing tips.

Anonymous said...

Better self promoter than lawyer. She's been with 35 firms in 15 years of practice. Always looking for the bigger better deal.

Anonymous said...

to the comment at 1:29pm...

she's actually a phenomenal lawyer. and she hasn't been with 35 firms, but feel free to name all 35 if you want to prove me wrong.

you're jealous because she's done a remarkable job over the past few years and probably makes a whole lot more than you do. but i'm sure when you see her, you act as a friend.

congratulations on being pathetic. but no worries, i'm sure you're a Florida Super Lawyer which means...nothing.

Anonymous said...


Godwhacker said...

You never know the true meaning of "Super Lawyer" until you've seen SFL base jump. Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

Anonymous said...

2:21 aka Katie. Don't get your panties in a bunch. By Memorial Day you'll have again moved firms.

Anonymous said...

sexism proving her point