Felicity Fowler in the Texas Lawyer: Minorities Making Progress Into Big Law Hierarchy

12/1/2014

Among the collection of skills a lawyer needs to obtain equity partnership at a firm are intelligence, a strong work ethic and the ability to build relationships. For the relationship building part, Haynes and Boone, LLP equity partner Felicity Fowler has been active in the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston for the past decade.

"It's important for networking, but also important to be with people who are like me, who understand me, and who have the same issues," said Fowler, a labor and employment partner in the firm's Houston and Dallas offices.

Like other lawyers who graduated from law school in 1992, Fowler relied on hard copies of NALP forms in her law school recruiting office to research firms. The information available about Haynes and Boone at that time showed the firm had a lot of women lawyers and some minority lawyers, she said.

"That was really important to me," Fowler said. "I wanted to come to a place where you didn't have to fit a cookie-cutter mold; where I knew I could be myself and not have to mold to a certain personality or fit; where I could bring my whole self to work."

Excerpted from the Texas Lawyer, December 1, 2014. To view full article, click here.

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