Leslie Thorne in Texas Lawyer: Wonder Women: New Big Tex Partners on How They Choose Their Firms


There are momentous occasions in every lawyer's career, like passing the bar exam, starting a first job and making partner. But, along the way, smaller events also can have a big impact, nudging a lawyer in one direction or confirming that she's on the right path...

Leslie Thorne, a litigation partner in Haynes and Boone, LLP in Austin, recalls reading the information listed under the news section on firms' websites when she was researching large firms before on-campus summer associate interviews.

"I found with Haynes and Boone there were a lot of highlighted female attorneys," she says.

The information indicated that Haynes and Boone had female lawyers who were well-respected both inside and outside the firm, she says.

Thorne says she was interested in advancing up the ladder in a large firm, and although a firm's focus on women was not her main priority, it did matter.

Excerpted from Texas Lawyer, March 28, 2013. To view full article, click here (subscription required).

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