Partner Maude Lebois
(Paris-International Arbitration) was featured as a "Voice of Experience" on The Glass Hammer, an online community designed for women executives in financial services, law and business.
She finds that younger associates have a tendency to postpone developing their private lives in favor of their professional lives — but she believes it’s absolutely possible to live both lives simultaneously at full speed. “If you focus on quality rather than quantity, you do not have to compromise,” she says. “By nature attorneys are typically perfectionists, but we need to be as ambitious in our private lives as our professional lives from the start.”
Lebois cites being named counsel while coming back from maternity leave as one of her proudest moments. “It’s a misconception that leaders don’t want you to have a fulfilling private life; in fact, certainly in our group, it’s a key focus,” she says, noting that the two managing partners have aggressively promoted several women partners on the team, making it clear from the beginning that they supported a balanced life.