ALM Media’s Law.com featured Pillsbury Insolvency & Restructuring partner Dania Slim in their latest installment of “How I Made Partner.”
As a part of its Q&A, the publication asked Slim what helped the firm decide to make her partner. Among other things, she said “I do not think there was a single deciding point. Instead, it was years of dedication to the firm and the firm’s clients.”
“The recent recognition that I received from the American Bankruptcy Institute (“40 under 40”) and Law360 (“Rising Star”) were also very timely as they both occurred during the year leading up to my promotion,” she added.
In response to her promotion as partner, Slim said: “I feel a great sense of accomplishment as a Hispanic woman and mother of three. I also feel incredibly excited about starting this next chapter of my legal career.”
When asked who had the “greatest influence” in her career, she said:
“I have been fortunate, because there have been so many influential people supporting me in my career. Patrick Potter, a partner at Pillsbury, has had the greatest influence, because he has been a mentor since I was a first-year associate. Pillsbury partners Leo Crowley, Andrew Troop and David Minnick also have been instrumental to my career.”
To conclude her feature, Slim gave advice to associates, stating:
“Law firms are full of talented, hard-working individuals; try to distinguish yourself and be a ‘go-to’ associate. First impressions are critical (fair or not), so when performing or producing a work product for the first time (either for a partner or a client) take extra care to produce your best work in a timely fashion. Marketing both internally and externally is also key; market internally by connecting with other associates and partners (including outside of your practice group); remember that firms are revolving doors and that your colleagues today may be future clients or referral sources. Market externally by staying connected with law school contacts and clients; look for opportunities to be recognized as a leading lawyer in your field.”
Read Slim’s full feature here.