Why Many Women Prefer Hiring a Female Attorney

When people seek legal representation, they want someone who understands their experience. Clients often feel more comfortable with an attorney they can relate to, which is one of the many reasons women seek female attorneys to represent them.

Rebekah Lusk is a fierce advocate for female clients and a successful entrepreneur in her legal practice. She realized early in her career that to gain respect from others in the legal field, she would need to have her name on the door. Naturally independent, outspoken and authentic, Rebekah found that playing to those strengths were essential to establishing herself in her field.

We asked Rebekah Lusk about the work she’s done for her clients, to learn more about her experience as an attorney and businesswoman.

QuestionYou have heard from several female clients that they were specifically seeking a female attorney. Why do you think that is?

Rebekah Lusk:  I think women like working with other women. Women know how to talk to each other, understand the challenges other women face, and are more empathetic toward each other. Women are able to connect with each other about certain challenges, such as balancing families and careers, in a way that is not always the same with men.

Additionally, I think women like having other women as role models and learning from each other. When you hire an attorney, it means you are seeking the advice and support of another person, and it is nice to have a person that may understand more closely your specific challenges and concerns.

QuestionWhen a man is assertive or outspoken, he is often praised for having these attributes. Meanwhile, women who possess these same qualities are too often portrayed in a more negative light. As a professional whose job description often requires assertiveness, have you encountered this double standard?

Rebekah Lusk: I have always been a leader from a very young age and have been very outspoken. When I was younger, I was definitely ridiculed for being so outspoken in school, but as I have gotten older, I either do not find that it exists, don’t notice it or just don’t care. While I am outspoken and can be quite assertive, I try not to present myself in a manner that is rude or demeaning to others; instead, I am assertive and forceful, while also being respectful and courteous to others. It is quite normal that I may be the only female in a room, whether in court, a meeting, mediation or a deposition, and I never let that intimidate me. I have learned over the years to have my own voice that is authentic, and I do not try to be something I am not.

QuestionWhat advice would you give to female entrepreneurs who are considering starting their own business?

Rebekah Lusk:  Do not try to be a jack-of-all-trades. There are things you are good at and things that you are not good at. Know what those are and find people to hire as employees or vendors who can do the things you are not good at. Find other mentors, either women or men, who are doing what you want to do and ask them lots of questions and figure out what works and what doesn’t work for them. If you also have a family or plan to have a family, be prepared that you are going to work a lot and that you need to have a plan to balance work and family. Make sure you have a supportive partner who can assist you when things get difficult at work and who supports and understands your goals and is helping you to also reach those goals.

QuestionAs someone who runs her own business, what has your experience told you about the challenges women face in the business world?

Rebekah Lusk: I have been asked more than once by opposing counsel “Have you discussed this with the senior partners in your firm?” — insinuating that I should be speaking to the “men” who are in charge. This occurred prior to my name being on the door. I learned quickly, that if I was going to be taken seriously by other attorneys as a partner and owner of the firm, my name had to be on the door and it had to be very clear that I was an owner. I think there is an assumption that women are not the owners of the company, especially in business and law, and that we must seek the advice of those “older” and “wiser” than us. At first this upset me, but I have learned to not worry about it and I just make sure that I am fully prepared for every situation, to ensure I feel more confident and present myself in the most professional manner.

QuestionWho inspired you to pursue your career and have your own practice?

Rebekah Lusk:  I grew up in a family where my father owned our family business. Once I was in law school, I think I always knew I wanted to work for myself. I do not do well with people telling me what to do and having bosses, and I like the independence that exists from owning your own company and being your own boss. I also always liked the idea of growing and building a business, and, as I am a very ambitious person, I knew that I would only be happy if that business was my own.

If you’d like to talk to Rebekah Lusk about your legal issues, we encourage you to contact Lusk Law today. We have represented clients in Frederick County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Carroll County, Washington County, Anne Arundel County, and other counties in Maryland. If you need legal assistance, please call us to schedule an appointment.

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