Marie Milie Jones
, who was managing attorney of Pittsburgh-based Meyer Darragh Buckler Bebenek & Eck
from 1999 to 2008, said that while in that role, she
never perceived any gender-related obstacles either within her
firm or outside of it.
But Jones did admit that she felt increased pressure to perform as a firm leader because there were so few other females in similar positions at the time.
"I was one of very few women during that tenure in that role within the community, so it was a challenge to the extent that you're different," she
, who at 35 became the youngest female ever to manage a Pittsburgh law firm, said the majority of the outside vendors she
dealt with had male representatives who were sometimes taken aback to find a young woman at the helm of a law firm.
"Oftentimes their reaction - and perhaps it was just a facial thing - was one of surprise," she
But, according to Jones
never felt like being a woman impeded her
ability to negotiate with them.
n some cases, it may actually have helped her
"I have a fairly social personality," she
In the end, Jones said one of the most important factors for success as a female attorney with an interest in a management role at a firm is the attitude of the firm itself.
"I think firm culture makes a difference," she