Insights
Firm News

Profile in Women Leadership - Mary McCutcheon

March 7, 2023

Farella is proud to honor Women’s History Month. Our women lawyers and staff have imparted and continue to provide significant value in making Farella the firm it is today. To demonstrate this outsized impact, we have launched our inaugural Profile in Women Leadership honoring insurance partner Mary McCutcheon. In the following years, we will profile a different, significant woman at the firm as part of Women’s History Month.

What's one thing you know now that you wish you knew earlier in your career?

It’s okay not to know all the answers. We all succeeded in high school, college, and law school by being thoroughly prepared. We drew our confidence from knowing all the answers. In law, you have to be thoroughly prepared, but you will not know all of the answers—there may not even be answers. Draw your confidence not from knowing the answer to the problem, but from knowing that you have the experience and judgment to figure it out. 

What's the biggest challenge that you have faced related to being a woman in the law?

Time! There aren’t enough hours in the day for my family, my practice, my colleagues, my community, my friends, myself…

What do you consider to be your greatest professional accomplishment so far, and what's one skill that helped you achieve it?

Helping to build a practice group that is kick-ass, thriving, diverse, and collaborative, and will be a force to reckon with long after I am no longer practicing. The skill?  Besides being fortunate enough to hire great attorneys, I enjoy working with them on challenging matters, and introducing them to clients, referral sources, and opposing counsel.

During your career, how have things changed — or remained the same — for women partners in a law firm?

Being a “lady lawyer” is not as unusual as it was when I was a young attorney. Woman partners can be incredible sources of support not only with respect to internal firm politics but also business development.

What does it mean to be a woman leader in a corporate law firm in 2023?

Sometimes it means you are a voice for other women, making sure that their achievements are recognized and rewarded. But most of the time it means that you are running the business, just like any other partner.

What's one piece of advice you have for young women pursuing a law career today?

Show your enthusiasm for your work to the people you work with, other lawyers, friends, and contacts. People will want to work with you and give you work.

Firm Highlights

Publication

REFRESH: Loot and Private Foundation Rules – Part 1

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In this episode, I'm happy to refresh  EO Radio Show  episode 21, the first of our two episodes exploring private foundation rules using the...

Read More
Publication

REFRESH: Loot and Private Foundation Rules – Part 2

Welcome to  EO Radio Show - Your Nonprofit Legal Resource . In this episode, I refresh  EO Radio Show  episode 22, the second of our two episodes exploring private foundation rules using commentary on the...

Read More
Event

21st Annual Stanford Digital Economy Best Practices Conference

Erik Olson is speaking at the 21st Annual Stanford Digital Economy Best Practices Conference for the session "Track A: Content Moderation." To register for the event, please click  here .

Read More
Event

Clean Repowering: How to Capitalize on Fossil Grid Connections to Unlock Clean Energy Growth

Farella’s Linda Gilleran and Chris Rendall-Jackson and Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI) Uday Varadarajan are presenting the session “Clean Repowering: How to Capitalize on Fossil Grid Connections to Unlock Clean Energy Growth” at the ACG...

Read More
News

Farella Awards 2024 Diversity Scholarships to Bay Area Law Students

Read More
News

Farella Braun + Martel Earns San Francisco Green Business Recertification

Read More
Publication

No Three-Year Bar on Copyright Damages (For Now): SCOTUS Issues Opinion in Warner Chappell Music, Inc. et al. v. Sherman Nealy et al.

In a 6-3 majority decision in Warner Chappell Music, Inc. et al. v. Sherman Nealy et al. , the Supreme Court held that the Copyright Act entitles a copyright owner to recover damages for any...

Read More
News

Burdened by Debt, Savvy SF Office Owners Get Creative

Restructuring, insolvency, and creditors rights partner Gary Kaplan provided expert commentary in The San Francisco Standard article, "Burdened by Debt, Savvy SF Office Owners Get Creative." In the article, Gary explained that in most cases...

Read More
News

EPA Designates PFOA and PFOS as Hazardous Substances

Don Sobelman provided expert commentary in the  Chemical & Engineering News article "EPA Designates PFOA and PFOS as Hazardous Substances." Excerpt from the article: Lawyers are warning anyone purchasing an industrial site where PFOA...

Read More
Publication

A New Overtime Threshold Takes Effect in Mere Weeks: HR Should Assess Its Impact Now

On April 23, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its final rule increasing the minimum pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for various exempt “white-collar” employee categories beginning on...

Read More