Mistaken For The Court Reporter: Litigating As A Woman

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“Ask a woman in litigation if she’s ever been mistaken for a court reporter, and there’s a good chance she’ll say yes.

Teri Drew, who specializes in the defense of commercial liability claims, said it happened to her just a few months ago.

“I went to a plaintiffs’ firm for a deposition, and the receptionist said, ‘OK you’re going to be in the conference room. You can go in because I know you need to set up.’” Drew recounted to Big Law Business.

“I said, ‘Set up? I’m pretty much good to go.’ And she said, ‘You have to set up your equipment.’ And I said, ‘I don’t have equipment.’ She said, ‘Oh, do you do shorthand?’”

“She thought I was the court reporter,” explained Drew, a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson. Drew estimated that she’s the only woman lawyer in 75 to 80 percent of the cases she handles.

Drew considers herself lucky that her law firm afforded her many opportunities to argue motions and take the lead on cases after she joined in 1987, but she said she knows that’s the exception.”


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