I met Debra Snider on Twitter in a conversation about women & large law firms. That conversation led to a spirited email discussion, which we’ve broken down into four blog posts.
After a distinguished 21-year legal and business career, Debra became an author and speaker. As a lawyer, she handled corporate and securities transactions for two large law firms and a real estate syndication company, then was Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer at a $20 billion publicly held commercial finance company. Thus, she has the perspective of someone who has been an associate at a large firm, an in-house staff lawyer with management responsibilities, a partner at a large law firm, and a client of many law firms, large and small.
Debra is the author of the well-received novel A Merger of Equals, which is set in the business world. She has also published two business books: The Productive Culture Blueprint (an American Bar Association Career Resource Center publication that offers a blueprint, complete with case study, checklists and other practical tools and tips, for building sustainable strategic productivity into the in-house law department and enduring, effective relationships with outside law firms); and Working Easier, an organizational design toolkit. Debra’s website is loaded with free career and other resources in addition to more information about her books, her background and her popular speaking topics.