Most Influential Women: Laura Sixkiller, DLA Piper

Business News | 12 Aug |

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Today’s spotlight: Laura Sixkiller

Title: Partner, DLA Piper

Sixkiller is a trial attorney whose diverse practice focuses on the litigation of complex commercial, securities, M&A, regulatory and corporate matters in federal and state courts as well as administrative and arbitral forums.

Source of pride: “Using creativity to find resolutions that work for my client. One litigation matter I handled ended in such an amicable way that my client and the opposing party went on to start a new business relationship.  In another matter, a business sale dispute, the offer of a horse is what it took to get the other side to settle.”

The personality trait that helped you succeed:Openness to other’s ideas.  I encourage my team to share their thinking on our cases. Everyone, at all levels, has a voice.  These fresh perspectives help me, as lead decision-maker, design an innovative legal strategy to achieve a win for the client.  I host a “post-mortem” to debrief after major case events.  The team discusses what we learned and how we can apply this to other cases.”

The personality trait that got you into trouble:Stubbornness.  Before law school, I thought I had to win even the most minute argument and would resist admitting I could be wrong.  A beloved law school professor pointed out that perseverance is a good quality, but rigidness is not. He explained that a willingness to adapt is the key to a truly great lawyer.  This conversation changed my perspective and has made a lasting impact on how I practice law.”

Best childhood memory:A trip to D.C. when I was a teenager.  I remember walking into the Supreme Court in awe. I bought a replica of the constitution in the gift shop and hung it, as well as a photo of the nine Supreme Court justices, on my wall. I was teased incessantly (and still am to this day by my childhood friends), but this kept me focused on my goal of becoming a lawyer.”

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