Q: Why’s that?
A: It was a teaching moment that helped
me understand and learn that there’s
more. More in addition to becoming a
really good lawyer and learning the subject
matter and developing arguments. I was
now part of a law firm that was a business.
And I needed to understand how the
business functions, and how the business
grows, and how the business is managed
in order to be a valued contributor.
Q: You seem to like the word “more.” Is
that a philosophy for you?
A: What an interesting observation.
Perhaps it explains my favorite magazine:
More. Its motto used to be “for women
over 40,” or something like that, and
then somebody took the phrase away.
It’s a fabulously diverse magazine, and
one of the recent articles was about the
First Lady, who was guest editor. It’s very
I use “more” because I like that word.
It captures a lot of what I spend my time
thinking about and worrying about: What
more could I be doing?
Q: What do you remember about your
first big courtroom moment?
A: My first big moment was in the midst of a
very large criminal case. My law firm at the
time, Weinberg & Green, had been retained
to represent and defend a gentleman
named Brian Tribble, who had been charged
with possession of cocaine in connection
with the death of Len Bias. There’s a book on
it; there’s an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary
on it. I went to the senior partner and said
that I wanted to work on it. What I didn’t
know at the time—here’s where naiveté
was a good thing—was that most of the
associates had shied away because it was a
criminal matter. So I quickly became almost
second chair to this very prominent trial
lawyer, Tom Morrow. I learned so much. I will
never forget a minute of it.
I was sitting in the courtroom with Tom,
and the police officer who investigated the
case and who found cocaine residue in Bias’
car was on the stand. Tom Morrow reached
over to me and said, “Do you want to take
this cross?” I was too cocky to say no.
And the judge took one look at me and
I think he probably figured, she is going
to throw up. The courtroom was packed
every day; there were reporters from all