Legaltech News recently profiled Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin in a piece entitled, “Women of Legal Tech: From Journalism to Law.” While women remain underrepresented in most science and technology fields, Monica Bay’s “Women of Legal Tech” column serves as an inspiring platform for showcasing the many prominent women in the Legal Tech community.
A partner in Lieff Cabraser’s New York office, Annika K. Martin represents plaintiffs in class action and mass tort litigation as well as individuals and businesses harmed by corporate environmental malfeasance. A member of the Steering Committee of the Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum, Martin is able to juggle her active and successful practice and still make time to educate and assist others, particularly women coming up in the legal field.
When providing advice to young women entering the professional world, Martin encourages girls to identify their strengths and weaknesses. “Play to your strengths; strive to improve your weaknesses. But if you’re a sparrow, don’t kill yourself trying to swim—recognize the difference between trying to improve an underdeveloped skill and trying to force yourself to be something (or someone) you’re not.” She also notes, “Don’t burn bridges—you’ll be surprise how many times you have to cross the same river. And don’t you dare pull up the ladder as you climb.”
Martin offers further advice on communicating in work environments, emphasizing the importance of paying attention to how others communicate—“usually that is how they want to receive communications. Watch what others do (more than what they say). Think about the “why” behind people’s actions and reactions.”
When discussing the secret to her success, Martin added “curiosity—it’s what draws me into my cases, to figure out how and why an incident happened and how best to resolve it. It’s what drives me to learn from mistakes and successes (both my own and others), to figure out what went wrong or what went right and why and how to avoid or re-create it the next time.”
Read the full interview with Martin here on LegalTech’s site (subscription).
About Annika K.Martin
A partner in Lieff Cabraser’s New York office, Annika K. Martin represents plaintiffs in class action and mass tort litigation, including plaintiffs with physical and economic injuries resulting from accidents involving GM vehicles sold with a defective ignition switch; patients nationwide suffering from the widespread outbreak of meningitis and other serious maladies caused by contaminated medication; and individuals and businesses across the Gulf Coast harmed by the blowout on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in class action litigation against BP, Transocean, and Halliburton. She also serves on the Steering Committee of the Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum.