Women's Leadership InitiativeQ&A with Abigail Thederahn

Abbie Thederahn is an associate in Porter Wright’s Labor and Employment Department. She assists lawyers with all aspects of labor and employment law, including regulatory matters as well as litigation.

What inspired your decision to become an attorney?

I am a natural problem solver. As an attorney, I get to research interesting issues and think critically every day, which makes for a rewarding and challenging career. In addition, I have always had a passion for writing and advocacy, so being a lawyer is a perfect fit.

What made you want to focus on labor and employment?

When I was a summer clerk at Porter Wright, I had the opportunity to work on several interesting labor and employment matters. During that summer, I learned that labor and employment offers more variety than I initially thought. I like that labor and employment involves a combination of compliance issues and litigation.

How has mentorship impacted your career?

Maintaining formal and informal mentoring relationships has made a great impact on my career. I have several mentors who each offer a different perspective on every situation. The honest, constructive feedback I have received from my mentors has been critically helpful to me in building my skillset and confidence.

Complete the sentence: “If I wasn’t an attorney, I would be a…”

I would probably be a veterinarian. I have always loved spending time with animals. Growing up, my family was involved with animal rescue organizations, and we had over 20 foster dogs in our home over several years. I also interned with a veterinarian during high school. Animals are still a big part of my life today— my husband and I have a dog, a cat and a rabbit.

Tell us about your favorite thing to do outside of work.

I love spending time outdoors. During the warmer months, I try to go hiking as often as possible. I also like taking long walks with my dog and swimming during the summer. And my newest hobby is learning to roller skate!