Women's Leadership InitiativeQ&A with Jennifer Stueber

Jennifer Stueber is an attorney in Porter Wright's downtown Cleveland office. She is a member of the firm’s Corporate Department and serves clients in the areas of banking and finance, and real estate.

What part of your legal practice are you most passionate about?

I truly enjoy working on economic development projects. I find it rewarding to be a part of a team that works together creatively to solve problems that benefit the community we work and live in.

What is the best advice you’ve received about how to be a successful attorney?

It’s so important and valuable, especially as a woman in law, to find a mentor (or two) who you are comfortable with to ask for advice.

Have you drawn professional inspiration from other women? Tell us about someone who has inspired you.

I’ve had several female attorneys as mentors, all of whom have shared with me their time and advice, and all without seeking credit, accolades or compensation. Starting out as a secretary in a small law firm, I was fortunate to work very closely with two female attorneys. They both taught me legal analysis and how to give practical advice, and served as role models in leadership in their respective practices. Those two female attorneys helped me to build an excellent foundation for learning the art of getting the deal done.

What are the top three pieces of advice you would give to an aspiring female lawyer?

(1) be confident, (2) don’t apologize for asking questions or for having an opinion, and (3) take care of yourself with the same strength and determination that you take care of your clients.

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

Wedding event planner. I love party planning, and I would find it so gratifying to work on creating a special celebration of love that will send two people, madly in love, off on their next adventure together.  What fun it would be to take care of all of the small details so that the bride, groom and family can enjoy their special day, stress free!