Women's Leadership InitiativeQ&A with Jetta Sandin

Jetta is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department, concentrating her practice on complex commercial and antitrust matters. She has significant experience with all phases of litigation, including assisting clients overcome the challenges presented by electronically stored information (ESI). 

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

I think the best advice I have received was from my parents. It was not so much focused on being a successful attorney, but more a successful person: Work hard. Never be afraid to ask questions. And most importantly, always be yourself. Life is full of enough challenges and stress, trying to be someone you are not will only unnecessarily add to that.

What was the single most important thing that made you want to focus your practice in litigation?

I love the variety of litigation. Every case, even if it involves the same laws as another case you have worked on, is totally different - different people, different places, different events. Plus, I have always enjoyed the challenge of convincing people that I am right.

Name an attorney you admire and tell us why.

Victoria Zerjav. She is (in no particular order) an attorney, a mother, a friend, a wife, a mentor, a chef, and a volunteer, and she manages to look good while doing it all. She is a Renaissance woman.

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

“Dance Like Yo Daddy” by Meghan Trainor… listen to it, and you will understand why.

How has mentorship made a difference in your professional and personal life?

My mentors have made me who I am, both as a person and an attorney. Each and every one of them has left an indelible mark on me (and some have left more than one!). I have been lucky enough to have some amazing mentors along the way – from my parents and teachers growing up - thanks Mrs. Vogel for teaching me it was cool to be a STEM girl! – to my first mentor out of law school, Jim Moriarty, who patiently answered all my questions, no matter how elementary; to my current mentor, Molly Crabtree, who has guided me through the maze that any lateral attorney faces when transitioning to new firm. Thank you to all of them. I just hope that I have the opportunity to pay it forward one day.