Women's Leadership InitiativeQ&A with Polly Harris

Polly is experienced in representing federal and state chartered banks, savings and loan associations, and credit unions and businesses in commercial transactions, litigation, and product compliance analysis.

What advice do you wish you could give your younger self, just starting out in the legal field?

Chill out. Enjoy the view and the humans around you.

Name an attorney you admire and tell us why.

My late father’s best friend, Cleveland attorney Arthur Lustig. He is 88, and remains active in his community and in the practice of law. He sets an amazing example of what it means to be a professional and a contributor.

What are the biggest issues women lawyers face?

I think this applies to all attorneys (and professionals): unplugging. Technology is a double edged sword. We all want to be the best, most responsive attorneys that we can be, and technology lets us do that- or forces us to do that- 24/7.

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

It’s a tie between The Talking Heads’ “Naïve Melody” and U2’s “Mysterious Ways.” “Naïve Melody,” because I’ve been married for a long time- 35 years- and that notion of “love me ‘til my heart stops” is becoming increasingly real! As for U2, I’m very clumsy, although I’d prefer to characterize it the way Bono does: I move in mysterious ways.

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

It has helped me become more rounded. The firm encourages involvement, whether that be social causes, bar associations, the arts or your community. There is always someone at the firm who can help you become involved in whatever interests you. It has also helped me mentor my son, who is a CPA entering his fifth year on the audit staff at Deloitte. He’s starting to get involved in community causes, and it’s great to see. He also asks his father and me for career advice, and we love to give it- although sometimes I probably sound like the old man yelling from the porch.