Women's Leadership InitiativeQ&A with Tracey Turnbull

Tracey Turnbull is partner-in-charge of Porter Wright's Cleveland office and is chair of the firm's Class Action Practice Group. Tracey focuses her legal practice on commercial and employment litigation matters.

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

The practice of law is not a sprint it is a marathon. This applies to learning how to run a case and developing business. You have to do things over and over and eventually you will see positive results.

What are the biggest issues women lawyers face?

The biggest issue that all lawyers face is work/life balance. The pace of practicing law has increased significantly and lines between work and personal life can be blurred – especially during  this extended period of remote working. You need to learn when to stop and step away or you will never finish the race.

If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would he/she be and why?

I would want to have dinner with Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Despite being faced with adversity throughout her entire life, she never gave up and kept moving forward. She is such a remarkable role model in so many different facets of life.

What is the last book you read?

I listen to books these days – the last one I completed (after multiple renewals) was Becoming by Michelle Obama.