|Editor’s note: This story was originally featured in the January issue of DS News, out now.
In the January issue of DS News, we were proud to introduce our section on 25 women lawyers who have made their marks in the legal industry. From breaking through the glass ceiling to fighting for the rights of their clients, these formidable women have ensured the success of their individual firms and the industry through their skills and can-do attitudes. They are mentors and role models for a younger generation that admires them, learns from their fights, and is influenced by their positive approach towards creating a work-life balance.
In this second installment, we profile get to know more about what inspired these women to become lawyers, their views on the current state of the industry, what it’s like to be a woman in law, and what qualifies these women as being among some of the finest minds in the legal and financial services industries.
MICHELLE GARCIA GILBERT
Managing Partner, Gilbert Garcia Group, P.A. and Sapphire Title & Escrow Company
Default Servicing, Real Estate Litigation and Transactions, Business Law, Estate Planning, Probate, Guardianship and Trusts, General Civil Law, Construction Law
Michelle Garcia Gilbert planned on becoming a newspaper reporter and graduated with a degree in journalism to fulfill this dream. But destiny had other plans for her and an attorney she worked with while in college influenced Garcia Gilbert to apply to law school as a way of combining her ability to communicate with civic duty. It has been 31 years since Garcia Gilbert began practicing law and though she never wrote for a newspaper, she has combined her formidable skills with civic duty to help her clients win in the legal battlefield. “Though I never became a reporter, I have written for industry publications. As an attorney, I have helped others to solve their legal problems, and as a business owner and Managing Partner, I have assisted my employees to live up to their potential,” said Garcia Gilbert who, over the years, has also mentored and influenced other women to balance their personal and professional lives. For Garcia Gilbert, the challenges of the current legal landscape present entrepreneurial opportunities, which in turn allows her firm to contribute to the community. “We believe in to whom much is given, much is expected! For example, we sponsor local high school students who work at the firm in exchange for tuition assistance,” Garcia Gilbert shared.