Linda Perez Clark | Lessons in Leadership and Gratitude From a Law Firm Managing Partner

Linda Perez ClarkLinda Perez Clark is the Managing Partner of Kean Miller and the Program Director for Kean Miller Connection, an annual law school preparatory program for traditionally underrepresented individuals in law school and law practice.

Linda has more than 20 years of experience representing clients in a wide variety of transactional matters, including engineering, procurement, construction-related contracts, asset and stock acquisitions, and commercial leases.

Linda is listed among the top Corporate/M&A lawyers in the state of Louisiana by Chambers USA 2020. She’s also on the Lawyers of Color’s (LoC) power list 2020. As the first female partner at Kean Miller, Linda is dedicated to diversity, inclusion, and leading with gratitude.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Linda Perez Clark discusses why she loves transactional law and what it means to be Kean Miller’s first female partner
  • How Linda’s mentors, colleagues, and professors helped her become a strong leader 
  • What challenges does a managing partner face?
  • Linda describes her leadership style and shares advice for current and aspiring firm leaders
  • Why relationships are a vital part of leadership
  • What Linda is most proud of in her career: Kean Miller Connection
  • Leading change over the next few years
  • Linda’s most important lesson: be grateful and acknowledge others’ contributions

In this episode…

As the first-ever female managing partner at her firm, Linda Perez Clark diligently leads with transparency, gratitude, and a commitment to help other minorities receive support to grow in their careers. What has she learned from being a managing partner, and what are her top lessons for current and aspiring leaders? 

Mentored by great lawyers and professionals, Linda had a front-row seat to inspirational leadership. As a trustworthy, hard worker, she earned the role of managing partner, vowing to elevate the firm and bring educational opportunities to the community. What has helped her thrive in this position? Linda says it’s vital to open your mind and heart to opportunities that will help you learn and grow. Most importantly, Linda advises you to lead with gratitude, acknowledge others’ contributions, and share thanks for the people who support you along the way. 

In this episode of The Lawyer’s Edge Podcast, Elise Holtzman sits down with Linda Perez Clark, Managing Partner at Kean Miller, to talk about leadership lessons and share top tips for those in the legal industry. Linda discusses her journey to become Managing Partner, the challenges she faced transitioning from lawyer to partner, and why gratitude and relationships are vital to success.

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