Born: New York City; raised in Bucks County, Pa.
Education: Bachelor’s degree, English, Haverford College; juris doctor, New York University School of Law
First job: I worked in a warehouse for a swimming pool company when I was 16 or 17, unloading swimming pool chemicals. Then, minimum wage was $1.65 an hour, and I got a 10-cent raise halfway through the summer.
What is the best business lesson you’ve learned?
Take the long view. You’re often presented with a development that might initially seem like a very positive development or a very negative development. What I’ve learned to do over time is to give yourself some time to think about it and not rush to a conclusion that the outcome is going to be very positive or negative. You might be missing the real importance of the development if you do that.
What traits or skills are essential for a business leader?
The one I’m most focused on is communicating — but communicating with a sense of direction. I am very interested in my partners’ viewpoints on our firm. But at the same time, it’s very important for me to use those opportunities as a vehicle for communicating my own views on the direction in which our firm should be heading.
What is your definition of success?
That when I look back on the time I was here, we had been able to attract talented lawyers that fit our culture and address the issues that face our firm in an intelligent, creative way. That to me would be success.