Between leading the Firm’s Business Law Practice Group and co-chairing the Firm’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusiveness Committee, Sarah Benedict has her hands full. Thankfully, we were able to steal a few moments of her time to get an in-depth look at how she got to this point in her career.
Can you describe yourself in five words?
Responsive, analytical, strategic, caring, and experienced.
Why did you become a lawyer?
My entire life, my parents told me I was going to be a lawyer – I guess I was negotiating with them when I was two. I was insistent that would never happen, but when I was about 26, I realized that I was interested in the law and that being a lawyer would give me great opportunities to help other people. They tried really hard to refrain from saying “I told you so” when I went to law school.
What do you like about what you do for a living? What lights you up?
I love learning about my clients’ businesses and helping them figure out how to solve problems and be successful.
If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you be?
Good question. I spend a lot of my personal time working on issues related to foster youth. There is so much our society needs to do to better protect our kids, so I would probably find a way to work in that area.