San Francisco Bay Area Managing Partner Lily Chinn was profiled by The Glass Hammer, offering anecdotes from her career on planning while being open to opportunities. When starting out as a young attorney, Lily noted that having the confidence to ask for help and taking control of one's own career development made a difference as she amassed experience. Finding mentors and professional organizations that can continually support your goals is critical. Lily stated, "As you become more senior and experienced, you still need to continue to find mentors and support so you can keep growing."
Making work/life balance a goal can help ensure career longevity. Lily added that attorneys should seek out colleagues at a firm or company that enhances your quality of life and has a culture you enjoy. "It's easy to overlook when you consider other aspects of the job, but I've found that your team is actually one of the most important elements in the long run."
She also counts pro bono service among her proudest professional achievements. "Through my day-to-day work, as well as my pro bono work, I always seek opportunities that support diversity, which is a value I hold dear." ("Voice of Experience: Lily Chinn, Managing Partner, San Francisco Bay Area, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP," March 25, 2019)