Beasley Allen attorneys Julia Ann Beasley and Danielle Ward Mason were recently included in a Business Alabama magazine article profiling female trial lawyers. The article, titled “Women on the Front Line” notes that although the number of women attorneys in Alabama has increased almost 50 percent in the last 12 years, only a handful of the state’s trial lawyers are women.
In the article, Beasley and Mason weigh in on a variety of topics including if and how female attorneys are perceived different from men by juries, and the challenges of balancing family and work life. Every lawyer – male or female – has his or her own style, but there are definitely marked differences in how a female lawyer is viewed.
Mason says she feels her ability to empathize with female clients, for example in her past work with Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) litigation, is a plus but is quick to point out that “advocacy skills are shaped more by personality than gender.” She notes there are many different approaches a lawyer can take in court, and she has seen the same ones executed by both men and women.
It is important to be yourself, Beasley agrees. Juries don’t want to see a performance, they want the facts and they want someone genuinely interested in the case and the client. It helps, she says, “to develop your own style in the courtroom.”
Beasley represents clients in the area of Personal Injury. She says the most common feeling at trial is one experienced by all attorneys to some degree – apprehension.
“I think all lawyers feel that way because that trial is my client’s only opportunity to tell his or her story in court and let a jury decide the case,” she tells Business Alabama. “The courtroom is the only place where real life and serious – sometimes deadly – problems can be heard and resolved by a jury.”
Read the full story at Business Alabama online.