Fox Rothschild Partner Nancy Yaffe Still Thinks of Her Mentor When Decisions Must Be Made

December 30, 2014 – In The News
L.A. Biz

Nancy Yaffe was featured in the L.A. Biz article, “Fox Rothschild Partner Nancy Yaffe Still Thinks of Her Mentor When Decisions Must Be Made.” Full text can be found in the December 30, 2014, issue, but a synopsis is below.

L.A. Biz named 40 honorees for its inaugural Women of Influence Awards. The program honors women business leaders in the Los Angeles area who innovate, succeed and "pay it forward.” Now, the winners share with the readers more about themselves.

The one word that best describes you:

What was your first job and what did you learn from it?
Gift Wrapper at bookstore during the holiday season; I learned a great skill I still use today.

What is your proudest career accomplishment?
The daily gratitude I get from clients who follow my advice and do the right thing for their employees.

Who has been the biggest influence on your career, and why?
I was lucky to have a wonderful mentor, Lisa van Krieken, now at Folger & Levin in San Francisco. We worked together for 15 years. Lisa taught me that practicing law can be fun. I learned to help clients proactively and that I could add value to their business by helping them be compliant. She showed me that you can treat opposing counsel with respect and still be respected. She role-modeled for me that reasonableness and good judgment can prevail and that clients appreciate directness and honesty. I learned how to give options to clients instead of saying no, and to let clients make their own decisions based on the risks explained to them. Even though our prior firm dissolved and we no longer work together, there are many days I find myself asking, "What would Lisa do?" And then I do it.

Click here to view the full interview.