When it comes to women leaders in the legal profession, few firms offer the depth of female talent that can be found at DeCorato Cohen Sheehan & Federico, LLP: In addition to three of the firm’s six partners, 16 of its associates are women. “In an area of the law that all too often has been dominated by male attorneys, we’ve been able to attract and develop top flight women litigators,” says Partner Linda J. DeCorato. “There’s no glass ceiling here.”
DeCorato – a registered nurse prior to entering the legal profession – helped found the firm in 1999, and she has seen it grow from primarily a medical malpractice defense firm to the full-service litigation firm that it is today.
“We handle all forms of litigation up through and including trial, and while we’re still largely a defense firm, we do take on some plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation,” DeCorato says. The firm has also represented plaintiffs and defendants in employment cases, many of which focus on women’s rights issues. “As our reputation as litigators has grown, we’ve continued to attract – and succeed in – a variety of litigation,” DeCorato notes.
Yet, despite its expansion, the firm remains a cohesive, hardworking group; and DeCorato attributes this stability to the firm’s focus on relationship building. “We pride ourselves on the relationships we’ve developed with our clients,” she says. “Whatever the case, we make sure our clients are fully updated regarding our dedicated and skillful efforts on their behalf. They can rest easy knowing that we are expertly balancing their needs for superior service with exceptional value.”