Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal — Executive Women in Business — October 25 - November 7, 2013 — 5C
Executive Women in Business
Amy SantaMaria, Kaplin Stewart . . . continued from page C
I was court appointed to represent Amitha, a prisoner who while liv- ing in a half-way house, decided to testify before the state legislature about prison conditions. His con- troversial testimony caused him to be transferred back to prison. We sued the director of the half- way house for violating his First Amendment rights. It took all day to depose the director before he fi- nally admitted that he arranged to transfer Amitha on a pretext after receiving so many irate phone calls. Although the court was troubled by my client’s lack of credibility, the court awarded him damages since the director had corroborated his claim. This showed me that perse- verance pays off. What outside activities do you enjoy during you free time? I love to visit new places with my family and to decorate the house for the different seasons. What do you feel is the key to your success? The key to success is to prioritize, stay flexible and endure. n
However, it was my mother who encour- aged me to go to law school, because she always wanted me to be able to fend for myself. They each had a valid point. What is the funniest, most unique situation you have faced / conquered during your business career? I actually had a client who told me that he would pay for me to have a tubal ligation after I told him that I was pregnant with my third child. To this day, I’m not sure why he cared, as I negotiated deals the minute the OB would let me pick upmy phone. And no, I did not take him up on his offer. What outside activities do you enjoy during you free time? I love to cook, watch professional sports, spend time with my family, ski, sit on the beach in Margate, New Jersey, volunteer at my children’s school and with social service organi- zations and read the most recent case law. One of the items on that list is a fabrication. What do you feel is the key to your success? My fear of failure AND the ability
to not let that fear get in the way of my goals. n
Pamela Tobin, Kaplin Stewart. . . continued from page C
events - are not at the core of business or those looking to develop business re- lationships. My network includes other professionals, clients, and friends who act as an excellent referral source. Tell us a little about your family I have been married to my husband Richard for 15 years and we have two beautiful children – Kate (8) and Richard (4). If you are the primary caregiver to your childrenwhat obstacle and challenges do you meet on a day to day basis? I am the primary caregiver to my children. Being an excellent mother is as important as being an excellent lawyer. Managing all of the fun ac- tivities that my children participate in and my daughter’s health needs is definitely tricky. I am extremely lucky to work at a firm that understands that family is important and that is so technologically advanced. I work in the office during “business hours” and finish my work at all different hours and from various different places with little to no effect on my clients. My clients can always reach me and I am always focused on meeting their goals and objectives. What is the funniest, most unique situation you have faced / conquered during your business career? The funniest, most unique situation I have faced during my business career relates to the one and only divorce case I was forced to handle on behalf of an executive of one of my corporate clients. My adversary grabbed me and used me as a shield to avoid the physical attack of my client. Given my stature this was more than amusing. I certainly prefer protecting my clients’ business interests than keeping them safe from physical harm. What do you feel is the key to your success? The key to my success is to always be prepared and to stay focused on getting the best results for my clients. n I don’t develop business relationships on a golf course. I develop and cultivate business relationships by providing efficient, effective service. I think that success is the best advertisement and a referral from a client is the highest compliment. Every once in a while I’ll take a client to a Phillies game, but that’s because I genuinely like baseball and I genuinely like many of clients. Tell us a little about your family My husband, Marc, is a foot and an- kle surgeon on the Main Line. We have three children; a nine year old daughter and two sons, ages seven and five. Who do you feel was most influen- tial in your life when choosing this profession? My father never wanted me to become a lawyer. He, prophetically, didn’t want me to be tied to the “billable hour.” Simi Kaplin Baer, Kaplin Stewart . . . continued from page C
colleagues while giving back to our community. Tell us a little about your family I am raising three school-aged daughters in Wyncote, PA. If you are the primary care- giver to your children, what obstacle and challenges to you meet on a day-to-day basis? The greatest challenge, of course, is making it all work. Often difficult, it is always rewarding and I would not change places for the world. Who do you feel was most influ- ential in your life when choosing this profession? My parents gave me the grit and confidence to succeed. What is the funniest, most unique situation you have faced / conquered during your busi- ness career?
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