Linda shines at Davis Polk & Wardwell, one of our nation’s most prestigious law firms. Just eight years after Yale Law School, at the age of 34, Linda achieved her life long dream of making partner. At last I have arrived, Linda first thought to herself, recounting all the hours she spent since high school studying to get perfect grades and a perfect resume. That was five years ago.
One day while working on an important case, Linda walked by the pantry only to overhear her associates whisper about her. She couldn’t quite catch everything they said, but phrases such as, “She’s almost 40,” and “Is she still single?” zinged her ears. Never one to doubt, Linda kept going for the rest of the week. The case is the priority, her mission, if you will. Her clients are fighting a hostile takeover from a competitor, and she and Davis, Polk & Wardwell must defend.