By Susan E. Campbell
Three years ago this month Theresa Skaine opened Skaine & Associates LLC, a law practice serving clients in the corporate arena, commercial real estate and the nonprofit sector.
Skaine had been in practice for more than 20 years and a partner with Lemery Greisler LLC when she decided that at this time in her life, flexibility was a stronger objective than the security of a medium-sized firm.
With a daughter in high school and a son in college, Skaine wanted to be more flexible with her schedule to be more present with her children, she said.
“My biggest challenge has been depending on myself for everything. It can be a struggle to figure things out without my support staff,” said Skaine. “The issues I face are not about being a woman in business, but more about the firm being small.”
These first years on her own have helped Skaine gain an appreciation for what she will have in the future as she builds up her associates and grows the practice, she said.