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Tracy A. Miller is a lawyer with 20 years’ experience – all of it in the area of employment law, which makes for a natural fit for Ogletree Deakins. The Phoenix office is one of 40 Ogletree Deakins offices located in 23 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands and is one of the nation’s leading labor and employment firms. Practice areas include employment law, traditional labor relations, employee benefits, class action, workplace safety and health, unfair competition and trade secrets, affirmative action programs and OFCCP compliance, wage and hour, immigration, international law, litigation, governmental affairs, e-discovery and records retention, construction law, and environmental law. “Since I joined the firm in 2005, we have seen the firm grow from fewer than 300 lawyers to more than 600. We represent employers of all sizes and across many industries, including more than half of the Fortune 50,” Miller said. She has seen dramatic changes in the roles of women in business and especially in the legal profession. Many are positive, but she has also experienced her share of the negative side. Some of these challenges are still being faced by women attorneys, she says. “I started my career in1991 in Washington, DC at a time when women attorneys had to wear panty hose and suits (with big shoulders) or dresses. Women have made some professional advances in law, and we certainly dress better, but the progress has been way too slow,” she says. She cites an example of trying to explain a one-week absence to a client, a week in which she had been overseas adopting her son. “He promptly fired me saying that he did not think I would be as committed to the case now that I was a mom.” “I do not think the answer is more generous flex-time and part-time policies. There are still a lot of women lawyers who eventually leave large firms or exit the profession altogether. Flexibility for men and women is great and younger lawyers of both sexes are demanding more. But achieving true equality requires a change in perceptions,” Miller says. Despite these challenges, Miller loves her job and would encourage young women to enter the legal profession. “Practicing law can be both challenging and rewarding, and the personal drama that often plays out in employment cases keeps it interesting. Law has become more of a business, but the more objective standards in the business world usually benefit woman lawyers.” In her time away from the office she is training for her next marathon and active in animal welfare causes. She is on the Board of the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Executive Council of the Animal Law section of the Bar.
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