Wednesday, August 22, 2012

DW Women in Law Profile – Kathleen Lang

Every month on DW Women in Law Blog, we will profile one of our female attorneys to give you a perspective of who they are and the work they do.

Sitting with Kathy Lang in her corner office on the 40th floor of the One Detroit Center building, you can see an expansive view of Detroit that extends to the suburbs beyond. The office is large but also feels cozy with papers and files strewn across furniture, pictures of her family and colleagues, and an elegant desk with a comfortable chair for a guest. It is here that I sat down with Kathy to discuss her career, life and the challenges facing female attorneys today.

Kathy started as a criminal defense attorney, inspired by TV shows, like Perry Mason. But after starting her career in law at a small criminal defense firm in Southeast Michigan, she realized that it wasn’t exactly her cup of tea. She moved to Dickinson Wright as a civil litigator, and she is now a Member and Director of Strategic Development, working in the firm’s Detroit, Michigan office.

“What appealed to me about Dickinson Wright, and I know this sounds cliché, was the people,” Kathy says while seated at her desk. “Many firms have similar practices with similar clients.  But my interview day, I met 10-15 litigators and I saw myself working here with those people.”

Kathy is a litigator that focuses her practice in the areas of commercial, class action, environmental, gaming, intellectual property, and product liability litigation. She works with Fortune 500 companies such as Ford Motor Company, Enbridge Energy, Lorillard Tobacco, and The Dow Chemical Company. 

In describing what she loves about her work, she notes she handles sophisticated litigation that is both intelligently and factually challenging. For her every day is a new day because, like most trial attorneys, no two cases are the same.

But even with frustrations that come along with a job, Kathy loves what she does because of the people she works with at Dickinson Wright, her clients, and the type of litigation she handles. Although, she still has time for some fun outside of work. Kathy and her husband are now empty nesters so they’ve been traveling and just bought a new boat. So not only do people have to watch out for her in the courtroom, those on the Michigan waterways might want to look out for her as well!

To learn more about Kathy Lang and her practice, click on her biography here.