IRVINE, Calif., May 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- OC METRO Magazine recently revealed its 2011 list of Orange County's top 40 professionals under age 40 -- and it includes Montage Legal Group's co-owners/founders, Laurie Rowen and Erin Giglia. Orange County's premier business and lifestyle magazine states, "This year's list of overachieving young professionals includes rising stars in every field imaginable. Yes, they work hard. But as you'll see, they still have a playful spirit." Laurie Rowen (age 31) and Erin Giglia (age 34) have been instrumental in building their unique business, which utilizes a previously untapped resource -- top female attorneys who opted out of traditional law firm practice in favor of flexibility and lifestyle choices.
Montage Legal Group has seen enormous growth already this year. The group recently added six new lawyers who previously practiced law at firms like Latham & Watkins, Morrison Forester, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Bryan Cave, Paul Hastings, Cooley, Baker & McKenzie, Covington & Burling, and Morgan Lewis & Bockius. Montage's six new contract attorneys, Kimberly Bick, Shannon Sweeney, Jenna Randolph, Carolyn McKitterick, Christina Johnson, and Kim Murakawa, expand Montage's presence in Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego.
Most of Montage's 20 freelance lawyers are mothers who joined the network directly after leaving in-house counsel positions or law firms, but others are a growing subset of women who are relaunching their legal careers after taking time off to raise their children. "Just because a female lawyer chooses to take several years off to raise her children doesn't mean she has to stop working forever," says Kim Bick, who obtained her bachelor's degree, her masters in civil engineering and her law degree from Stanford University. "Montage not only keeps young mothers in the legal market, but it provides a supportive network to someone like me to wants to use their law firm training to benefit both their careers and the legal community."
"The legal community doesn't have to lose talented female lawyers anymore," says Berkeley Law graduate and Montage lawyer, Lindley Fraley. "Montage gives me the opportunity to work from home for other law firms without the prior stigma attached to being a contract lawyer." Fraley, who formerly practiced at Latham & Watkins and Payne & Fears, has a two year old toddler and is due in June with her second daughter.
SOURCE Montage Legal Group