When Armstrong Teasdale partner Tessa Trelz
founded the firm’s Professional Advancement of Women (PAW) program in 1998, few firms were so forward-thinking as to focus resources on helping women lawyers succeed.
Since then, the program has served as a model for programs at other firms and Armstrong Teasdale enjoys the reputation as a good place for women lawyers to establish careers and flourish.
The PAW program’s mission is to create a positive and supportive environment for women lawyers through mentoring, networking and educational opportunities. It also aims to strengthen existing relationships with women clients and prospects as well as forge new relationships between professional and executive women in the community. The program is now led by partner Martha (Marty) Hereford
In addition to helping found and sponsoring the St. Louis Business Journal’s
“Most Influential Businesswomen” awards program, Armstrong’s PAW program instituted a business development training program that was expanded to include men as well as women junior partners and senior associates.
Within the firm, women serve in key leadership roles. Women serve on the management and compensation committees. Armstrong Teasdale’s International Law practice
is headed by Jennifer Schwesig
, a Law360
“Rising Legal Star.” Key members of our professional staff also are women.