Two months after she became the first woman to serve as managing partner of Drinker Biddle & Reath’s Washington office, Anita Cicero has set her sights on bringing more lateral partners to the firm.
Cicero, who came to Drinker Biddle with Gardner Carton & Douglas when the two firms merged in Jan. 2007, succeeded firm partner Michael McManus as chair of the 90-person office in July when he stepped down earlier this year
Despite the ongoing economic slump, Cicero says Drinker Biddle has continued to grow, and she wants to continue to bring lawyers into the firm’s “off the beaten path” practice areas, including its education, tribal law, and insurance practices.
“We feel half lucky and half fortunate that we are experiencing a successful growth trajectory and not a lay off trajectory as some have,” Cicero says.
As the firm continues to grow, Cicero says she wants to maintain an emphasis on expanding the firm’s diversity effort.
“As a woman, I think it speaks a lot to the firm’s commitment to diversity to have me in this position. But for me, it is also helps with the integration of Drinker and Gardener because I came over when they merged,” Cicero says.