The best piece of advice that was ever given to Lindsay Naparstek was simply this: “You will sooner regret the things that you did not do than the things that you did.”
It’s a phrase many of us have probably heard at least once, maybe even a few times over the course of our lives and careers. So, why is this single piece of advice such an important part of Lindsay’s story? It’s because she owes so much of her success and her happiness to listening to this advice.
In fact, it is this ethos that led to one of the proudest moments in her legal career. According to Lindsay, her proudest career moment was leaving a safe legal job that made her unhappy 8 years ago for a brand new ‘outside the box’ position at Steinger, Greene, and Feiner that was perfect for her strengths and personality.
It was that kind of courage that lead to some of the best choices in Lindsay’s life. The courage she shows every day in a field that is predominantly male, the courage she instills in her three beautiful children, and the courage she gives to victims that she represents.
And it’s also about balance. Lindsay says, “Balancing life between a full-time law career and being a mother to three small children can become a lot for anyone, but there is no better reward.”
Lindsay’s mission from the beginning has been to protect the rights of those injured in accidents. What sets Lindsay apart from every other personal injury attorney in South Florida is her ability to bring that spirit to each client she works with. And each and every Steinger, Greene & Feiner client is lucky to work with Lindsay.
Lindsay’s once piece of advice to women who are studying to be lawyers, or entering the legal field is this: “Do not be intimidated, have an open mind, and look into different areas of the law. There are so many non-traditional lawyer roles out there today that may interest you.”
We asked Lindsay to answer some questions about her experience as a woman in the legal field and to provide her insights about life as a strong woman in an industry of predominantly men.
What drew you to a career in law?
From an early age, I always admired people who set out to help others and were problem solvers. As I became an adult, I knew that I wanted to be a voice for those who were unable to speak for themselves. As a result, I decided to become an attorney.
Who is your favorite female mentor and why?
My mother, who I do not give enough credit to and should probably thank more often. My mother always stood by my side no matter the issue or adversity I faced. She supported me unconditionally, and she is the woman who encouraged me to follow my dream of attending law school.
Have you been met with issues of gender equality in the legal field? How have you overcome them?
Unfortunately, yes. Often, attorneys still believe that it’s an “all boys club” and they do not give female attorneys, especially younger female attorneys, the respect that they deserve. I have found the best way to overcome them is to blow the socks off the attorney on the other side, whether it be during litigation, a negotiation, or in qualifying for a job!
Do you ever draw on your experience as a woman in your legal career? How so?
Yes, often. While this certainly a generalization, women, by nature, tend to be more compassionate, caring, and sympathetic. The ability to empathize makes the client relationship that much stronger.
The Ladies of The Law spotlight shines a much-needed light on the women who make the legal profession incredible. These hard-working lawyers are some of the finest in the industry at Steinger, Greene & Feiner. Through their shining example, we hope to inspire the next generation of women in law.