My Best Advice: Casey Fleming

Casey Fleming


Foley & Lardner LLP


Industry: Legal services

Employees: 2,329 (477 in Milwaukee)

“One thing that I tell people who start at the firm in particular is it’s important to understand yourself and to, first and foremost, be your own best advocate.

“I think sometimes people get stuck in this idea that if they just come and they do great work, that that will be enough to help them realize all their dreams.

“It’s important to be intentional and strategic about driving your career. People want to help people that they can clearly see want to help themselves. It makes your job and your career so much more enjoyable.

“Another important part of that is to be open to people who are willing to help you on that path. When I joined Foley, I was very intentional about developing relationships with people in the firm and also outside the firm, and as part of that I was eventually asked to participate in a number of higher profile firm opportunities.”

Age: 34

Professional experience: Fleming holds a bachelor’s in philosophy from Sweet Briar College and a law degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law. She joined Foley & Lardner in 2008 and became a partner in February.

In the news: In April, Foley & Lardner merged with Dallas-based Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, forming a Milwaukee-based company with $830 million in joint revenues and 1,100 lawyers across 24 international offices. Fleming was involved in some of the integration efforts following the merger.

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