Women Lawyers of JMBM

The Women Lawyers of JMBM come together each month to discuss what's on our minds: taking care of our clients, taking care of our families, developing business and developing as lawyers and human beings.

JMBM's women lawyers are first-rate counselors and advocates. We are skilled, ethical, and committed to delivering the best results to our clients. We are also mothers, partners, immigrants, musicians, equestriennes, baseball fans, lacrosse team captains, and friends. Here's what some of us have to say about the practice of law, our families, our interests and our lives.

Susan Allison

It still surprises me how much of a challenge the practice of law can be, even now, more than 30 years after I started.
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Barbra A. Arnold

I have been at JMBM my entire career. I was a summer associate at JMBM back in 2002 and have been working in the Firm's Labor and Employment Department ever since I graduated from Harvard Law School in 2004.
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Sheri L. Bonstelle

When I returned to Ohio from a mother/daughter trip to New York City at age 14, I was certain of two things: One, I wanted to be an architect, and two, I had to live in New York.
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Jessica Bromall Sparkman

I have been fortunate in my life to be surrounded by intelligent, competent, and fierce women. My mother is a CPA and was the first female partner at a national accounting firm in the city of Pittsburgh.
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Louise Ann Fernandez

I have been at JMBM for over 25 years and have watched this firm grow from about 30 attorneys to its present size.
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Elizabeth D. Hillman

I was born in the Midwest and moved to California at the age of eight. I grew up in California and enjoyed the state's University of California educational system - I attended UCLA for both college and law school.
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Catherine DeBono Holmes

I never imagined when I was a young lawyer that I would stay at one law firm for over 30 years, but as it turns out, I will have been an attorney at JMBM for 30 years as of November 2, 2011.
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An Nguyen Ruda

I joined JMBM in 2006 in the Labor & Employment Department.
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Monica Q. Vu

My decision to go into law and the way I approach helping my clients have everything to do with where I came from and why my family immigrated to the United States.
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Visit the professional biographies of additional JMBM women lawyers, below.

Rebecca C. Barnhardt

Rebecca Couch Barnhardt represents clients in environmental litigation and compliance, including regulatory enforcement and administrative matters in state and federal courts and agencies.
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Wendy Bleiman

Wendy Bleiman has successfully represented clients—from individuals to multinational Fortune 500 corporations—in connection with federal, state and local tax controversies.
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Elizabeth A. Culley

Elizabeth is an associate in the Litigation Department. Her practice involves general litigation with an emphasis on land use, corporate, intellectual property and entertainment litigation.
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Patricia M. DeSantis

Patricia DeSantis is an associate in the Labor & Employment Practice.
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Stephanie Diebold

Stephanie Diebold's practice includes all aspects of real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, construction, financing and leasing.
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Marta M. Fernandez

Marta Fernandez's practice focuses on advising management clients in all aspects of labor and employment law.
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Talya Goldfinger

Talya is an associate in the Litigation Department. Read More

D. Karen Maready

Karen Maready’s practice includes corporate and securities transactions. She advises clients on a broad range of matters, including real estate transactions, formation of entities, daily operations, mergers and acquisitions.
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Joyce Men

Joyce is an associate in the Corporate Department.
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Jill R. Skinner

Jill is an associate in the Firm's Taxation and Trusts & Estate Groups. Jill focuses on estate and gift tax planning, probate and trust administration.
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Valerie Schultz Konjoyan

Valerie Konjoyan's practice emphasizes all aspects of estate planning, as well as general tax matters.
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Eva Wolf

Eva Wolf is an associate in the Taxation and Trusts & Estates practice groups. Eva advises individuals on a broad range of tax and estate planning matters.
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