On October 22, Dallas real estate lawyer Kathleen Wu discussed facilitating a successful career in law with a group of University of Texas law students at the Center for Women in Law’s Tuesday Power Lunch Series. Joined by Andrews Kurth 4th year associate Kathleen Tarbox, Wu shared stories and advice garnered from her near-30 of years of experience in real estate, finance, and business transactions.
“In my experience, your success as an associate is a function of how hard you are willing to work. Get ahead by staying late at the office and push yourself by taking advantage of opportunities to learn when they present themselves,” said Kathleen Wu on how commitment accelerated her career.
Describing female lawyers’ steps to success, Wu also emphasized the necessity of engaging in boardroom conversation so as to establish a strong presence among male counterparts. As a woman experienced in overcoming such reservations, Tarbox advised law students to utilize their years at UT Law as an exercise in developing the confidence to convey opinions in a crowded room of peers.
Kathleen Wu is a partner at the Andrews Kurth Dallas office. Her practice focuses on economic recovery and government opportunities, real estate, and real estate finance. In the past, Wu has held many leadership positions within Andrews Kurth, including Managing Partner and Hiring Partner. Currently she sits on various national committees, including the Compensation Committee, Finance Committee, and Policy Committee, the firm’s highest governing body. Wu has been named to the “Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas” list by Texas Diversity magazine, and she has also been recognized as a member of Lawdragon’s “500 Leading Lawyers in America.”
Kathleen Tarbox is a 4th year associate at the Andrews Kurth Dallas office. She practices commercial real estate law and general business transactions, including the representation of investment limited partners and commercial property. Tarbox is experienced in advising clients in various areas of real estate regarding matters including acquisitions and leasing, both as tenant and landlord, including the negotiation of related agreements and property related due diligence.
The Center for Women in Law thanks Kathleen Wu and Kathleen Tarbox for their valuable insight.