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Shannon Forchheimer on Ms. JD – Be Your Own Advocate

by Laurie Rowen and Erin Giglia

Montage Legal Group’s Shannon Forchheimer is in the press today on Ms. JD.  Author of the popular legal blog, But I do Have a Law Degree, Shannon frequently speaks about her transition from Big Law to stay-at-home mom to freelance lawyer.  You may have read interviews or stories about Shannon on What’s for Work?, The Washington Post, Montage Legal Group’s blog, or heard her speak about unhappiness in the legal profession on Huffington Post Live.

This month, Dan Lear interviews Shannon for the Ms. JD blog as part of his “Dispatch from the Y-Chromosome” series.   Dan Lear asks Shannon questions about her time at Skadden Arps,  connections with similarly situated women, advice for new lawyers, and Shannon’s plans for the future.   To learn why Shannon advises all women to “be an advocate for yourself,” read the full interview on the Ms. JD website: Dispatches from the Y Chromosome – Dispatch #6: “Be an Advocate for Yourself” – Shannon Forchheimer.

Shannon Forchheimer

Shannon Forchheimer

Shannon Forchheimer graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2005, where she served as a Senior Editor of the Journal of Constitutional Law.  Upon graduation, Shannon joined the New York office of Skadden Arps as an associate in the Litigation Department, where she represented clients in complex commercial litigations and government investigations involving RICO, federal securities laws, ERISA, and breach of contract.  In 2007, Shannon relocated to Washington, DC, and joined the law firm of Dickstein Shapiro, where she continued to focus her practice on complex litigation, and represented government contractors suing the Government for breach of contract and CERCLA violations.

After the birth of her second son, Shannon left law firm life.  While at home full-time with her young sons, Forchheimer started a popular blog, “But I Do Have A Law Degree,” which was voted one of the “Top 5 Lawyer Mom Blogs” by FindLaw’s Legal Blog, Greedy Associates. Shannon has been featured in numerous on-line publications, including What’s for Work?The Washington PostMontage Legal Group’s blog, and Huffington Post Live.

Shannon founded Montage Legal Group’s East Coast division with Chelsea Beser in 2012. Shannon lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband, three young sons, and a very hyper dog, Couscous.

Contact Shannon at    Follow Shannon on Facebook (But I Do Have a Law Degree) and Twitter (@dohavelawdegree).

Montage Legal Honored with 2014 Enterprising Women of the Year Award

Enterprising Women Magazine has chosen Montage Legal Group’s co-owners/founders, Erin Giglia and Laurie Rowen, as among the winners of the 2014 Enterprising Women of the Year Awards.  They were chosen out of hundreds of nominees to receive this honor, and appear in the current issue of Enterprising Women Magazine. The annual Enterprising Women of the YearContinue Reading

OCAABA and Mommy Esquire Co-Host Family BBQ on July 19th

Come celebrate the start of summer! The Orange County Asian American Bar Association (OCAABA) and Orange County Bar Association’s Mommy Esquire are pleased to host the 5th Annual Family BBQ.  There will be a taco bar, appetizers and drinks, as well as fun for adults and little ones, including face painting and a balloon artist. Continue Reading

New Attorneys Adapt To Changing Market – Daily Journal

By Erin Giglia The legal market is changing, and law firms and law schools are changing to adapt.  In an article titled “New Attorneys to Adapt to Changing Market,” by Joshua Sebold, the Daily Journal reports that young lawyers of the future will make many lateral moves in their careers as partnership becomes increasingly difficultContinue Reading

How to Live Your Best Life – Interview with Lifestyle Expert Morgan McKean

By Erin Giglia We love stories about bright, entrepreneurial women following their dreams, but we love meeting them in person even more. We were so happy to meet Morgan McKean, a Lifestyle Expert, Mentor and author.  Her energy is simply infectious!  We knew right away that our readers would love meeting her too, and canContinue Reading

OCBF Beer and Brats Fundraiser

By Taylor Dalton Do you like tasting new beer?  Would you like to spend a summer evening with good company and a view? Then join the Orange County Bar Foundation (“OCBF”) for a beer and brats fundraiser hosted by the OCBF Associate Board and Advanced Depositions on Friday, June 27th at 5:30 p.m. on theContinue Reading

Have You Ever Wanted To Be A Law Professor?

By Laurie Rowen Many lawyers often wonder what it would be like to be a law professor.  Would it be more flexible than law firm life? Would it be challenging? How, exactly, do you become a law professor? Joanna Sax, a professor at California Western School of Law and a Montage Legal Group freelance lawyer,Continue Reading

WHW is Seeking Firms to Participate in Suits for a Cause – 2014

We are excited to announce that Suits for a Cause will again take place this June! For four years in a row, law firms have joined together to hold simultaneous clothing drives supporting WHW (Women Helping Women/Men2Work), an Orange County non-profit that provides, at no charge or obligation, comprehensive employment support services to empower disadvantaged men,Continue Reading

France’s 35-Hour Work Week? Oui. Ban on Work Email after 6 PM? Pas Vraiment.

By Kiyana Kiel Recent headlines reporting on a purported French law banning work emails after 6 PM has, once again, brought France’s labor law and policy to the forefront.  Opinions disparaging “lazy French workers” and French labor laws, including the 35-hour workweek, became pervasive and almost impossible to circumvent.  Weeding through the various reports onContinue Reading

Highlights from WHW’s “Mission Possible” Luncheon

By Erin Giglia WHW celebrated with its supporters and introduced new friends to the mission of empowering employment success at its annual gala, Mission Possible.  On April 26th, hundreds of people joined together at Newport Beach’s Island Hotel for WHW’s spy-themed Mission Possible Luncheon and Fashion Show, making the event a huge success.  Montage Legal GroupContinue Reading