Stacey Slaughter appreciates the comforts and connections of home. While the Robins Kaplan attorney spends a lot of time in courtrooms across the country litigating complex financial cases, she still relies on her connections here in Hennepin County.
"When you have a national practice, sometimes you're practicing in courts all across the nation, but it still helps to be part of a community where you’re from,” she said.
It’s evident that Stacey Slaughter has become a trusted authority on matters related to financial litigation. She has delivered speeches all over the country and been cited in numerous periodicals and news stories. Even though she has this national recognition, she makes sure to remain active locally.
Afters serving as co-chair of the business and securities section, Slaughter became chair this year, taking over for Larry Bakken. She wants to continue to provide opportunities for lawyers to connect.
“I think it's partly a lost art, really. Being able to be a part of the Hennepin County Bar Association gives me an opportunity to actually come face-to-face with other bar members and meet other people in the community,” she said.
According to Slaughter, building those sorts of relationships is important for getting new business as well as becoming a more successful lawyer. “No one knows what I do if I don't have a presence here. I think that will help. If there is a complex business or securities litigation matter, then people will know who to call. Call Stacey Slaughter, she knows that kind of stuff,” she said.
As chair, she has worked on developing more social events for section members. This included a successful co-CLE/social with the Civil Litigation section that featured two judges.
Becoming active with the bar association is another great way to get noticed locally.
“I think very well-developed lawyers who are experienced, and the ones I know who get good referral business, are very active with their group of people who they network with and know who to refer to,” she said.
“One of the things I've encouraged others to do is to speak at a Hennepin County Bar Association CLE. It's a great way to get your name out there and a great way to be associated with a particular practice area,” she said.
While Slaughter loves working in the courtroom, she acknowledges that connecting with others is a pivotal part of the job.
“One of the things that I see with newer attorneys is they don't develop that part of their practice,” she said. ”They shouldn't neglect that piece of it.”