We’re spotlighting emerging leaders in Boston law to highlight the work they do, their legal careers thus far, and their connection to the larger Boston legal community. We caught up with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Partner Lyndsey Stults to learn more about her growing practice in commercial litigation, her advice to new lawyers in Boston, and more. Check out the full interview below:
Boston Bar Association: What inspired you to become a lawyer, and specifically, with your focus in commercial litigation?
Lyndsey Stults: Candidly, I never would have guessed I would be in this position if you asked me 10-15 years ago. I went to law school with an interest in social justice and a strong research background. Along the way, I found that litigation brought a certain challenge and pace that I thrived in. My career path went a different way in some respects, but I still find time and support to work on meaningful matters.
BBA: What advice would you give to new lawyers entering the profession?
Lyndsey: Don’t be afraid to try something new and make and maintain connections. The beginning stages of your legal career are the best time to gain exposure to various areas of the law. I was surprised by my interest in areas that I never thought would appeal to me. Even more importantly, engage with your colleagues. Whether you work with someone on a daily basis or once a year, those connections matter.
BBA: What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Lyndsey: Building a career and foundation for my family. In terms of legal accomplishments, one of my proudest moments stemmed from a pro bono case in which I assisted a young client obtain Special Immigrant Juvenile status through the state court system. Since then, this young man graduated high school, enrolled in college classes, obtained a driver’s license, and works full time. I am so proud of what he’s accomplished and excited to see what the future holds.
BBA: What do you enjoy most about your job?
Lyndsey: The people. Nelson Mullins is a law firm of more than 1,000 attorneys and professionals and yet, I have not met a single person I have not liked. I feel surrounded and supported by a network of intelligent and kind humans.
BBA: What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced in the legal profession. What did you do to overcome them?
Lyndsey: I think there is a lot of work to do in terms of gender equity in the field. More women are entering law school than ever. Law firms are hiring female associates, but they aren’t retaining or promoting them at the same rate. We need to do better.
BBA: Is there anything else we should know about you?
Lyndsey: I am a former college athlete. A lot of the lessons learned as a member of the University of New Hampshire volleyball team have carried over into my legal career. Now, most of my athleticism shines through in the form of a long walk. I also completed the certificate program in Wine Studies at Boston University a few years ago. I haven’t figured out how to tie that one into my legal work, but there’s still time.