Foley & Lardner LLP
“I find that businesses need the most help in having the confidence to step back and work on their business, rather than in it.”
— Christi Lawson
To keep answering questions, you have to keep asking them. As a trusted legal advisor and a lifelong learner, Christi Lawson of Foley & Lardner LLP is a testament to the power of embracing both.
As an advisor, Lawson is an obvious choice: Her list of accomplishments is miles long, with credits that include partner and litigation lawyer at her firm, adjunct professor at Florida State University College of Law, and chair of the board for New Image Youth Center. But it is as a lifelong learner, constantly curating her curiosity, that she knows she will keep herself and those she mentors reaching toward new knowledge, new experiences and new perspectives.
In her work at Foley’s Orlando office, her main area of practice is consumer financial services litigation. As a partner, she works to maintain a culture of appreciation for the opportunity to help clients and to learn from each new case.
“We work hard to understand our clients’ issues and forge long-term relationships with them to help them achieve successful outcomes and solve their legal issues through practical business advice and cutting-edge legal insight,” Lawson said. “Our clients view us as trusted business advisors because we understand that great legal service is valuable only if it is relevant, practical, and beneficial to their businesses.”
To stay relevant, practical, and beneficial, Lawson and her firm look for work in the community that will keep them engaged and allow them to truly give back. Foley & Lardner LLP served as a founding sponsor when the ATHENAPowerLink program’s Central Florida chapter began, and Lawson co-chairs the governing body today.
“We were proud to support an organization that supported the growth of women-owned businesses, and we are proud to continue our support of ATHENAPowerLink,” she said. “We are inspired by the sheer grit and determination of each of the ATHENAPowerLink clients.”
The program works to foster the growth of women-owned businesses by providing their leaders with a customized board of advisors for their specific needs. Lawson’s work with ATHENAPowerLink speaks to her belief in the power of women using their voices to share their ideas and ask their questions so that all continue learning.
“At Foley, diversity is both a moral imperative and a competitive advantage,” Lawson said. “Drawing on diverse perspectives, we can uncover innovative legal solutions for the most challenging business problems. Foley has established and supports a variety of initiatives that are designed to continue our commitment to the advancement of women, including our involvement in ATHENAPowerLink.”
This article appears in the July 2019 issue of i4 BUSINESS.