When and why did you join PWN? I joined PWN in 2016 after researching the group online and attending two luncheons as a guest. I joined because it’s a good group of women who work hard to improve their businesses and the businesses of other members.
What is your business? I am an associate attorney at Johnston, Kinney & Zulaica, LLP, with a focus in family law and trust and estate litigation.
What inspired you to join your firm? What inspired me to a be a member of a small, women-owned law firm, and what continues to inspire me, are the changes our law firm makes in individuals lives and the respect received from our community.
What do you enjoy about your work? I enjoy the people I work with and I enjoy guiding clients through difficult times in their lives.
What role does networking play in growing your business? Networking plays a big role in growing business for me by way of referral sources and by providing trusted referrals to other professionals. Very often someone with a special knowledge or skill is needed for a client, and networking allows me to tell my clients “I have a wonderful referral for you.”
What’s your favorite tip for success with networking? Follow through with your contacts. Somewhere between sending a quick email after your first meeting and sending a follow-up note or call sometime down the road I think is good. A weekly call may be too much.
How do you think being a woman in law has been more or less challenging than your male counterparts? There’ve been women lawyers and judges for many years now, however there are still challenges, most notably that the profession is still considered a so-called “boys club.” It’s a profession where many people, potential clients included, believe your sex and age indicate intelligence and knowing how to best advocate for the client.
What’s one of the most challenging situation you’ve faced in work? How your did you resolved it? Often, I deal with less than pleasant opposing parties in court, who may try to use bullying tactics in order to get the results that they want. I continue to resolve these challenges by standing up to them and putting my client’s needs first.
What do you do for fun? I enjoy cooking, singing, and exploring new places to eat.
What’s something PWN members don’t know about you? I was the first female drum major of my high school marching band in San Jose.
What are you reading? The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo.
To reach Dannielle Vogl, click here for her PWN professional listing.