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Beth Alquist, Top 25 Women in Business 2022 Honoree

Beth Alquist Employer: Day Pitney Title: Litigation Department Chair Check out all of the WIB honorees here!
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From her days as a Division 1 Academic All-American basketball player to becoming a trial attorney, Beth Alquist has long been a standout on and in the court. She built her practice from scratch in what was a newly formed intellectual property group. She represents diverse clients in patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, noncompetition and technology-related disputes in federal and state courts, as well as before the International Trade Commission, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Q: What’s been your biggest professional accomplishment so far?

Becoming a trusted advisor to clients. Winning a significant motion, hearing or trial is certainly what we do (and what I love to do) but at the base, the accomplishment is the confidence a client has placed in us to handle their important matters.

Q: What’s the next big goal you want to accomplish professionally?

As the new litigation department chair at Day Pitney, I plan to leverage technology to continue to foster teamwork amongst our approximately 100 trial lawyers. Welcoming new team members and getting to know each other better professionally and personally will only make us a stronger team.

Q: What’s one of the biggest professional challenges you’ve overcome?

Without too many female role models to learn from, I built a practice from scratch, which was difficult, scary and incredibly satisfying. Although gregarious, I was not comfortable at first developing business and making the ‘ask’ for clients to send matters to me.

Q: How has the COVID-19 pandemic forced you to adapt as a leader?

Because interactions don’t happen by chance at the office anymore, we all had to be more intentional in creating interactions with our teams. We used to take it for granted, but a short call just to ask ‘how are you’ can be so meaningful in building teams.

Q: What are your keys to maintaining business success?

Spending time with my husband and our three daughters, whether traveling, golfing or just walking our dog. Our daughters teach us so much through their interests and compassionate viewpoints, and manage to keep us laughing throughout the journey.

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