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Joy A. Barrist

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Joy A. Barrist

Joy A. Barrist

Joy has served as a driving force for women in the workplace by guiding the Women’s Initiatives at both Pepper Hamilton and Benesch. She has gained respect throughout the industry and has been invited to speak at regional and national conferences relating to finance and real estate, including moderating the largest commercial real estate event in Delaware each year, presented by Bisnow.

Age: 39


Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, LLP


Social media you can’t live without: Facebook for social fun and LinkedIn for business.

Your biggest break: My career success has come from many small steps in the right direction, but if I had to select one particular occurrence, it would be the opportunity to move to Benesch and start up and grow an East Coast commercial real estate practice for the firm.

Best career advice you ever got:“¯The best advice that I received very early on in my career was encouragement to get to know my peers within client organizations and develop relationships.”¯As I grew in my profession, so did these peers, who ultimately have become some of my best clients.

How you give back:“¯I share with junior associates the same advice and guidance that I was given when I started practicing law.”¯I have also found that being honest about the struggles of the practice of law, especially as a female, and working through those struggles, is extremely helpful to junior lawyers.

Your biggest challenge:”¯Hands down, managing career and motherhood.”¯I want to give each 110 percent and it’s not possible to do so on a daily basis.”¯So, the struggle is finding a balance that allows me to be a great mother, as well as a great lawyer.

Networking group you use the most:”¯ LinkedIn.”¯I have made countless business connections that have resulted in client relationships that solely stemmed from initial connections made on LinkedIn.

Work-life balance technique you recommend:”¯First, read “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg, and second, don’t judge your success in balancing work and life each day.”¯Instead, take a step back and look at the balance on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis.”¯There will be weeks where career takes priority and there will be weeks when home and children take priority.


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