Chambliss Managing Partner Talks About Firm's Stability and Future in Interview
June 6, 2012
Chattanooga, TN--Dana Perry, president and managing partner at Chambliss, Bahner and Stophel, recently told Of Counsel: The Legal Practice and Management Report, why she's stayed at the firm for 24 years, the same firm where she began her legal career as a summer clerk.
"The ethical standards at the firm have always been at the highest level," said Perry. "We've never taken the approach, 'We can get by with this.' Instead, it has always been, 'We have to hold ourselves to the highest standard in how we deal with clients and adversaries.' So I've always felt that I've been at a place that's very professional and has the client's best interest at heart."
In the April 2012 issue of Of Counsel, Perry said the legal marketplace is changing dramatically and Chambliss has to be flexible in its approach to creating a firm environment that works.
"One important characteristic of our culture is leadership. Our attorneys make sure everyone has an equal opportunity to perform and advance. The firm is very diverse and has cultivated an open culture where people with ability can grow and develop quickly."
Perry said Chambliss will remain anchored in and committed to Chattanooga.
"My goal in the next five to 10 years, from our home base in Chattanooga, is to be sure we are strong and competitive and that we have implemented business practices to serve our clients at a very high level. We're going to be here long-term and maintain ourselves as a healthy, diverse, and successful law firm."