An anniversary reflection of leaving my comfort zone to open new doors and bridge old gaps as a lawyer, entrepreneur, and woman.
Law is a profession that leaves no room for boredom. Every case is different, every day is different, and there is always something new to experience. One year after launching my firm Disan, I now know this lesson to be truer than any I’ve ever learned.
I’ve been passionate about law for as long as I can remember. I love its challenges and the creativity it demands in coming up with simple solutions to complex challenges. For years, I worked at a prestigious law firm in Washington, DC, spending my days doing what I love: collaborating with a fantastic team, working with sophisticated clients, contributing to the award-winning pro-bono culture of the firm, and working on very complex matters that sparked my interest.
After more than a decade practicing in the U.S. and Latin America, I turned down a great opportunity to join another well-known international firm in favor of opening Disan’s doors, and looking back now, I know I made the right choice. My personal and professional goals were incompatible with the traditional law firm, so I chose to forge a new path and fulfill my dream of creating a firm that reflects my vision and accommodates the modern needs of today’s international clients.
International law is a fascinating field with endless opportunities to adapt, innovate, and shape new ideas that support the changing global community. Today, we stand at pivotal point in international relations as the technology boom of the 21st century makes communication and transportation more accessible and affordable to States and businesses. Hence where creative problem solving comes into play—calling on us lawyers to build the bridges between the old and new actors who will play crucial roles on how the world connects in the future. This is where Disan is right at home.
Building Disan has been an amazing journey from day one. It is so rewarding to have created something unique out of an idea. Maybe it’s just in my nature as a mother, but nurturing the idea of Disan into the firm that it is today has been one of the riskiest leaps of faith in my life. It took an unbelievable amount of thinking and planning, and I almost didn’t go through with it for fear of leaving the comfortable spot I’d created for my career thus far. One year later, I’m so glad I did.
Disan has grown into a talented lead team backed by international consultants from diverse professional backgrounds, including economics, research, and law. We are a “people business,” meaning we’re a firm that understands the importance of the right team to produce high quality work and impeccable service. In the past year, we have broken down geographical barriers. We have helped our clients resolve complex issues. We have facilitated transactions, opened new doors for investments to and from Latin America, and developed lasting relationships with key players. Even more importantly, we continue to focus on strengthening these alliances day after day.
Moreover, we have learned that technology makes a great difference in how a company accomplishes its goals, and that talented lawyers are attracted by flexible working arrangements that suit their dynamic lifestyles. As a result, we have earned our clients’ enduring trust. They appreciate our senior lawyers’ daily hands-on approach and have experienced the difference it makes over routing work through junior associates.
As Disan enters its second year we look forward to expand our international presence. We will stay small in stature to maintain the greatest possible level of service and efficiency for our clients. We plan to foster Latin American’s businesses abroad because we understand the true potential of our region, and we aim to become a leading firm there. We also look forward to helping our clients connect with new markets in China and Spain by carefully shaping connections that will last for decades to come. To make this vision a reality, we will continue providing actionable solutions and championing good causes by focusing on hard work, making thoughtful hiring decisions and always staying true to our mission.
Reading back over this letter, I see so many mentions of “us” and “we,” which brings me great joy—to think that Disan has become a community. But before I close, I want to mention a few things that I learned as a singular “me,” and especially as an entrepreneur and business woman. In the past year, I have discovered that fear is a powerful motivator and that timing and perspective are key factors for making solid decisions. I now understand that there is no magic formula for success in business, but that providing a high-quality, highly personalized service at a fair price is always a good start. And finally, on a more personal note, I have seen firsthand the value of a supportive partner not only at home, but also in work and in your goals, in the day-to-day, and in life as a whole.
So as Disan celebrates this most meaningful anniversary, I write this on behalf of our clients, colleagues, friends, and family. Please accept my words as a token of my deepest gratitude for your support this past year. Without you, I could never have reached this important milestone, and I can’t wait to share what’s next for the future. Stay in touch by signing up for firm news and updates on our new website: disanlegal.com.
Many thanks and muchas gracias.
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