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Company: Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd
Job title: Partner
1999: Partner, Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd
1994: Associate, Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd
1993: Judicial clerk for Hon. Harry D. Leinenweber, US
District Court, Northern District of Illinois
1992: Fall associate, Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd
computers, and improved internet access have made a huge
difference in the ease with which I can achieve that balance.
If you had chosen a different profession/career path, what
would it have been?
When I graduated from college, I chose to attend law school
rather than to pursue an advanced degree in English literature.
If I had chosen differently, I would have tried to translate my
love of reading into a career, perhaps by becoming an editor
at a publishing house with a focus on novels.
Teresa Snider graduated from law school in 1992, worked
at Butler Rubin as an associate in the fall of 1992, and
then served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Harry D.
Leinenweber in the Northern District of Illinois in 1993.
She returned to Butler Rubin in 1994 as an associate, was
elected to partnership effective January 1, 1999, and has
served on the firm’s management committee from 2004 to
Why did you choose to work in this industry?
It was pure happenstance. The first case that I was assigned
to as an associate was a reinsurance arbitration. I enjoyed
learning about the industry, investigating the facts in the
underlying dispute, and using those facts in the context of
industry custom and practice to present our client’s case
persuasively. We succeeded in the arbitration and I decided
to focus my career on reinsurance matters.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
The highlight of my career was helping a client with a complex
bet-the-company problem that required a comprehensive
strategy spanning multiple jurisdictions. Over the course of
eight years, we coordinated with two other law firms and a
team of barristers to ensure our legal theories were consistent,
and that everyone understood the procedural and substantive
status of each court case and arbitration. All the hard work
paid off with a very successful result for our client.
What has been the biggest challenge you have encountered?
The biggest challenge I have encountered is the amount of
travel that I do for work. Balancing the demands of client
work with serving as one of the managing partners of the
firm and also with home life is all the more difficult if you
are on the road many weeks during a year. Cellphones,
“Balancing the demands of client work
with serving as one of the managing
partners of the firm and also with home
life is all the more difficult if you are on
the road many weeks during a year.”
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