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New Jersey Trailblazers – Beth S. Rose

New Jersey Law Journal

August 24, 2020

Congratulations to Beth S. Rose, Chair of the Sills Cummis & Gross Product Liability Practice, Co-Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Department and leader of the Firm’s Women's Initiative, on being named one of the 2020 “New Jersey Trailblazers” by the New Jersey Law Journal. This annual award recognizes legal professionals who have made significant marks on the practice, policy and technological advancements in their sector.

The New Jersey Law Journal stated, “We are proud to spotlight a handful of individuals who are truly agents of change.”

The New Jersey Law Journal had this to say about Ms. Rose:

“Beth Rose has been a products liability lawyer since her days as a Sills Cummis summer associate more than 30 years ago.  She now chairs the practice.  Having realized as a junior lawyer that she needed to develop her own client base to avoid doing other people’s work, Rose is devoted to mentoring and speaking out about how crucial it is for female lawyers to develop business development skills. ‘Women have the ability to develop their own practice and become professionally independent in a way that they didn’t have when I started in the late 1980s.’

“Rose is no stranger to setting precedent herself.  When she was first elected to the firm’s management committee 15 years ago, she was its youngest partner and only its second woman.  She was also the first and only woman to have ever served on the firm’s compensation committee. ‘It’s important for women to have a seat at the table to point out the factors that make women good lawyers.  It may not just be rainmaking or working hard to develop a relationship with a client.’ As chair of Sills’ women’s initiative, Rose regularly organizes events to bring her female colleagues together.  ‘Women continue to face a challenging balancing act and it’s important for us to be able to openly discuss this reality.’

“COVID-19 has forced Rose to get creative with the women’s initiative meetings.  Rather than have unwieldly Zoom calls with all of the women lawyers at once, different female partners have hosted calls with smaller groups to talk about personal and professional issues, including business development matters.  ‘Moving forward, I would like to see more women promoted to partnership or other senior positions and am working on developing a more specific plan to achieve that.’”