Location: Florham Park, NJ
Industry: Professional services
Sandra Brown Sherman
“We wanted to be masters of our own destiny and to be able to exercise some entrepreneurial control over the running of our business,” says Sandra Brown Sherman, partner at Sherman Wells Sylvester & Stamelman LLP. “We realized that law firms need to become more nimble in their ability to communicate and deliver services to clients, and that some aspects of the older and more traditional law-firm model were becoming obsolete.” For example, Sherman Wells opted for smaller, identically sized offices for everyone.
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“Anyone who starts a successful business will tell you that the commitment has to be more than 100 percent, and they are absolutely right,” says Sherman. “That means you must have your family and other people close to you committed in their own ways to your new venture. I received wonderful support from my family, and I don’t really know how I could have weathered the transition from being a partner in a large law firm to being one of the founders and leaders of a new venture … without them.”
Sherman Wells provides pro-bono legal services to several organizations. “We regularly contribute to local charities, and we have a particular interest in supporting arts-related charities,” says Sherman. “I think it’s important for any business to show its concern for its community by visibly giving support in terms of time and money to causes that can improve the community.”