Evan Goldfarb has dedicated her career to supporting both the business community and women. At Thompson Coburn, she co-chairs the firm’s Health Care practice group, serving as an adviser to hospitals and health systems, nursing care facilities and other health industry giants. She has also started a program to improve recruitment and retention of women at Thompson Coburn.
What are your proudest career accomplishments?
One of my proudest career accomplishments is my work with other women partners at Thompson Coburn back in 2007 to create our firm’s women’s initiative program known as Total Commitment. Through this program, we have developed an inclusive and supportive environment at the firm for our women attorneys. I also am proud to have been appointed as the first woman partner at Thompson Coburn to serve on the firm’s seven-member Executive Committee. Having the honor to help so many of the firm’s health care clients to accomplish their mission of providing high quality health care to the communities they serve also makes me proud on a daily basis.
What inspired you to get involved in the public service or justice system?
My parents’ deep commitment to volunteering their services throughout my childhood – including my dad’s roles as President of the Jewish Community Center and Allocations Chair for Jewish Federation and my mom’s volunteer work at Reproductive Health Services – taught me from an early age the importance of giving back to the community.
What is the best advice you have given or received?
I will always treasure the lessons I learned from my mentor Jim Gunn to be a collaborative leader, constantly focused on providing excellent legal services for our clients, and always keeping in mind the need to conduct yourself with integrity and compassion.
What is something that would surprise people about you?
I just returned from spending five days in Cancun with 50 high school seniors. Not my usual scene, but they showed me a good time.
When you were growing up, what did you want to be?
Anything other than a lawyer. With everyone in my family convinced that my destiny was to be a lawyer just like my dad, I fought it for years. But during my senior year at Cornell University, I decided to apply to law school.