S. Jeanine Conley, Esq.
New York City
While most children watched cartoons, S. Jeanine Conley preferred her mother’s favorite television shows, “Matlock” and “Perry Mason.” The efforts of the shows’ protagonists to always seek justice sparked Conley’s interest in law. Now, as the hiring partner for BakerHostetler’s New York office since 2010, she helps to make the dreams of other legal aspirants come true.
A member of the firm’s employment group, Conley practices employment law and conducts internal investigations. Prior to BakerHostetler, she was a clerk for the Honorable William G. Bassler, former judge in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. “My parents always supported my endeavors and taught me the importance of hard work,” Conley says. “[My older sister] served as a role model and gave me invaluable advice to always keep my eye on the prize and to use each obstacle along the way as a learning experience.”
Conley graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and obtained a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in 2002. Working in the male-dominant legal profession is a challenge for many women, but Conley considers herself fortunate to have had several male mentors. “There are times when male counterparts will co-opt your ideas as their own, but you have to be very direct and make sure you get the credit that you deserve,” she says.
Conley is a board member of the New York Urban League and an executive board member of The Network of Bar Leaders, and chairs the Committee on Minorities in the Profession of the New York City Bar. She advises future lawyers to be proactive in their careers. “You can’t sit back and expect things to come to you. Believe in yourself and have faith in your abilities,” she says.