Working Moms: Maureen Linch

Maureen Linch is an associate in our San Francisco office. Her practice focuses on federal income taxation. Her experience spans a wide range of transactional, structuring, and advisory tax matters affecting businesses in both the domestic and international contexts.

 What stands out about MoFo’s commitment to working mothers?

MoFo has a number of excellent policies that support working parents, and more importantly, makes it possible in practice for working parents to take advantage of them. The firm’s family leave policy is extremely generous, particularly the reduced hours expectations during the transition time prior to and upon return from leave. The availability of reduced hours arrangements — and the willingness of my colleagues to be flexible about scheduling meetings and calls — has allowed me to satisfy my work obligations and spend meaningful time with my family.

How do you balance your legal career with life outside the firm?

The primary tool that I use in balancing work and my life outside the firm is flexibility. Demands from clients can be unpredictable. I try my best to be as open as possible to changing course whenever the need arises and to use unexpected free time to play with my daughters or complete chores. More important than my own flexibility, though, is the support of my colleagues in the Tax Group, my husband, my extended family, my excellent nanny, and my good friends.

What policies and programs have proven the most beneficial in helping you manage work and family responsibilities?

Being able to work from home two days a week has been a huge help in balancing work with having two young children. I am able to pick my older daughter up from school two days a week, get errands and chores done, and play with Legos with my toddler in the afternoon when work is slow.

How does the San Francisco Working Moms Group or other support networks support lawyers who are working mothers?

It is great to have a group of other women who are going through similarly challenging experiences. Just knowing that I can reach out to them with questions or to chat is a huge help. I love our regular lunches and especially enjoy the creative events the group organizes — from book talks to manicures.

What challenges face working mothers in the legal profession?

Being a working parent requires constant multi-tasking. The expectation that as lawyers we need to be available to clients and colleagues 24/7 can make it difficult to give our children our complete attention when we are spending time with them. I’m working on trying to get better at disconnecting during times when it’s not necessary to be focused on work.