Susan Style began her career as a paralegal doing product liability defense work. A few years in, she interviewed for a position at Robins Kaplan and, 28 years later, is still with its Mass Tort Department.
Her favorite part of working on the plaintiff’s side? The clients. “They need to feel well taken care of, and my role is to help make their cases run as smoothly as possible.” Style makes a point of being accessible and available. “I get a lot of satisfaction talking to clients, and helping them move their matters along.”
When the firm decided to open its New York City office in 2010, Style planned to be there for a couple of weeks to help the attorneys get the office set up. She ended up staying three months to help the attorneys prepare for a hearing in an area of law that was new to her. “You put your nose down and get it figured out,” Style says. “It was a very rewarding experience and I wouldn’t have traded it.”
Gary Wilson, a partner in the department, sees two standout virtues in Style, with whom he has worked for over 25 years. “First, she is tireless. She always gets what needs to be done, even if at first it seems like an impossible task for anyone. Second, she keeps her cool under the toughest circumstances.”
Tara Sutton, the department head, notes that Style “is simply great at training and leading our newbies, whether paralegals or young attorneys. Her straightforward and low-key manner make her one of the most highly respected paralegals in our firm.
Style appreciates the opportunities she has had at Robins Kaplan. “The firm takes care of their people as well as their clients,” she observes, “making sure we have the tools we need to service our clients. It’s a great place to work.”