Women Of the C-Suite: “Listen to all sides before jumping into a dispute among your team”, With Kimberly P. Stein
I had the pleasure to interview Kimberly P. Stein. A long-term Las Vegas resident, Ms. Stein is a shareholder of the firm, Holley Driggs Walch and concentrates her practice on securities law, gaming law, intellectual property, civil litigation, and corporate law. Ms. Stein’s experience in banking, securities, finance, operations and law has provided her a strong business background to assist her clients on a business and legal level.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I went to law school originally to pursue a Chairperson position with the Nevada Gaming Commission, which required a law degree. But in law school, fell I love with the practice of law through the civil clinic at Boston University. If I could, I would be a full-time pro-bono attorney, which was my dream, but my finances say otherwise. But I took my background and applied it my areas of law. I love having the variety of cases day-to-day and working with my clients from start-up to watching their success. One client, for example, started with one restaurant and nightclub in New York City and today is one of the top 10 nightclub companies in the world with multiple locations and brands. I have a long-term prospective and treat my clients as a relationship, as I learned back in my banking days. I have been practicing now for over 15 years and love every day.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you began leading your company?
Representing not one, but now two cats, with getting them agents, reviewing their social media, and endorsement contracts. And yes, cats. And in creating these contracts, I had to train our newer associates.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
This is the practice of law, so every day is a learning experience. But perhaps the funniest issue was that my email auto correct always took the word use and changed it to sue. Guess I was suing too much!
What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?
That we are one of the only solely Nevada based firms, with many of us having been in Nevada since high school like myself.
Are you working on any exciting new projects now? How do you think that will help people?
Several, this is law. I now do a lot of Entertainment Law, so every day is exciting. I currently am handling a case regarding two founders against each in an 80’s rock hair band. Enforcing an artist’s rights in copyright protects people and helps the very foundation of the arts in the United States.
What advice would you give to other female leaders to help their team to thrive?
Be strong, never back down, and never cry. Remember it’s still not easy, and women still have to work harder, but women who get to leader roles, also need to help other women, not try to just hang out with the men.
What advice would you give to other female leaders about the best way to manage a large team?
No different as a women or a man, that is my advice. Treat your team with respect, reward good work and constructively criticize. But also, have fun.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
I have been so lucky in my life to have strong mentors. First, my Dad, who became President of Citibank, Nevada. Next, my first boss, was the former Governor of the state of Nevada, Kenny Guinn (may he rest in peace). From a women standpoint, Diana Bennett, a pioneer in the Gaming industry. All taught me to work hard, and continue to fight, and if you do not always get the job you want, get one as close to your field as possible.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I was Southern Nevada Pro Bono Project’s Attorney of the Month for September 2017. I continue to do pro bono legal work. And my income allows my husband and I to contribute generously to several children’s charities to help the future.
My story is everyday, and the success is seeing my associates grow and become partners.
What are your “5 Leadership Lessons I Learned From My Experience” and why. (Please share a story or example for each.)
- You have to lead by example
- Always be you, not try to be someone else
- Listen to all sides before jumping into a dispute among the team
- You are leading a team, this is not an individual sport
- My door is always open
You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-)
Involving people the most affected by legal issues and getting them assistance and a voice for the children
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
Appreciate those standing beside you for better for worst. Life is short! You’ll never know what comes next..the people you take for granted today may turn out to be the only one you need tomorrow.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
As I am too busy managing client’s social media, I have been lax, but love Buzzfeed and you can find me on Linked in