Many members of our trial consulting and expert witness teams at IMS are not visible on the front lines of the war room or the courtroom, but they play a major role in ensuring our clients’ success. In Feature 3 of our International Women's Day series, you will meet Colleen Cochran, Becki Bowers, and Sarah Lee. These three professionals perfectly represent our motto #togetherwewin.
Colleen Cochran, JD
Q: Why did you choose a career in the legal services industry?
A: I wasn’t aware of the legal services field early on in my career. I was a writer and editor for newspapers and magazines for over twenty years, and I noticed that some of the most successful writers were those who specialized in a particular subject matter. So at 40, which coincidentally was the same year I had my first child, I entered law school, with the hopes that I could specialize in writing about legal topics. My sister, who is an attorney, introduced me to the legal services field.
Q: What are some challenges you experienced as a woman in your field?
A: It’s tricky for women to balance career and family responsibilities. But we’re tough, and we’re darn good at handling both. The pandemic has been an especially tricky time for all of us, women and men, because we’ve had to intermix work life and home life, and many of us have kids at home. The fact that we have successfully maintained both facets of our lives is a testament to our adaptability and dedication.
Q: Of the many women throughout history who broke down gender stereotypes who do you admire most and why?
A: Everyone has some amazing female ancestors that came before them, and International Women’s Day is the perfect occasion to celebrate and honor them. Our female forebears had fewer opportunities and freedoms than do women today, and it is because they weathered those challenges to successfully that we, their ancestors, have flourished. One of the women I admire in my own family history is my great+ grandmother who came to America in the early 1700s. Her husband died on the sea journey, which left her having to fend for herself and her eight kids in a new land. Somehow, she ensured each one of them not only survived but went on to thrive.