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each of her children,
including two higher-
risk pregnancies that
resulted in periods
of extended leave,
Schmidt said she has
always been made to
feel she is a valuable
member of the team.
“When I asked for a
year-and-a-half o 
a er our third son,
it was given with-
out hesitation, and
with two conditions:
I come back; and I
keep the  rm’s Black-
berry to keep in touch
with my colleagues at
the  rm. A er I came
back, the  rm put to-
gether a committee to
discuss  exible work
arrangements, and
I was asked to be on
the committee.  e outcome is that since 2008 I have worked from home two days a week, sometimes more.  ose are my most produc- tive days, because I can work from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. without inter- ruptions and without commuting.”
Dorsey also o ers a sabbatical program that allows partners who have been with the  rm for 10 years or more to take 12 weeks o . “I used it during the summer of 2015 to travel around Europe with my kids. I think it’s important to be able to take some time out for family. Our work lives are really long, and there are a lot of bene ts that come with taking a break and doing the things that are important to you. As a result of Dorsey’s continual commitment to me, I feel very loyal to this organization and would do anything to help them succeed. It’s so important to feel like you’re part of something rather than a replace- able cog.”
In 2018, Schmidt was honored as Partner of the Year. With it, she re- ceived two pre-paid  ights to a destination of her choice. She will use the gi  this year to take her husband to an eco-resort in the Amazon to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary — another bene t from Dorsey that helps balance Schmidt’s working life.
Schmidt said her decision to try to have it all stemmed from a com- bination of her own childhood and her perceptions as a young solicitor starting out in Scotland. “Back in 1996 in Scotland, it appeared to me that women lawyers with children were viewed as either really good mothers, and therefore could not be such good lawyers, or really good lawyers, and therefore could not be such good mothers.  at really bothered me. When we decided to have a family, I was determined that I would not be viewed that way. I wanted to be the best parent I could be, as well as the best lawyer I could be.  ere’s no question it’s an awful lot of work to do both, for all parents. But, you only get one life, so you may as well work really hard and play really hard. I love be- ing a mother, and I love being a partner in a law  rm like Dorsey. I feel very grateful that I found a home in the U.S. and at an organization like Dorsey where I get to do both and live a life that I love.”
At a Glance
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
50 South Sixth Street, Suite 1500 Minneapolis, MN 55402
(612) 340-2600
dorsey.com
Education
Juris Doctor, William Mitchell College of Law
College of Law, London, Quali ed Lawyer’s Transfer Test
LL.M., University of Minnesota Law School
L.P., University of Aberdeen, Scotland
LL.B., University of Aberdeen, Scotland
Admissions
Scotland Minnesota
Practice Areas
Technology Commerce Banking & Financial Institutions Blockchain & Digital Assets Cybersecurity, Privacy & Social
Media
Digital Health
Emerging Companies
Energy & Natural Resources Food, Beverage & Agribusiness Healthcare
Mergers & Acquisitions Sustainability
Honors
Partner of the Year, 2018 Rising Star, Minnesota Super
Lawyers, 2008-2009
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