Illinois State Bar Association’s The Catalyst Interviews Attorney Gladys Proa Santana
Attorney Gladys Proa Santana was interviewed by fellow colleague Margie Komes Putzler in the Illinois State Bar Association's Standing Committee on Women and the Law's newsletter, The Catalyst. The “Getting to Know” feature describes how she got to where she is today while acknowledging those who influenced her along the way. Gladys gives special acknowledgment to one of the first attorneys she met shortly after becoming a lawyer - Meyers & Flowers Partner Ryan P. Theriault.
“He is a talented lawyer who is ambitious, witty, funny, honest, and generous with his time, which is a most valuable commodity in the legal field (and in life!). Having been a first-generation attorney who came from a working immigrant family, Gladys did not have the luxury of family or friends who were lawyers to teach her the ropes. She had Ryan. He taught her practical skills, opened her eyes to opportunities she did not know existed and has allowed her to share in his triumphs and successes. She said that Ryan Theriault has undoubtedly impacted the trajectory of her career and has pushed her to be a better lawyer.”
Gladys then goes on to share her words of wisdom to new lawyers in the field, “jump in, headfirst, into expanding your network,” she explains. “When you graduate law school, you quickly realize that law school taught you how to think like a lawyer but did not actually teach you how to be a lawyer. As a result, in the first few months and years of being admitted to practice law, new attorneys tend to focus on learning their area of practice and tend to forget about the importance of networking. Get out, talk to people, meet other lawyers, make connections. Hard work alone is not enough to make you excel as a lawyer. Consistently working on expanding your network is key and you will be a better lawyer because of it.”
Read the entire “Getting to Know: An Interview With Gladys Proa Santana” by Margie Komes Putzlier, click here.
Attorney Gladys Proa Santana is regarded as a dedicated and experienced advocate for clients whose lives have been tragically altered by defective medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs, workplace injuries, and automobile accidents. With a focus on work in the area of complex mass tort litigation, Gladys has represented thousands of clients in her relentless fight to hold corporations accountable for reprehensible conduct that too often results in irreparable harm to people across the country. Since joining Meyers & Flowers in 2012, she has helped foster the growth of the pharmaceutical and medical devices litigation departments and has headed several litigation dockets at the firm, including Paraquat Actos, Pradaxa, IVC Filter, Taxotere, Talcum Powder, and Tobacco litigations.
Gladys has been a dedicated member of the Illinois State Bar Association for 9 years working to promote improvements in the administration of justice. She currently serves as a member of their Diversity Leadership Council as well as the Civil Practice & Procedure Section Council. For the past four years, Gladys has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers. Additionally, she has been named a “Top 40 Under 40 Civil Plaintiff Attorney” by The National Trial Lawyers and honored as the “10 Best” in client satisfaction by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.
Congratulations on the well-deserved recognition, Gladys!