June Member Spotlight - Jennifer Corso

Jennifer A. Corso
Business: Partner
Petronzio Schneier Co., LPA

Q: Tell us about your business:
A:  I am an attorney who specializes in representing small businesses in employment law matters.  My job really is a mix between being an outside human resource manager and giving legal advice and counsel to my clients.  A good part of my work is proactive - making sure my clients take steps that reduce the risk of employee lawsuits.  Things like employee handbooks, employee & supervisor training, paying wages correctly, and knowing how to keep little problems from blowing up.  The other part of my job is more reactive or defense - helping clients respond to employee complaints, lawsuits, workers' comp claims, etc.  I have clients in a diverse array of industries - from restaurants to health care to manufacturing and even other law firms.

Q: What inspired you to start your own business?
A:  I call myself the unintentional entrepreneur.  To be honest, I never planned on being self-employed, but was one of many victims of the economy back in 2009.  Lawyers, like everyone else, were being laid off in droves.  I took advantage of the situation - taking five weeks to travel through Thailand and Cambodia - then came back and started my own practice.  This really was a "necessity is the mother of invention" situation, and I had to re-invent myself to not just be an attorney, but a business owner.  Or maybe it was just fate smacking me upside the head and putting me where I was really meant to be all along. 

Q: Share an interesting or little known fact about you or your company:
A:  Although I am a partner in a firm, Petronzio Schneier Co., we are actually all independent attorneys.  Our arrangement gives us our own autonomy of being a business owner, but gives us all the benefits of working alongside other attorneys who complement our practice.  It really is the best of both worlds.  And, women make up 70% (7 out of 10) of the attorneys in our firm, so we don't see the issues female attorneys face in "traditional" firms.

Q: How long have you been involved with NAWBO?
A:  I've been a member since August 2009 - I am not exaggerating when I say my NAWBO membership was the first check I wrote upon starting my own practice.  But I was what I call a NAWBO "groupie" for at least five years prior to that, organizing joint networking events between the Ohio Women's Bar Association and NAWBO, and attending NAWBO events whenever I could.

Q: What do you like most about being a NAWBO member?
A:  The camaraderie and support of NAWBO members, women who have been there/done that and are not just willing but happy to share their experiences and help others.  We - successful women business owners - are like a turtle on a fence post... we certainly didn't get there alone!


 

 

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