Joan Disler Featured as Female PowerbrokerLaw360 January 13, 2014
Joan Disler, Chair of the firm's National Employee Benefits Steering Committee, in the Newark office, was featured as a Female Powerbroker. (See attached to download the full article, or click here to read it online — subscription required.)
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Joan A. Disler is a member in Epstein Becker Green PC's Newark, N.J., office and chairwoman of the firm's employee benefits steering committee. She directs a national practice that provides strategic and practical counsel to clients on issues relating to employee benefits. Her practice focuses on all aspects of employee benefits law, including pension and welfare plans under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and the Internal Revenue Code. She counsels a broad range of clients on employee benefit issues, including advising plan committees on fiduciary issues. Disler is a co-head and co-founder of the firm's women's initiative, an executive editor of the firm's benefits litigation update, and a contributor to the firm's executive women's networking blog.
Q: How did you break into what many consider to be an old boys' network?
A: I didn't, but instead I created my own network. I recognized that I enjoyed developing personal relationships. By cultivating my own network, which included professional women, I found that women love to help other women. I also began to recognize that my professional network, which could help me advance in my practice (and my firm), was not limited to those whom I met through my practice, but also could include those whom I knew through my personal life. Previously, I believed that my personal and professional lives were separate, but when I recognized that they were related and that my personal life could help my professional life, my practice expanded and blossomed.