Clifford E. Barnes, a Member of the Firm in the Health Care and Life Sciences practice in the firm's Washington, D.C., and New York offices, was featured in Law360’s Minority Powerbrokers Q&A series.

Following is an excerpt:

Q: How did you break the glass ceiling in the legal industry?

A: It takes a great deal of patience and persistence, and a huge amount of confidence to succeed in the legal industry. Patience is needed to work on leads, to follow up on meetings, and to allow opportunities to unfold. Persistence is needed to appropriately connect with and develop opportunities over time. Confidence is needed to overcome all obstacles and find opportunity in all circumstances. The confidence of which I speak is different from ego. My confidence is spiritually based and it enables me to look past the slights and unconscious behaviors of individuals that still see color as a predetermining factor in evaluating one’s ability and talent.

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