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Women of Waller: Flynne Dowdy

Today for Women’s History Month, we are sharing our recent interview with Waller associate Flynne Dowdy.

Flynne is a Dallas, Texas native. She attended Howard University before earning her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 2013.

She is a part of our Labor and Employment Group where she helps clients resolve labor and employment matters and helps train human relations professionals with issues regarding hiring, employment, discipline and termination.  


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Tell us a little about what you do at Waller.

I am an associate in the Labor and Employment Group. I represent employers in the healthcare, retail, manufacturing, hospitality and technology industries in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies. I work with our clients to resolve labor and employment matters including allegations of harassment, discrimination, retaliation and wrongful discharge. I also provide advice, counsel and training to management and HR professionals to help them navigate issues in hiring, employment, discipline and termination.

What do you find most rewarding about your job?

I enjoy thinking creatively to help clients resolve novel or complex legal and personnel issues. Working collaboratively with management and HR provides an opportunity to help prevent litigation and protect the client’s most valuable asset: their workforce.

Do you feel that women in your career are represented accurately and/or often enough in media?

I think that women are more represented than we ever have been in the legal field, but there is still more work to be done. I would like to see more women partners and general counsel because we bring unique perspectives to the workforce and to the world. Oftentimes, there are stereotypes associated with being a woman lawyer, and I want to work against those to show that there is a place for all women lawyers, no matter their background or career path.

Did anyone inspire your career path? This could be anyone. A family member, teacher, someone you saw on a TV show that made you stop and think “Wow, I could do that.”

I grew up surrounded by inspiring and professional women who were doctors, lawyers, judges, entrepreneurs and so much more. They definitely inspired me to be who I am today. As a graduate of Howard University, there are so many women who paved the path for me including: Kamala Harris, Phylicia Rashad (aka “Claire Huxtable”), and Charlotte E. Ray, the first Black woman lawyer in the United States.

Tell us about a woman you find inspiring. This could be someone you know and love, a celebrity, someone in your field that you admire, etc.

All working moms inspire me! It is a hard job and I am always amazed at how we keep all the balls in the air while working hard at our jobs and being good mothers to our children. I am most inspired by my own mom, who works in IT and project management. Despite having a busy schedule at work and in the community, she always made sure to prioritize her family.

Are there any stereotypes about women that you would like to speak about? This could be something you disagree with, a stereotype you wish wasn’t as relevant as it is, something that you agree with and would like more people to recognize.

There are several stereotypes about women that I wish didn’t exist. The most prominent one is that we don’t deserve to be in positions of power in male dominated spaces. To combat these sorts of stereotypes, I always make it a point to voice my opinion and advocate for myself and what I believe in.

Did you have a mentor or confidant to help you navigate your career or a particular challenge you’ve faced? Tell us about them.

Yes, I have several people who I consider to be mentors. All except for one are women lawyers who have navigated the growing pains of being a young professional. They always provide sound advice and let me know of opportunities that will advance my career.

For mothers, how do you balance your career and being a mother?

I manage being a lawyer and a mom by setting boundaries and partnering with my husband. I always try to remember that I have a little girl who is watching everything I do. She inspires me to work hard, but to also remember that spending time with her is just as important if not more.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received in your career?

Chart your own path. I don’t know that I received this advice or if I made it my own mantra. It’s important to know that your career might not look like the next woman’s, but you should make it your own and take it in the direction that you want it to go.

Do you have any advice for young women at the beginning of their careers?

1. Work hard and establish a good reputation.

2. Find a mentor.

3. Make decisions based on what you need, not just what other people want.

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