Aliette DelPozo Rodz is a business litigation partner at Shutts & Bowen LLP, where she is Chair of the firm’s Cuba Task Force, Diversity Committee and Focus on Women Group. Aliette serves as lead trial counsel for companies involved in disputes in state and federal courts, in arbitration and before administrative agencies.
Favorite quote: Never, never, never give up. — Winston Churchill
Fun fact: I am known as “Wonder Woman” ( the Linda Carter version ?)
How do you unwind after a long day of work? I play tennis and enjoy time with my two sons, Andre and Alec. Every night during the week, we have dinner at the table at 9 p.m. or so. It is horribly late, I know, but there is no moment more valuable than this quality time. It is my time to unwind.
What challenges have you faced in your career, and how did you overcome them? While being a woman in corporate America has changed significantly for the better over the last two decades of my career, we are women building our careers still in a man’s world. One of the greatest challenges that I have faced is recognizing that I am equal to my peers and simply the other skilled professional in the room. Through time, experience and maturity, I have learned to ignore the gender differences and always be prepared to exhibit my skill, passion and dedication for my clients and the practice. This has allowed me to succeed in my profession.
What has been the most monumental moment of your career thus far? The most monumental moment in my career was becoming the first Hispanic female shareholder at Shutts & Bowen in 2010. Breaking glass ceilings is a humbling honor and a step towards paving the way for others after me to succeed. I am very proud to see others thereafter joining my ranks.
Who are your role models? I have a few role models: My role models have provided different examples of who I want to be. My mother is my moral compass, the person who taught me to stand tall/honest and on the proverbial “right side of the line” no matter what the circumstances. My colleague, Harold E. Patricoff, Esq, has taught me the business of law. He is an amazing rainmaker. Steve Gillman, Esq., another colleague of mine, has taught me the importance of attention to detail; leaving no stone unturned for the plight of our clients. I have not looked to iconic figures as role models because I believe that it is those around me who have truly shaped me in my profession.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten? Speak when you have something of substance to offer and not for the sake of hearing your own voice.
What advice would you give a young woman at the start of her career? Always respect yourself for others to do the same. Trust your instincts and never put on paper what you would not feel comfortable showing to a Judge or your mother.
How does being a woman has impacted your career?I don’t think my gender is what has impacted my career. I think my tenacity, persistence and determination has made the difference. I believe both men and women have obstacles to surpass (albeit different ones) and it is those individuals that never give up and rise to the challenge who succeed.