10-25-2020 Women to Watch - Flipbook - Page 19
NANCY WHITEMAN GREENE
48, chairman of Miles & Stockbridge
As a mother of ve and rst woman to
lead the nearly 90-year-old law rm, Nancy
Whiteman Greene’s determined to make a
demanding profession more family-friendly. No one should choose between being a
successful lawyer and good parent, she said.
“My whole goal in being chairman is to
make people feel like they aren’t having to
make that choice,” she said.
An accomplished real estate lawyer, she
handles complex deals for hundreds of millions of dollars. Greene represents big banks
nancing new shopping malls, ofce parks
and hotels. Her work includes the Annapolis Towne Centre, her rst big deal, and the
Sagamore Pendry hotel.
Greene has been a steady hand during
the uncertainty of recent months, said John
Frisch, the former chairman.
“She has a presence that is very centered,” he said. “She cares deeply about
her family, and she cares deeply about her
Greene wasn’t sure she wanted to lead
the second-largest law rm in Maryland.
Beyond her commitment to her real estate
law practice, she cooked the dinners at their
Severna Park home and drove one son to
“I just didn’t know how I was going to be
able to do it,” she said.
Her husband, a Miles & Stockbridge lawyer too, took up the duties (her Christmas
gift to him: a cookbook). Greene promised
her son never to miss a swim meet. She
marked such events on her ofce calendar,
wanting staff to see her priorities. Even before the coronavirus, she encouraged exible hours. Her advice to young lawyers: Pick
a good spouse.
“Someone who’s going to support what
you want as well as you’re going to support
As Greene shepherds the rm through
the pandemic, she’s convened support
groups for parents. She wants them to know
they’re not alone. After all, the chairman
who handles million-dollar deals found herself breaking down while trying to log her
10-year-old into classes online.
“I sympathize a great deal with what all
of my colleagues and employees are going
— Tim Prudente
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