Patricia B. Jefferson
Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
In the specialized legal world of bankruptcy law, Patricia Jeffersonian is one of Maryland’s stars.
In this year’s edition of Best Lawyers in America, the principal at the Baltimore law firm of Miles & Stockbridge was named one of the nation’s top lawyers for bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights, insolvency and reorganization law and bankruptcy litigation.
She also is president-elect of the Bankruptcy Bar Association of Maryland.
Asked about the key to her success, Jefferson cites her ability to empathize with others.
“Lawyers often have a bad reputation as cold, impractical and hard to relate to and talk to,” she said. Noting that a large part of a lawyer’s job involves talking, she added, “I’ve found it serves us all well to spend a little more time listening.”
Jefferson has been a board member of the Chesapeake Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association, a nonprofit organization that works to save troubled businesses, since 2010, and recently took over as president.
Her proudest professional accomplishment has been boosting the involvement and prominence of women in that organization, which, she said, was known as an old boys’ club when she first joined, and “not particularly welcoming or easy to break into for young female professionals.”
“I’ve spent the last 10 years working to change that,” she added. “I’m proud to say that more than half our current board members are women.”
As a female bankruptcy attorney, Jefferson said, she believes she has made that path “a little bit easier, or at least better trodden, for some of the new female bankruptcy lawyers coming behind me.”