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Brett Ingerman

Managing Partner, Baltimore Office
DLA Piper

Brett Ingerman advises young people interested in becoming lawyers to make sure they have fun. 

“Being a lawyer is hard work. It requires long hours, tireless preparation, and outstanding client service,” Ingerman said. “So find moments to make it fun. Whether it is with your colleagues, your clients or even a judge with a sense of humor, be sure to enjoy what you are doing.” 

Ingerman, a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law and Tufts University, has been managing partner of the Baltimore office for five years, with a total of 26 years at the firm. 

Ingerman’s father and grandfather were both attorneys and he remembers organizing files for his father on Saturday mornings. He wanted to work with some of the largest companies in the world and set the goal to work for a law firm himself. 

He worked with Sen. George Mitchell to conduct an independent investigation into the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing substances in Major League Baseball, in a report released in 2007. 

He thinks the biggest challenge facing the legal community today is how to safely and effectively return to the office because a positive and supportive culture is so important for lawyers. 

“The challenge for those of us who manage will be to create a work environment that allows the flexibility to work from anywhere, but also maintains the inter-personal relationships that drive a positive work environment,” Ingerman said.