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Work Life Winner: Bowman & Brooke: Going the Extra Mile to Ensure Work Life Balance for Their Attorneys

Alana Bassin was nervous about asking her firm - Bowman & Brooke - if she could bring her baby and a nanny along with her to a trial in Texas. Turns out there was nothing to worry about -"I'm relieved you're coming to me," said the partner on the case. "Because you'll be more focused if she's with you than if she's at home and you're worried about her.'" What's more, once the trial was underway, Bassin felt comfortable bringing the baby to dinner with her colleagues, and even brought her into the war room where the team prepared for trial.

Not surprisingly, Bassin has remained loyal to the firm and is now a partner.

Such an unusual accommodation of an attorney's family needs is par for the course at Bowman & Brooke, a highly regarded product liability defense boutique with offices in 6 cities. In fact, respect for "balance" runs all the way to the top - name partner Jeff Brooke recently returned from a five year sabbatical spent sailing around the world with his wife.

Michelle Rognlien, the hiring partner at Bowman & Brooke sums up the firm's philosophy, "If we find an attorney who is a great attorney and a great fit for us, we'll do what we have to to make it work," Rognlien said. "We're open to part-time situations, remote connections from home or whatever is needed so our attorneys will have a great experience."

For setting a new standard in work life balance, JD Bliss names Bowman & Brooke a "Work Life Winner."

Read more about the firm's unique culture in an article in the Minneapolis-St.Paul Business Journal.

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