Freeborn & Peters LLP’s Women's Leadership Council (WLC) was established in 2007 to provide professional development, marketing support, networking opportunities and mentoring to our female associates and partners. 

The Women’s Leadership Council (“WLC”) promotes the development and advancement of our women attorneys, advocates the marketing efforts of our women attorneys, and focuses on the recruitment and retention of women attorneys.

The WLC aims to support women at Freeborn through: 

  • Connections to other women attorneys, internally and externally, through events, panels, and seminars
  • Sponsorship and mentorship that advance women in their careers
  • Recruiting and retention of female attorneys  
  • Support of marketing and networking efforts 
  • Resources aimed at developing our women attorneys into leaders within the firm and the legal community

 To achieve these goals, the WLC has formed committees focused on issues relating to public relations and marketing, attorney integration and mentoring, social activities, and professional development:

  • Public Relations and Marketing – The Marketing Committee of the WLC presents women attorneys with opportunities to expand and strengthen their personal and professional networks beyond the firm. Our semi-annual events welcome women clients and friends of the firm to join us for gatherings including presentations by women entrepreneurs, wellness events, and more, which promote the development of relationships with other professional women. Due to COVID-19, these events have shifted to a virtual format, including a virtual escape room and meditation classes. Additional virtual events will take place throughout 2021.
  • Attorney Integration and Mentoring – As Freeborn continues to grow across all of its offices, it is even more important that the women work to ensure that its members are fully integrated within the WLC, the firm, and its practice groups.  The Integration and Mentoring committee works to do exactly that to provide visibility, collaboration and support to and among each office and WLC member.
  • Social – Freeborn’s women attorneys work within all Practice Groups of the firm. The Social Committee of the WLC recognizes that working together is not necessarily the same as spending quality time together, and therefore provides women attorneys with planned social events in order to facilitate relationships outside of work.   
  • Professional Development – Freeborn appreciates that women attorneys face a variety of unique challenges. The Professional Development Committee of the WLC works in tandem with the Management Committee, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and Practice Group Leaders to embrace these diverse perspectives while encouraging, mentoring and advancing women associates and partners within the firm. The firm currently has four women Practice Group Leaders and strives for continued inclusion of women in leadership roles.

These WLC initiatives have dynamically advanced the professional development of women practicing at Freeborn – successfully enhancing their careers and sculpting their skills to become leaders both in the legal industry as well as role models within the community. The Council is run by elected Co-Chairs serving two-year terms. Partners Kimberly A. Beis and Erin McAdams Franzblau were elected in January 2021.

Kimberly A. Beis
Partner
(312) 360-6767
[email protected]

Meet the WLC

Amanda Keller, Associate

Litigation | Insurance & Reinsurance 

Describe what you work on in your typical work week:  My favorite part of working at Freeborn is that no two weeks are alike.  I may spend one week devoted to document review and document production and another preparing motions and performing legal research.  I have spent other weeks working on patent review and comparison assignments or analyzing strategy and tactics for moving cases involving areas of law unfamiliar to me. This variety keeps things interesting and I enjoy the ability to handle such a wide-ranging practice.  

What advice would you give a woman interested in the legal profession or starting out in her career as an attorney? (1) Be true to yourself, (2) don’t be afraid to speak up and stand up for yourself when necessary, and (3) no matter what, make time for the things you enjoy and those you love.   

Are you involved in any outside organizations? If so, which ones?  Outside of the office, I am involved in the Hillsborough County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.  I was recently sworn in as the Secretary for the Board of Directors for the Young Lawyers Division for the second year in a row.  I enjoy working with board members on a variety of issues plaguing young lawyers and developing diversity and inclusion initiatives as well as ways we can help lawyers with mental health and wellness issues.  Through my work on the Board, I have been fortunate to volunteer at organizations across the Bay area that help those in need, including Feeding Tampa Bay and Metropolitan Ministries.  I am also working with the Hillsborough Education Foundation and hosting an event in July to collect donations for the upcoming school year for students in Hillsborough County who cannot afford school supplies and other school necessities.  

What was your favorite COVID hobby or new-found interest? I started smoking meats and joined a boat club during COVID.  I love trying out new recipes on the smoker and learning the techniques for smoking different cuts of meat.  I have designated Saturdays as “Smoke Saturdays” and have quite the cult following in my neighborhood for my grilled jerk wings and smoked brisket.  I also enjoy boating during my free time and fishing the flats, mangroves, and reefs in Tampa Bay.  I am working my way through a list of inshore and offshore species and hope to be able to host a fish fry with my catches soon.