Lea Phillips, associate at Ballard Spahr L.L.P., is a finalist for the 2015 ATHENA Award in the Young Professional category. Click here to watch a video about the ATHENA Young Professional Finalists.

Lea Phillips is a 2015 ATHENA young professional finalist.

Lea Phillips is a 2015 ATHENA young professional finalist.

An enthusiastic and avid volunteer, associate attorney at Ballard Spahr Lea Phillips dedicates herself to service through her pro bono legal work. She works to improve educational opportunities, support victims of human rights violations, and assist families of adults with disabilities.

In addition to her pro bono work, Phillips is passionate about mentoring young women and sharing leadership advice. She developed a seminar for female law students centered on professionalism.

“It’s nice to have someone who’s been there as a woman,” Phillips said, adding that it’s also valuable to have “someone who’s been through the other side and can say ‘I’ve been there. It’s not so bad. Here’s what you need to focus on.’”

Posted by Alexie Chavez