DBT40 Honoree: Martina Tyreus Hufnal of Fish & Richardson

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AGE: 37
TITLE: Principal
COMPANY: Fish & Richardson
WORKS IN: Wilmington

What the nominator said:

“Martina has earned the respect of clients and peers alike through her sheer technical smarts, persistence and preparation. When she walks into a room (and courthouse), she commands authority with her calm, confident demeanor and preparedness, which she believes is the path
to greatness.”

Social media platform you can’t live without:

Facebook

Biggest break:

“Getting a job with Judge Robinson as a law clerk at the District Court for the District of Delaware my first year out of law school. The position is a prestigious one, distinguishing me from all the other graduating law students. Having that experience on my resume has helped over and
over again in my professional career.”

Two words that best describe you:

Insightful and tenacious

Work/life balance technique you recommend:

“One simple, daily routine I try to live by is leaving my cell phone in my purse when I get home from work and not pulling it out until after the kids are in bed. I put in the time necessary for work, whether it is early in the morning, during the work day, or later in the evening, but when I get home I give myself two to three hours to be truly present with my family.”

Your advice for the next generation:

“Work hard, surround yourself with others who work hard, and inspire others to work hard, too.”

In one sentence, define success:

“To me, life is full of steps and each step, once mastered, should be considered a success. My definition of success is identifying your goals for the next two years, setting a plan to achieve each goal, and then ultimately achieving the goals. Then repeat.”

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