Q&A profile discusses his leadership experience and impact as Chairman, Midwest, of the Firm.
Craig C. Martin, Chairman, Midwest, was profiled in “How I Made It to Firm Leadership,” a Law.com series spotlighting the industry’s notable leaders and their guidelines for success.
In the Q&A profile, Craig discussed his career development as a litigator, leadership mindset and his path to Willkie, where he has overseen the launch of the Firm’s Chicago office and its growth at the forefront of the market. Since opening the office in 2020, Craig has succeeded in attracting top attorneys, with a particular focus on diverse talent, and ensuring that up-and-coming lawyers get every opportunity to do important and sophisticated work.
“I’m proud that today, Willkie Chicago has about 60 lawyers focused on clients’ most important strategic, economic and reputational matters,” Craig said. “We’ve been deliberate in our commitment to having a diverse workplace and are proud of the fact that more than half of our partners are women, and nearly one-third of our associates are racially diverse.”
The article also focused on Craig’s approach to leadership and fostering a culture of success. In addition to helping clients achieve their business goals and his colleagues flourish in their careers, Craig is dedicated to strengthening the community and giving back through pro bono advocacy.
“Recognize that leadership is a responsibility, not a title.” Craig told Law.com. “You don’t just vault up to firm leadership. Start by taking smaller roles and work your way up. Get experience, volunteer, raise your hand and demonstrate leadership at multiple levels throughout an organization.”
Additionally, Craig noted the greater role that law firms and lawyers have in society, stressing not only the need to “pay forward” through community service but also by promoting the rule of law and access to justice.
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