Mother-at-Law: Cravath’s First Woman Partner
May 6 (Bloomberg) — Back in the Mad Men days — 1964, to be precise — there were hardly any female lawyers at major NY firms. That’s when Christine Beshar joined prestigious white-shoe firm, Cravath, Swaine & Moore. She became the firm’s first female partner in 1971. Today, in her 80s, Beshar still works as senior counsel. Her son, Peter Beshar, is general counsel of Marsh & McLennan, one of the world’s largest insurance brokerage firms. Peter and Christine recount the story of Christine’s rise from operating a law firm switchboard to passing the bar without attending law school, and then eventually becoming the only woman partner in any corporate law firm in NY; all while managing work-life balance long before the phrase was commonly used.