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Tampa law firm names first female managing partner in 45 years

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Denise Anderson of Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP.
Denise Anderson of Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP.
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Tampa Bay law firm Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig says Denise Anderson has been named managing partner, the first woman leader in the law firm's 45 years of business.

The firm, in a statement, says the promotion "sends a clear message of empowerment to women across the legal industry."

Anderson will serve as the managing partner over all eight Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig office locations, the firm says. 

Anderson grew up with a "lawyer grandfather and a court reporter mother," so the courtroom was practically a second home, the law firm says.

"This early exposure fueled her passion for justice … and establish herself as a force in insurance defense litigation," says Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig in the statement. 

Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig says Anderson has worked for the firm for 28 years. She is chair of the Construction Litigation Practice Group. Recognized for her expertise in construction related disputes, "she skillfully navigates complex cases representing a diverse range of clients, from general contractors to manufacturers," the law firm says.

Anderson also mentors young lawyers, particularly women.

"When I joined this firm in 1995, there were few female leaders in this industry," says Anderson. "It's truly amazing to hear how my work resonates with women. But let's be clear, this isn't a one-way street. By lifting each other up, we create a wave of empowerment that carries us all forward."


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