We’re celebrating women in legal tech and shining a spotlight on Sabina Pincus, Esq., Senior Solutions Consultant at Assembly Legal.
Sabina started her career as a practicing attorney in Texas and gained significant litigation experience prior to changing career paths. We sat down with Sabina to hear more about her story.
How did you get started in the legal industry?
I was born in Minsk, Belarus, and moved to the US when I was nine years old. My version (and perhaps even more so, my family’s version) of achieving the American Dream was to become one of three things: doctor, lawyer, or engineer. I initially went the medicine route by studying pre-med in college, but quickly realized I don’t have the stomach for it. Law seemed like the natural choice because I’ve always been a problem solver, critical thinker, and a bit of a debater.
Why did you make the switch from attorney to working in tech?
In law school, I worked for LexisNexis as a student representative and that gave me my first experience in the fast-changing and exciting world of legal technology. I saw how much easier and faster technology made the process of legal research. I also became a Kaplan Bar Review representative for a semester and signed up enough people for the course to earn a free Bar Prep course myself. While I did not realize it at the time, those two experiences were my first clues that I had a knack and love for sales and technology.
Ultimately the lack of flexibility and the burnout from dissecting my day into six-minute increments for billing outweighed the ever-decreasing opportunities to actually be in court. Also, the legal industry is not known to be innovative or fast-paced (I was still citing cases from the 1800s for legal briefs) and is plagued with outdated processes. I saw an opportunity to be part of the solution: to modernize the delivery of legal services by utilizing technology.
What led you to choose a career in technology?
Technology is constantly changing, which means constant opportunity to learn new things and put them into action. I thrive in a fast-paced environment and enjoy bringing my clients the latest solutions to help them create better ways of working.
What were some challenges you faced when you switched careers from lawyer to legal tech Sales?
Most of the challenges were internal – wondering if I wasted all that time and money going to law school for nothing? But I quickly realized that the intense training that I underwent in both school and practice sharpened the very skills that I lean on daily: advocacy, communication, and critical thinking.
You’re in a role where you are a coach for the rest of the Sales team. How has your legal background helped you be successful in this area?
I lean in on my experience as an attorney to help the team understand how our software helps law firms function optimally.
Have you seen the evolution of women lawyers in the legal sector or in legal tech since you started your career?
Absolutely and it’s exciting. Every year there is more representation for women in legal and in tech but as the pandemic showed, women are still disproportionately affected negatively because they tend to be the primary caretakers of children and must juggle that with their careers.
What factors do you think have improved the role of women in the legal sector and in legal tech?
Technology has been a major factor in improving the role of women in legal and legal tech by allowing for remote and flexible work environments so that women can integrate their family and professional lives. As a mother of two (two under two!) I am a testament to that fact.
What was your proudest work moment?
My proudest work moment is that I come to work every day being prepared, knowledgeable, inquisitive, and collaborative. This gives me deep satisfaction and I believe it’s the reason why I continually strive for and reach new career milestones.
Law is created for diverse people in society. What does inclusivity mean to you?
To me, it is all about being respectful, open-minded, and acting on the belief and understanding that just because someone is or does something differently than you, doesn’t mean it’s bad or wrong. In fact, it may be better!
We thank Sabina for sharing her story and for providing Assembly Legal with expert legal knowledge to better understand our customers’ needs every day.