Woman in Business SuitI recently wrote a blog post about 10 lawyers that left the law to follow their passions which was well received by the legal community. The post was meant to inspire dissatisfied lawyers and show them that it is in fact possible to be successful in other industries. I decided to make these kind of lists into a more regular series in which I profile lawyers who have gone on to do amazing things outside of the law.

Below is a list of 5 talented women who have successfully used their JDs to pursue alternative careers.

1) Safra Catz / UPenn Law

Safra was most recently named as the co-CEO of Oracle and was previously the CFO who reported directly to the CEO Larry Ellison. After graduating law school she became a banker at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. She is the 2nd highest paid female executive in the world.

2) Lauren Leto / Wayne State University Law

Lauren came up with the idea for Texts from Last Night, a site that allows you to anonymously post text messages you receive, during law school. She is worth $10 million dollars. The site led to a book and a television series.

3) Jennie Enterprise/ Fordham Law School

Jennifer is the founder of CORE, an ultra exclusive club in NYC that caters to the .1%. The initiation fee is $50,000 followed by $15,000 in annual fees. Members include hedge fund managers, celebrities and other executives. Prior to founding Core, she founded and built The Reebok Sports Club, a gym that also serves as lifestyle club. She came up with the business model for The Reebok Sports Club during law school which came into fruition in 1991.

4) Nellie Akalp/ University of LaVerne College of Law

Nellie is the CEO of Corpnet, a do it yourself site that helps people start their own businesses by incorporating and complying with state filing requirements. Prior to Corpnet, she founded and sold MyCorporation to Intuit for $20 million dollars. Her business partner is her husband, Phil Akalp, whom she met in college. She frequently writes for Mashable, Entrepreneur, Small Business Trends, and other publications.

5) Catalina Girald/ Boston College Law

Catalina was one of the co-founders of Moxsie, a venture backed online retailer for eco-friendly apparel which was acquired by FashionStake (which was later acquired by Fab). Her current venture is Naja, a socially conscious lingerie company. After law school, she worked for Skadden Arps in their M&A department, and then attended Stanford Business School prior to founding Moxsie. When asked why she attended law school she said “in my family, there were really only two career options: Doctor or lawyer.” Boy, this sounds familiar…


Eva Hibnick is the co-founder and Chief of Growth at One400, a digital agency focusing on integrated marketing solutions for law firms and legal tech startups. She was previously the Marketing Manager at General Assembly and before entering the startup world, she was an attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and licensed to practice in New York. Eva is a frequent speaker on legal marketing and sales. She is also active in the legal tech community, serving as the co-organizer to the LA Legal Hackers Meetup, the LA Legal Community Meetup and was a mentor for the SF Legal Tech Startup Weekend. She has guest blogged for Solo Practice University, The Law Insider, Shake Law and other legal industry blogs. Follow her on Twitter: @esqentrepreneur @one_400