Jennifer Grabowski, 41, won the Women in Law category at the prestigious She Inspires Awards.
In their praise, the judges said, “Jennifer is the managing partner of a law firm that is over 200 years old. She is also a full-time corporate and commercial lawyer, working with local and regional businesses looking to buy, sell, grow or simply protect their business.
“A mother of three, she tries to lead by example to show that it is possible to have both a family and a career to be proud of.”
Jennifer received her former Emmerdale actor award and 2019 Strictly Come Dancing winner Kelvin Fletcher.
“I was thrilled to win the award,” said Jennifer, who is married and lives in Lancaster. “It is very nice to be recognized, although I am slightly embarrassed by the attention.”
She added: “I hope this sends a positive message to the large number of young women in the profession – to remind them that you can achieve something meaningful without having to change who you are.”
After graduating from Cambridge University, Jennifer trained and qualified at the international law firm White & Case in London.
After a four-year period at Osborne Clarke, a leading business law firm in the Thames Valley and Southwest region, she joined Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand, which has offices in Lancaster and Kirkby Lonsdale. , in 2011. She became a partner in 2014 and managing partner three years later.
“The legal profession is the only career path I have ever considered,” she said. “It’s hard work, but I was drawn to the intellectual challenge.
“In addition, I often represent owners who sell a business they have created from scratch. It can be quite an emotional time for them so when working with them on the sale it is rewarding to make sure they get the best possible result and feel good about their decision.
She said she always tries to remember that her role at Oglethorpe Sturton & Gillibrand, which employs around 60 people, is not just to do your own job. “It is to support and encourage all of our other staff to do their own jobs to the best of their ability for the good of our customers and to be happy at work. “
She added: “I am proud to be the Managing Partner of the firm. I am the first woman to be a Managing Partner in the firm’s 200-year history and the fact that my fellow Associates, for whom I have a great deal of respect, have chosen me to lead this practice is a huge responsibility but also a great honor. “