February 20, 2020 Article

A Conversation with the First Women to Lead Two of Delaware’s Largest Firms

While reflecting on more than 60 years of combined expertise, Kathleen Furey McDonough and Doneene K. Damon share how they encourage women to lean in to their legal careers and why that matters.

By Valerie Caras

When Kathleen Furey McDonough was elected chair of Potter Anderson and Corroon LLP’s executive committee in 2018, she became the first woman to lead a major Delaware firm. Doneene K. Damon, elected president of Richards, Layton, and Finger, P.A., in 2019, became the first African American woman in Delaware to serve in that role. Neither thought they would pursue or achieve those milestones when they joined their respective firms. According to Damon, “Even a decade ago, no one would have thought that would have been a possibility.” McDonough agrees: “That’s right—let alone 34 years ago!”

And yet, here they are, leading two of Delaware’s largest firms. 

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