Anne Flinchum is always making moves.
Most weeks find her traveling regularly between her remote office in Green Bay, the Brookfield office of Rausch, Sturm, Israel, Enerson & Hornik, and court.
She also tries to act quickly on career opportunities, propose ideas to help the firm expand and be an effective and efficient team leader. And then there’s her determination to help other women fulfill their own dreams.
Flinchum started working for Rausch, Sturm, Israel, Enerson & Hornik as a law clerk during her second year at Marquette University Law School. She said one thing she liked about being at a debt-collection company specializing in creditor’s rights was the opportunity it gave her to get to know a specific kind of law. She became an associate attorney after graduation in 2016. When her supervising lawyer resigned without notice last year, Flinchum made a proposal to the firm’s partners, asking them to let her take charge of the team.
“I saw an opportunity for me to grow the company,” Flinchum said. “I wanted to update processes and modernize. I really believed in myself, the team and the firm.’”
The partners tried out Flinchum for 60 days. Since being hired on, she has revised a number of the firm’s automated documents, made signing suits more efficient, managed a team of seven and helped train colleagues who were moving into different positions.
Flinchum has dealt with trying situations both in and out of the courtroom. She said roles are always changing at her firm, and her team has gone through various periods of transition.
In the courtroom, she said she has had to bear the brunt of sexist attitudes, although those are fortunately uncommon nowadays.
Recalling one incident, Flinchum said, “I walked to the front, and a man said, ‘Excuse me, ma’am, the attorneys sit up here.’ I looked him in the eyes and said, ‘Good. I am one.’”
Flinchum said it’s important to get women involved and comfortable in the law. She said a diverse group of people allows clients to find attorneys whom they can feel comfortable with.
“Attorney Flinchum is not one to back down from a contested matter and advocates for her clients with poise, charisma and confidence,” said Rebecca Lucas, a lawyer at Rausch, Sturm, Israel, Enerson & Hornik. “She inspires those around her to strive to be the best.”