Sharon Woods on Science and Law

In the 2011 issue of Michigan Super Lawyers, Q&A subject Sharon M. Woods, a business litigator with Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker in Detroit, discusses how her scientific training helps her law practice. An excerpt:

Q: We don't see a lot of biology majors who become lawyers. How did you end up taking that particular path?

A: Actually, my major is in biology and I also have a teaching minor in mathematics [from the University of Detroit]. People that have gone through in science seem to gravitate to the law just because of the organization of thought that's required in the science curriculum. You'll find that a lot of engineers also gravitate to the law after they finish an engineering degree. It seems like a natural trend.

Q: What is it that draws you to bet-the-company work?

A: I like the variety, and I've had some success in it. My background in science and math, which requires a certain amount of logic and organization to understand it, probably carries over into liking the complexities of a large case, where you need a large cast of professionals working on the various aspects, and then you need to pull it all together.

Read the full Q&A here.