“She can remain emotionally detached in an emotionally charged situation,” says one client, whose divorce was finalized last year. “She knows it’s basically a business deal and doesn’t let the emotions get in her way.”
“Daphne is level,” adds a family law colleague. “She’s level and she’s careful and she’s prepared.”
Unflappability is almost her mantra. “There is one piece of advice that I would give everybody,” she says. “In fact, I’d put it across their forehead backward so that when they look in the mirror they’d see it every day. And that piece of advice is: Don’t take things so personally.”
She grew up in another era, a time when her parents didn’t see the point in a woman becoming a professional; a time when there were only five women practicing law in Madison the year she graduated from law school (1973); a time when, as in one of her first cases, a woman who was fired from a job late in a pregnancy could not get unemployment benefits because she was, per se, unemployable.
Webb’s story, and the story of her times, can be read in the latest issue of Wisconsin Super Lawyers & Rising Stars magazine.
Past Wisconsin cover subjects:
- 2011: Daphne Webb, family law, Madison: “Professional Calm: Daphne Webb stays level in the emotionally charged area of family law”
- 2010: Don Prachthauser, Personal Injury Plaintiff, Milwaukee: “Everybody Likes Don: Don Prachthauser is true and prepared”
- 2009: Philip J. Halley, Trusts & Estates, Milwaukee: “Trustworthy: Why Philip J. Halley won’t talk about his clients”
- 2008: Stephen P. Hurley, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Madison: “Rainy Day Man: Stephen Hurley fights ‘the 21st-century version of lynching'”
- 2007: Stephen M. Glynn, Criminal Defense: White Collar, Glendale: “The Lawyer Who Saw the Lightning: The moral fitness of Stephen Glynn”
- 2006: Frank Daily, Personal Injury Defense, Milwaukee (now retired partner): “The Lawyer with the Bear in his Briefcase: The ethics and flair of Frank Daily”
- 2005: Robert Habush, Personal Injury Plaintiff, Milwaukee: “Getting Even: Robert Habush went into the law reluctantly; now Wisconsin’s Trial Lawyer of the Year is named after him”