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Becker Celebrates Women’s History Month: Meet Mary Hawk

Becker Celebrates Women’s History Month: Meet Mary Hawk

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Becker is showcasing the inspiration, philosophies, and expertise of the women attorneys and lobbyists who help elevate our firm and client service. Mary Hawk is a shareholder in our Bradenton, FL office. She focuses her practice in the areas of general representation and dispute resolution for condominium, homeowner, cooperative, and mobile home associations.

Q: Explain your practice area and what you do.

A: I am a community association attorney for Florida condominiums, homeowner associations, cooperatives, and mobile home parks. I advise associations on legal issues and matters concerning the association. I also enjoy writing articles and teaching about the practice area.

Q: How did you know you wanted to practice law?

A: I resisted it for a long time because my mother was a family law attorney and that was an area of law I knew I did not want to practice. Eventually, I came to accept the inevitable and learned there are lots of other practice areas out there.

Q: What is a significant achievement or milestone in your career that you’re particularly proud of?

A: I feel like being recruited to join Becker was a significant achievement! I am also proud of when my mother and I went to Washington D.C. and were both sworn in to practice in the United States Supreme Court.

Q: What qualities do you admire about the women in your life?

A: My family is full of what my husband calls “strong-willed women.” I am proud to be one of them. Women in my family have overcome some unimaginable tragedies and persevered and thrived.

Q: Who is your favorite female historical figure and why?

A: I admire Billie Jean King, who championed for women’s tennis and achieved equal prize money for women 50 years ago. She continues to advocate for women of all backgrounds and orientations.

Q: What obstacles do women still face today?

A: I really have not experienced obstacles in my professional career. I do think women still tend to over-achieve due to the perception that they are at a disadvantage.

Q: What is something you would like the next generation of women to know?

A: They need to be accepting of all people, learn how to compromise, and resist hate. And to raise their children to do the same. They will be the next generation of leaders.

Q: What advice would you give your younger self?

A: Don’t work so hard, and don’t rush through college, enjoy it.