Q&A: Meet Aleisha Gravit, Class of 2015
Aleisha Gravit, Chief Client Services & Marketing Officer at Akin Gump, brings a rare combination to the legal profession — she is both a visionary and a servant leader. Nothing she accomplishes is born of or driven by ego, yet her confidence and swiftness in evaluating a situation, assessing what needs to be done, understanding and respecting the delicacy of relationships — and ultimately achieving the right goals and solutions — make her the right hire, an adept business partner, a trusted advisor, a sought-after ally, and a gentle comrade.
An active contributor to her chosen profession of legal marketing, Aleisha served as president of the Legal Marketing Association in 2013, after several years of involvement with the international LMA board of directors. She brings intellectual and emotional perspective to each situation she encounters, is enormously generous with her talents and time, and is universally respected and enjoyed.
Chief Client Services & Marketing Officer
Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Sherman, Texas, and raised in Longview, Texas, which is deep in the Piney Woods of east Texas.
What’s your favorite thing to do away from work?
I am an avid golfer, love to sew and am a bit of a homebody. When I am not working, I am either on the golf course or busy making something special for someone special or maybe just kicking back by the pool with my husband Mark, my dog, Jake, and a cold beer. I am pretty simple and enjoy a simple lifestyle.
What achievement outside of work makes you most proud?
I don’t have natural children of my own, but do have a stepson. I came into his life when he was 17 and he is now 34. This can be a challenging transition for both. His nickname for me has always been “Step,” but he also refers to me as his mother. I am someone he trusts and calls to seek guidance on everything from professional matters to parenting. I am very proud of our relationship.
Did you choose your career or did it choose you?
My career chose me. I went to work for Texaco Exploration & Production Inc., straight out of college and was with them for 11 years. They transferred me from Midland, Texas, to Denver, Colorado, and wanted to then send me to either New Orleans or Houston. I was too in love with Colorado to make that move so began pondering my next career. I met Al Romanowski, who, at the time, was the director of marketing for Holland & Hart, the largest firm in Denver. Al encouraged me to interview for a director of marketing job with his former firm. They hired me on the spot with no legal marketing experience and I have never looked back. I love what I do and can’t imagine doing anything else, except maybe playing on the LPGA Tour or being a professional singer!
Who was your mentor and what made him or her so influential?
I don’t have one mentor. I have had what I call my “personal board of directors” with whom I seek advice on things that impact my professional life. My BOD includes peers in the industry and those outside of legal, former supervisors, family and friends.
What is the most vivid moment or experience in your career?
I have had two careers in my lifetime: Oil and gas and legal marketing. While I have many vivid moments and experiences in both, but overall, I think the most vivid experience was the transition from buying and selling producing oil & gas assets to supporting lawyers in how they support their clients and seek new business. As I said earlier, I can’t imagine doing anything else and am grateful to that regional firm in Denver for giving me a chance as their Director of Marketing in 1996.
Of the law-related projects or initiatives you’ve worked on in the past year or so, what has you the most excited or shows the most promise?
I am currently working on a program focused on developing business developers. I really enjoy working with partners who are eager to improve and those at the top of their game. It’s very rewarding.
What is the most engaging law-related thing you’re doing right now?
We recently hired our first Director of Alumni Relations and are in the process of building a cohesive firm-wide alumni program. I am actively involved in working on this project with our new Director. It is an incredibly engaging project and I am very excited to roll out our program later this year.
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