Pam Palmer - Women Founders Network
Women Founders Network provides capital, visibility and mentorship for female founders. Our annual Fast Pitch competition awards cash and services to women entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Accelerator, Women entrepreneurs, Startup, Women in Business, Social Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, Women in Technology, Startup Competition
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Pamela S. Palmer

Background

I am a business litigation attorney. I handle all kinds of disputes, but my main focus is representing companies, directors, officers, investors and shareholders in securities and corporate law cases. I am a Southern California native and have practiced here my entire professional career, after UCI undergrad and USC law school. I have been a partner in three “big law” firms. Currently, I am a partner in Pepper Hamilton LLP, which is based in Philly and opened its newest offices in LA, Orange County, and Silicon Valley just a few years ago. I joined Pepper nearly three years ago and am having a blast as one of the founding partners in California working to grow the firm’s West Coast offices and my own practice on the new platform.

Q: Why did you join the board?
A: I had been involved for several years with WFN’s sister organization, Broads Circle, moderating programs designed for in-house counsel and meeting smart, energetic professional women who are shakers and movers. Some of those women founded WFN and I came along for the joy of the ride. I love the smell of entrepreneurial adventure. It is inspiring to be around people who dream big and can turn an idea into something real. Their hope, drive and determination to succeed in innovative business ventures is energizing to me. WFN is where fun and work get together and invite like-minded people to the party.

Q: What have you learned?
A: I have learned that some ideas dazzle, but are long hauls that will require luck and fortitude for many years to come, while other ideas are born to run, and that success in business is very hard to predict. I am new to the world of startup companies from a legal perspective (but have experienced partners who live in this space and know how to advise startups). I learn a lot about new businesses with every year’s fast pitch process.

Q: What most excites you about WFN?
A: My firm takes two of the fast pitch finalists every year as clients and provides a combination of free services plus entry into the firm’s emerging company seed program. I love getting to know the people and businesses that become our clients, helping them through challenges in their early ventures, and seeing them succeed and grow. What excites me most are people and relationships.

Q: What types of startups really excite you?
A: They all do.

Q: A few tidbits and random facts:

  • I never graduated from high school . . . went to college at 15 and never looked back.
  • My husband, son, and close friends are all great cooks – so I’ve never learned how to cook.
  • I’m a dog person, although one of my favorite pets of all times was Tweets – a little blue budgerigar with a bold spirit and an impressive vocabulary.