With a 47-year career as a legal secretary, it’s expected that Linda Key has accumulated some knowledge. But she has made a name for herself at BakerHostetler with attorneys and clients alike through passion for her job and a willingness to work hard.
And there might be something to say about her stubbornness too. Her career was kicked off at the end of high school when — for a reason she said she still doesn’t know — she put it in her yearbook that she wanted to become a legal secretary.
“I had one teacher saying, ‘No, you won’t make it,’ and I went, ‘Now that you said that, yes I will,’” she said.
She’s spent the past 26 years of her career at BakerHostetler and has worked with partner Ray Sutton since 2001. Her work with both the firm and with Sutton have earned her a reputation for having a near-encyclopedic knowledge of his cases, which pays off with other attorneys — one of whom referred to her as “the conductor of the symphony” in her nomination to Law Week — as well as clients, who might insist on catching up over the phone before getting down to the business about why they call.