Camille Hunt is an attorney at Waters Kraus Paul & Siegel in the firm’s Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation, including asbestos and mesothelioma, personal injury, birth injury litigation, and toxic tort matters. Camille earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Washington and Lee University, and was awarded her Juris Doctor degree from Baylor University Law School. Camille was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2022, and is a member of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.
Read on to learn what Camille had to say during our Women’s History Month virtual round table.
Waters Kraus Paul & Siegel Women In Law Roundtable Q&A: Camile Hunt
Waters Kraus Paul & Siegel: Continued determination and a tough work ethic are part of a universal code shared among successful attorneys. In fact, a career as a lawyer has been a hallmark of prestige for generations now. But what exactly enabled your career to flourish? How would you personally encourage young girls thinking about becoming attorneys?
Camile Hunt: My mother inspired me to pursue a career in law. I definitely credit my mother for giving me the mindset I needed to flourish in my career. She showed me just how far you can get with the right amount of determination. I would encourage any young girl thinking about becoming an attorney to find a role model or mentor in the legal field you admire.
WKP: Where do you think we are in terms of gender equality in the legal profession? Do you believe that people’s expectations of women lawyers have changed in the past 50 years? Or will the majority of Americans always be more willing to put their faith in men practicing law?
CH: I do believe that, despite the number of female and male law students being roughly equal in today’s incoming law school classes, there is significant inequality between female and male lawyers in the trial setting. As time goes on, I hope to see more female trial lawyers in the courtroom.
WKP: What do you think needs to change in our society, or possibly even in our world, for women to be given their fair share in the legal profession, and every other profession?
CH: I think that in many respects, we as a legal society need to encourage women that they too can be successful as trial lawyers. Society as a whole is shifting in this direction by equalizing men and women in the workplace generally, but I think we have a way to go in our particular niche of litigation. I am currently in the sixth week of a jury trial and am the only female attorney in the courtroom. I hope that becomes less common.
WKP: What is the single most important lesson you have learned in your career as a legal professional, and how has that skill proven to be vital for your professional growth?
CH: Every experience is a learning opportunity. Never allow yourself to sacrifice progress in pursuit of perfection. If you don’t get it right, you’ll be better on the next go ‘round!
To read more interviews with our attorneys, check out our Waters Kraus Paul & Siegel Virtual Roundtable Q&A: Women In Law.