Dr. Alix Frank-Thomasser
Where did you study law?
In Salzburg, Austria, in Leiden, Netherlands and Urbino, Italy
In short, please describe your career steps?
After a short deviation in the direction of a post in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs I strictly followed the career path to become an Austrian lawyer registered with the Vienna Bar Organisation. I received the licence to act as a lawyer in Austria by June 1988. Since then, I concentrated on building my own firm in Vienna, Austria, which today is ranked as a renowned medium-sized business law firm.
In short, what were the obstacles in your career path?
Building up a medium-sized law firm means involving yourself in all strategic matters besides being a legal professional. There was hardly any room for me to ever consider obstacles on a long-term basis, I just had to fight them at an early stage and being a very busy but very positive person I didn’t let obstacles hinder my career path.
In which position / company / institution are you currently working?
I am the senior partner of our law firm.
What is your take on work-life balance?
I always wanted to have a family besides being successful in my profession. With a lot of discipline, personal energy and a very positive outlook I succeeded to live a happy family life with children besides living a challenging role as a professional lawyer.
What is your motivation to organize “Women in Law”?
I think there are many women out there who are struggling with their careers but are delivering excellent work. Mentoring and networking are both good answers to fight this career struggle. The Women in Law Conference shall after all offer an excellent platform to discuss and overcome such career struggles and to gain experience from role models within the legal profession as well as to benefit from direct access to many of us in order to provide each other with the necessary assistance to build up excellent women lawyer careers.