Partner Margaret V. Glass was recently recognized as an honoree for the New Orleans CityBusiness 2021 “Leadership in Law” class. As noted in a special “Leadership in Law” 2021 insert in CityBusiness, “The 17th edition of “Leadership in Law” stands as a record of local professionals who have distinguished themselves within the legal industry as well as the larger community. Their work encompasses a variety of commercial and public interests, and their expertise reveals how the legal industry has evolved just in the short time CityBusiness has recognized the top attorneys in the region.”
“Leadership in Law” identifies individuals in four categories: court-associated professionals, including judges, magistrates, clerks and support personnel; educators, both in the law school setting and professional realm; firm-associated, which includes attorneys, paralegals and other staff professionals; and in-house counsel, which include full-time representation of for-profit companies, nonprofits and governmental entities.
Margaret chatted with reporter Judy Prager-Hessel to discuss her most memorable and rewarding cases as well as what inspires her about working in real estate law. Following is her interview, which appears in the New Orleans CityBusiness “Leadership in Law” 2021 insert.
Margaret Glass, Partner, Steeg Law Firm LLC, Firm Associated
A Louisiana native and Tulane University Law School graduate, few know New Orleans real estate law like Margaret Glass.
From law school, Glass went to work for Steeg Law Firm on the litigation side. After a short stint in Houston, an opportunity arose for her to return to the firm New Orleans to work on transactional real estate issues.
“We do everything that touches real estate, Glass said. “It’s a variety every single day, and no two days are the same.”
The most inspiring part of working in real estate law is being able to be involved in all kinds of new projects around the city, she said.
“Our clients are often doing these great new projects in the city, which are just inspiring to be a part of, adding jobs to the community and improving the landscape of the city,” Glass said. “I love the community impact.”
Some of her favorite cases are with smaller clients. Recently, she worked with an individual who had a residential building, helping him in getting a legal nonconforming use so that he could continue to operate his property.
“Being able to assist someone who is an individual property owner is always very rewarding, because it shows you that you are helping individual people,” she said. “You are doing work that makes a big impact on their everyday life.”
Glass credits her firm and the other three Steeg Law partners for her growth in the field. “They have taught me so much about how to be a lawyer, and how to be a good, responsible person,” she said.