In the latest installment of Women Who Wow, learn more about NYC-based lawyer Lesley Brovner.

Lesley is a partner at Peters Brovner LLP, a boutique firm that she co-founded with her former colleague Mark Peters that represents companies and individuals facing significant investigatory threats, including clients that need to determine the scope of their exposure and those who already require representation before government regulators.

Prior to co-founding Peters Brovner, Lesley  served as First Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Investigation (DOI) from 2014 to 2018. While in this role, Lesley directed complex criminal and civil investigations, oversaw the issuance of all agency reports and supervised DOI’s counsel’s office.

I admire Lesley for many reasons, including the fact she has achieved great success in a male-dominated field and her integrity and drive. Learn more about her and connect with her on LinkedIn.

Why did you choose your profession?

The symbol of the courts is a blindfolded figure embodying the idea that the justice system serves to protect everyone equally. For centuries, the law has been the means by which we can vindicate the rights of victims and protect the innocent. The law also holds society to high standards and without it we would fall into anarchy. So for me, the law has always been a vehicle for making society a better place.

What do you love most about what you do?

I’ve spent 20 years in law enforcement seeking justice for crime victims and working to reform government to ensure that it is more efficient, effective and less vulnerable to fraud.

As head of my own law firm, I’m able to provide individualized attention to clients and help them through difficult periods in their life. I also counsel private entities facing criminal, regulatory or ethics-related investigations that have already been launched or are anticipated, and help them achieve best practices in their workplace.

Tell us about a woman you look up to and why.
I greatly admire Gloria Steinem, for her decades long work as a leader of the feminist movement. Ms. Steinem has worked forcefully on behalf of women fighting on issues as diverse as reproductive rights, equal rights in the workplace and sex trafficking. She is brilliant, innovative and tireless.

A highlight of my career was co-authoring a letter with Ms. Steinem and appearing at a press conference with her where we insisted that the mayor of New York adequately staff the Special Victims Unit of the NYPD.