Kandis Gibson, WBA President (2023-2024), is an Associate at Morgan Lewis Bockius LLP. After spending over a decade at a small (~7 attorney) law firm, she recently moved to the large firm sector. Kandis focuses her practice on Section 337 proceedings at the US International Trade Commission. She has participated in over 45 Section 337 investigations involving unfair trade practices, including patent, trademark, and copyright infringement, and misappropriation of trade secrets. Kandis also has experience in complex civil litigation matters and has handled matters before US district courts and agencies, including representing clients in enforcement issues related to Section 337 exclusion orders before the US Customs and Border Protection
Kandis has been a member of the WBA since her first year of practice. She is active in the ABA and the ITC Trial Lawyers Association. She is the Board Chair of the I Dream Public Charter School. Kandis is also an endurance sports enthusiast. In her free time, she participates in full and half-distance triathlons, marathon swimming, and long-distance biking and running. She has two dogs who love to run with her!
When did you join the WBA?
In which committees/forums have you been involved?
I started as a member of the Mentoring Committee before serving as a member of the Fundraising Committee, where I planned and hosted a series of Fireside Chats. Later, before joining the Board, I co-chaired the More Than an Attorney Committee which looked at the ways we find joy and fulfillment outside of the law.
Why did you join the WBA?
I had great mentors who were a part of the WBA and encouraged me to join.
What benefits do you get from being a part of the WBA and why do you think others should join?
The WBA network is amazing. I’ve met so many friends and mentors through the WBA who have provided me with mentorship, support, and guidance throughout my career.
Do you have a mentor/hero? Please describe her/his impact on your professional and/or personal life.
I have had the unique fortune of having female managing partners at every firm I’ve worked at. My former managing partner, Barbara Murphy, has been an invaluable mentor and supporter throughout my career. She is a trailblazer in our field and her door has always been open to me.
What is the best advice you have received?
One of the best pieces of advice I have received (from the above-mentioned Barbara Murphy) came after someone referred to both of us as intimidating (but not any of the men we worked with). She said – “Early in my career, something like this would have upset me. But not now. My door is always open. Whether or not someone feels comfortable walking in is their problem.”
What words of advice do you have for women new to the profession?
My advice for women new to the profession would be to find a tribe. Find a support system – both lawyers and non-lawyers – who know you, care about you, and want you to succeed. People who give you space to vent, but also provide perspective when you’re a bit too deep in the weeds. People who understand that your job can be stressful, but who also get you outside for much-needed breaks. Your life will be so much better with an understanding tribe.