In honor of women in construction week, McConaughy & Sarkissian, P.C. is spotlighting our newest addition to the firm, special counsel, Carin Ramirez. As special counsel, Carin focuses her practice on civil defense litigation with an emphasis on construction disputes, including construction defect claims on behalf of developers, general contractors and other construction professionals.

To spotlight Carin and her remarkable work and dedication, we asked her what it means to be a woman in the construction industry. “It means you have to work harder, and you really have to take advantage of the skills you have that others in the industry don’t have to stand out. It also presents an opportunity to stand out because you are different, and you do have different strengths.”

Carin received an engineering degree from Michigan Technological University, where she worked in the oil industry as a geophysicist. A few years later, Carin went back to college, obtained a degree in music performance, and spent several years studying and working as a musician. In 2007, she decided to pursue a career in the legal industry. She received her Juris Doctor degree at the University of Colorado Boulder and immediately began practicing law. Initially, she practiced general law and in her first year, she was assigned a construction defect case. That’s where it all began. Carin made the decision to focus her practice on construction law, as her engineering background made this transition seamless, and it has been her focus for the past 11 years.

Often, Carin is the only woman in the room. As a woman who has been in the industry for 12 years, and with an emphasis on construction law for 11 years, she strongly believes that being a woman in the legal and construction industry is an asset. Through her strong communication skills and approachable manner, Carin provides exceptional legal counsel for her clients in all stages of litigation.

Learn more about Carin here.