How I Do It

Kris­ten Riemen­schnei­der

Working Mother - - Contents -

An at­tor­ney and busy mom of three breaks down how she gets it all done.

LO­CA­TION Fair­fax, VA CHIL­DREN Keira, 9, Kate­lyn, 8, and Ben­jamin, 5

This mom of three and at­tor­ney at the Wash­ing­ton, D.C., of­fice of Work­ing Mother 100 Best Com­pany Arnold & Porter doesn’t con­sider her­self an ex­pert on the sub­ject of work­ing moth­er­hood. “Ev­ery day is like a con­stant triage,” she con­fesses. She’s been known to wake up at 5 a.m. on Christ­mas Eve to help wrap up a case, but the long hours she logs as a life sciences trans­ac­tions lawyer—help­ing make life­sav­ing med­i­ca­tions avail­able across the globe—are all worth it. “Even though I’m not the sci­en­tist in the lab de­vel­op­ing the new med­i­ca­tion, my role is in­valu­able in bring­ing these drugs to market suc­cess­fully,” she says. “It’s in­cred­i­bly re­ward­ing work.” And af­ter nearly a decade of bal­anc­ing both her ca­reer and fam­ily du­ties, she’s def­i­nitely learned a few san­ity-sav­ing strate­gies along the way. The big­gest ones: She fre­quently works from home and gets a big as­sist from her hus­band, Bob. Here are more of her go-to hacks:

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