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3 Questions with Karen Leastman, Vice President of Sales, First American Legal Finance

3 Questions with Karen Leastman, Vice President of Sales, First American Legal Finance


Karen Leastman, the very first salesperson hired in First American's Rochester, NY office, and has been a consistent leader in Sales and throughout the company as the Rochester-based sales team has grown to 100 colleagues. 

Recently, we asked Karen about her experience working at First American.

Q: What is the best part about your job at First American?

A: I love working at First American because it feels like family - not only to me but to my husband and children as well. First American provides a positive environment that continues to evolve through creativity and innovation. It is where talented and dedicated people can thrive, be their best, and make a difference.

Q: What would you say to someone considering a Sales career at First American?

A: There is no limit to what you can do at First American. I never thought I would stay at my first professional job out of college for more than 5 years and now I am going on 15+ years. First American has given me the opportunity to build a business with flexibility, support and uncapped potential.

Q: How do you define success in your career? 

A: I truly believe what I am building at First American will leave a lasting imprint not only on the company but also within the industry I serve. I am forever grateful for the opportunities my career at First American provides me and my family.

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Karen has more than a decade of equipment leasing knowledge and dedicated experience working with the law firm industry. Karen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration & Finance and a minor in Violin Performance from Roberts Wesleyan College. Since joining First American in 2003, Karen has been a key contributor in building First American’s law firm division which now serves over 200 law firms across the United States, including AMLAW 100 and 200 firms. As a Certified Lease and Finance Professional (CLFP), Karen is a leader in the equipment leasing industry.

Outside the office, Karen is an active participant in both her church and local community where she plays the violin for local community groups and coaches community sports teams for her children.  Karen also spends time volunteering and raising funds for local charities including Women Build Habitat for Humanity and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester. She resides in a suburb of Rochester, New York with her husband and three children.

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