Michelle Beistle, Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Unisys Corporation
Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Non-legal job you’d love to have: Marine conservationist
Let’s be honest, it’s better to be in-house because: you get to be an integral part of the mission of your business.
The career advice you’d offer to a law school student: There is so much more to practicing law than working at a big firm – talk to lawyers in as many different careers as you can to find the right path for you.
Ilona Korzha, Counsel, Sprint Nextel
Hometown: Chishinev, Moldova. Currently- Ashburn, VA
Non-legal job you’d love to have: Vacation and travel planner or career development counseling
Let’s be honest, it’s better to be in-house because:Interactions with the business (rather than other lawyers) and working hand in hand to accomplish business goals. Contributing to the company’s strategy and success.
The career advice you’d offer to a law school student: Keep working on your career goals. Don’t let the day to day grind distract you from reaching higher, learning and growing intellectually. Also, network- and not by asking what that person can do for you but by what I can do for that person.
Curtis Lui, General Counsel, FTI Consulting, INC.
Hometown: Born in NJ; Grew up in MoCo
Non-legal job you¹d love to have: Head of the office at DOD that oversees the military’s golf courses
Let’s be honest, it¹s better to be in-house because: I no longer have to measure my value in 6 minute increments.
The career advice you¹d offer to a law school student: Think about your career expansively and pursue a broad-based legal education. I guarantee that the tax class you hate will serve you well at some point in your career.
Jimmy Christianson, Regulatory Counsel, Associated General Contractors of America
Hometown: Oceanside, NY
Non-legal job you’d love to have: NFL Commissioner
Let’s be honest, it’s better to be in-house because: You have regular business hours.
The career advice you’d offer to a law school student:You don’t have to work at a law firm to be a lawyer. There are lots of great and rewarding careers outside the confines of a firm.