The Path & The Practice explores the professional origin stories of the attorneys at Foley & Lardner LLP, a full service law firm with over 1000 lawyers in 24 offices across the U.S. and abroad. Each episode features Alexis Robertson, Foley's Director of Diversity & Inclusion, in a one-on-one conversation with a new attorney guest exploring their unique background, path to law school and path to Foley & Lardner—you’ll hear the touching personal stories you won’t find on their professional bios. Each episode highlights the diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives Foley attorneys bring to the practice of law.
<br> This episode of The Path & The Practice features a conversation with Byron McLain. Byron is a partner and trial lawyer in Foley’s Los Angeles office focused on matters related to internal investigations, criminal defense, and complex civil trial litigation. Byron reflects on growing-up in New Orleans, attending Harvard University for college and Harvard Law School. He discusses the six years he spent as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, investigating and prosecuting white-collar crime. He also reflects on his decision to return to private practice and join Foley & Lardner as a partner. Byron also discusses his role as the chair of Foley’s Racial Justice & Equity Pro Bono Practice Group. Finally, Byron provides great advice on the importance of staying open to new opportunities. Listen to the full discussion below.<br>
<br> This episode features a conversation with Olivia Singelmann. Olivia is a senior counsel in Foley’s Washington D.C. office focused on matters related to government investigation and defense as well as litigation. Olivia reflects on growing-up Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in a bilingual household, speaking German and Spanish. She discusses attending Duke University for college and Georgetown for Law School. She reflects on her time working prior to law school, how she felt adjusting to law school, and her legal practice. Finally, Olivia provides wonderful advice to law students on the importance of reaching out to practicing lawyers who can teach you more about the profession.<br>
<br> This episode features a conversation with Kaleb Berhe. Kaleb is a labor & employment associate in Foley’s Los Angeles office. Kaleb reflects on growing-up in the D.C. area, the son of Eritrean’s immigrants, attending the University of Maryland, College Park, and working as a mental health therapist before attending Washington University School of Law. He shares about his labor & employment practice as well as his experience joining Foley as a lateral associate. Finally, Kaleb provides great advice on the importance of building a support system and having champions.<br>
<br> This episode features a conversation with Eileen Ridley. Eileen is a litigation partner in Foley’s San Francisco office. In this episode, Eileen reflects on growing-up in the Bay Area, attending Notre Dame for college and Santa Clara University Law School. She shares about her decision to become a lawyer, instead of an engineer. She discusses her experience joining Foley as a lateral attorney almost 20 years ago and reflects on the many leadership positions she holds in the firm. She also provides wonderful advice on the importance of having a good sense of humor and seeing the best in people.<br>
<br> This episode features a conversation with Adrian Jensen. Adrian is a partner in Foley’s Washington D.C. office focused on litigation and government investigations. In this episode, Adrian discusses his path to Harvey Mudd College and Columbia University for law school. He also reflects on joining Foley out of law school and provides a detailed explanation of his day-to-day practice as litigator focused on presenting clients in government investigations and enforcement proceedings. Adrian also provides great advice on studying for the bar and building a legal practice.<br>
<br> This episode features a conversation with Zane Hatahet. Zane is an associate in Foley’s Detroit office focused on securities, mergers & acquisitions, and other transactional matters. Zane shares about spending the first five years of his life in Dubai, before returning to Dearborn, MI. He discusses his path to The University Of Michigan-Dearborn and the University of Michigan Law School. Zane shares a bit about how his family, and his multi-cultural background, impacted his path to law. He also reflects on joining Foley as a lateral associate and provides great advice to new lawyers.<br>
<br> This episode features a conversation with Kelsey O’Gorman. Kelsey is an associate in Foley’s Milwaukee office focused on employee benefits & executive compensation. Kelsey reflects on growing-up in Brookfield, WI, her path to Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin Law school. She shares fantastic advice on both how to navigate and excel in law school as well as how to adjust to life as an associate. Kelsey also provides a detailed explanation of her benefits and executive compensation practice and explains the importance of maintaining interests outside of your legal practice.<br>
<br> This episode features a conversation with Adria Warren. Adria is a partner in Foley’s Boston office focused on health care transactional matters. In this discussion, Adria shares about graduating from Smith College, and reflects on working in China before returning to the U.S. earn her Master’s degree at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and her J.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles. Adria reflects on her path to partnership, including becoming partner while on a reduced scheduled. She also shares about her role as chair of Foley’s Women’s Network and the importance of being open to new opportunities.<br>
<br> This episode features a conversation with Greg Heinen. Greg is an associate in Foley’s Milwaukee office focused on commercial litigation. In this discussion, Greg reflects on growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and his path to the University of Virginia Law School. Greg shares wonderful advice to law students on how to best navigate the summer associate experience and life as a new attorney. He also shares about his experience with virtual court proceedings and provides insight on the importance of valuing people and personal relationships.<br>
<br> This episode features a conversation with Shana Bell. Shana is an associate in Foley’s Orlando office focused on corporate transactional matters. Shana shares about her parents immigrating to the U.S. from Jamaica and reflects on her untraditional path to FAMU College of Law for her J.D. and American University Washington College of law from her LL.M. She also shares about the twists and turns in her professional and educational path, and imparts wonderful advice about the importance being open to new experiences.<br>
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