Is your career based on considered choices you planned or has it unfolded as part of a process you didn’t necessarily foresee?
My career path has been a combination of considered choices and luck! I wanted to clerk somewhere near a ski-lift or a beach. I was lucky enough to give Chief Judge Thomas K. Moore of the US Virgin Islands a car ride and we really hit it off. I subsequently wanted to do cross-border work, so I wrote to the major English law firms and was offered a US summer associate spot (the first and only one that year).
What do you enjoy most (and, if you’re willing, what are the least enjoyable or hardest parts) about your current role?
The best part is that I love to travel, which I do all of the time. (The worst part is that I travel all of the time!)
What skills and personality traits lend themselves to success in your field?
Being able to get along with people.
What advice do you have for someone who hopes to find a job similar to yours/in your field?
Spend time abroad. Learn a language. Learn to get along with people.
What has been the best surprise in your career?
That I still have one!
What might you do differently, in hindsight?
I wouldn’t change a thing.
What do you do outside of work that helps you be successful?
I do a lot of work with the ABA Section of International Law, which I love. I also do triathlon, which keeps me physically healthy, and am active in my church.