Title: Attorney,partner with the law firm of McGuireWoods
Born: Mumbai, India, in 1968
Education: Bachelor of Arts in economics, and rhetoric and communications studies, University of Virginia, 1990; juris doctor cum laude, T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, 1993
Career: law clerk for the chief staff attorney’s office at the Virginia Supreme Court, 1993-1995; assistant general counsel for the Office of General Counsel at the Virginia State Corporation Commission, 1995-1997; senior counsel, MCI Telecommunications, 1997-2001; senior counsel, Dominion Resources Services Inc., 2001-2007; and partner, McGuireWoods, 2008-present.
In which part of town do you live: Near West End of Henrico County.
Best business decision: “Five years ago, I decided to take a leap of faith and join McGuireWoods as a private practitioner after spending nearly 15 years as an in-house or state government attorney. It was the best move I ever made because it seems like all my prior experiences have prepared me to be at this firm at this time. One of my partners described the firm as an ‘excellent environment to do business.’ I couldn’t agree more. Our talented people, our culture and our work ethic combine to set us apart from other places to practice law and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.”
Worst business decision: “That’s a tough one because I have been raised to try and turn every negative into a learning experience and something from which to learn. I grew up working in several family businesses, and small business prepares you for learning from mistakes. It sounds corny, but I don’t focus on the prior mistakes. I think bad or misinformed decisions, if handled with the right perspective, can end up leading you to more positive outcomes down the road. In a way, I am thankful for the bad decisions because they have led me to this moment.”
Mistake you learned the most from: “The biggest mistake I have made is to not be my best advocate. The working world is very competitive and it is not enough to do good work and expect those around you to notice and promote you. It is also very important, especially for women, to take your career development seriously and put in effort to promote yourself to the level you want to achieve.”
What is the biggest challenge/opportunity in the next two to five years: “My husband and I are in the ‘sandwich’ generation. We have never been busier with two challenging careers, three active children in their ’tweens and teens to raise, and older parents. That said, it is also an exciting time full of opportunities and we are trying to balance it all out the best we can. Thank goodness for Apple products — and my technical husband who understands how to use them — to keep us organized.”
First job after college: Law clerk at the Virginia Supreme Court in the chief staff attorney’s office
If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?: “My dream when I went to college was to become a broadcast journalist. I didn’t have the confidence to pursue that dream at the time and I think if I could go back, I would try to pursue that dream.”
Movie that inspired you the most: “The Princess Bride.” “It inspires me to find humor in every day.”
Favorite/least favorite subject in school: Favorite: art history; least favorite: upper level macroeconomics.