The Path & The Practice

By Foley & Lardner

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.

  1. 1.
    Episode 63 - Peter Loh talks working at a bank, litigation, distribution & franchise, and the importance of feedback
    54:41
  2. 2.
    Episode 62 - T.J. Ferrante talks joining Foley as a lateral, imposter syndrome, the Great Recession, telehealth, and the importance of passion and curiosity in a legal career
    51:08
  3. 3.
    Episode 61 - Special Guest Ritu Bhasin talks DEI consulting, implicit bias, fitting in versus belonging, self-care, and the importance of authenticity
    41:11
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    Episode 60 - Yesenia Soria talks being a first-generation college student, adjusting to law school, summering in Foley’s Dallas office, and the importance of being curious
    47:08
  5. 5.
    Episode 59 - Allison Zweng talks being an IP summer associate, swimming, mechanical engineering, and the importance of being your authentic self
    45:46
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    Episode 58 - Savannah Levin talks being a collegiate athlete, summering in Foley's L.A. office, and advice to law students navigating the job search
    50:08
  7. 7.
    Episode 57 - Kristel Schorr talks IP counseling, life as a partner, and advice on the law firm interview process
    47:27
  8. 8.
    Episode 56 - Special Guests Bob Scher and Amy Moynihan talk summer associate recruiting, the screening and call back process, and advice to law students
    50:02
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    Episode 55 - Steve Millendorf talks two decades as an engineer, cyber security and privacy, attending law school part-time, and the importance of finding a practice you enjoy
    46:11
  2. 10.
    Episode 54 - Clyde Tinnen talks growing-up in Connecticut, adjusting to law school after working in the financial industry, corporate transactional matters, and the Black legal community in Milwaukee
    52:40
  3. 11.
    Episode 53 - Spencer Montei talks Foley's Associates Committee, intellectual property, and the importance of taking classes that challenge your perspective
    51:30
  4. 12.
    Episode 52 - Leigh Reilly talks business development, benefits & executive compensation, adjusting to law school, and the importance of embracing failure
    45:34
  5. 13.
    Episode 51 - Jeff Greene talks professional alignment, trademark, copyright, and advertising, life as an aspiring actor, and the importance of collecting perspectives
    55:12
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    Episode 50 - Doug Lightfoot talks being a summer associate at Foley, attending Howard University Law School, working for the U.S. Coast Guard, and the importance of HBCUs
    38:48
  7. 15.
    Episode 49 - Belinda Morgan talks comic books, growing-up on a farm, employee benefits, ERISA, and meditation
    53:07
  8. 16.
    Episode 48 - Alexis Robertson talks growing-up in the Milwaukee area, attending law school, diversity & inclusion, and professional alignment
    52:59
  9. 17.
    Episode 47 - Ralf Rodriguez talks working in law enforcement, construction law, architecture and design, trial prep, and having a long-term outlook on your career
    46:38
  10. 18.
    Episode 46 - David Sanders talks corporate practice, hockey, the University of Michigan, and the importance of being nice
    52:39
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    Episode 45 - Natasha Allen talks pivoting from tax to her M&A practice, working with starts-up, joining Foley as a partner, and training for a triathlon
    40:38
  12. 20.
    Episode 44 - Mike Lappin talks lessons learned from the C-suite, relationship building, health care, diversity, and the importance of being open to new opportunities
    51:00
  13. 21.
    Episode 43 - Morgan Tilleman talks the Science Olympiad, speaking German, the Great Recession, his insurance regulatory practice, being the first openly LGBTQ attorney in his office, and the importance of prioritizing skill building and training.
    1:07:30
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    Episode 42 - Ana Romes talks being a theater arts major, working in Central America, attending law school later in life, judicial clerkships, litigation, and making the most out of every opportunity
    50:53
  15. 23.
    Episode 41 - Mark Diliberti talks being a first generation lawyer, trademarks, copyrights, licensing, playing in a band, and Foley culture
    1:03:57
  16. 24.
    Episode 40 - Jen Patton talks playing collegiate sports, working in investment banking, working in Big Law, transitioning to attorney talent management, and the importance of following your path while being open to other opportunities
    50:26
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    Episode 38 - Special guest Tonit Calaway talks about her path to the C-suite, diversity in the legal profession, owning your life, and knowing who you are
    46:57
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    Episode 37 - Jessica Gonzalez talks international travel, joining Foley as a lateral associate, financing transactions, personal development and self-care
    51:46
  19. 27.
    Episode 36 - Sara Madavo talks Teach for America, litigation, building relationships, and staying true to yourself
    42:53
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    Episode 35 - Byron McLain talks growing-up in New Orleans, life as a federal prosecutor, white-collar defense, public speaking, and Foley’s Racial Justice & Equity Pro Bono Practice Group
    46:43
  21. 29.
    Episode 34 - Olivia Singelmann talks growing-up in a bilingual household, government investigations, Foley’s Associates Committee, and the importance of reaching out
    44:04
  22. 30.
    Episode 33 - Kaleb Berhe talks working as a mental health therapist, labor & employment, joining Foley as a lateral associate, and the importance of building a support system
    50:48
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    Episode 32 - Eileen Ridley talks growing-up in the Bay Area, litigation, her many law firm leadership positions, seeing the best in people and the importance of humor
    49:47
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    Episode 31 - Adrian Jensen talks studying for the bar exam, life as a litigator focused on government investigation and enforcement proceeding, and building a practice
    43:45
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    Episode 30 - Zane Hatahet talks the importance of family, the University of Michigan Law School, his transactional practice, joining Foley as a lateral associate, and advice to new lawyers
    58:14
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    Episode 29 - Kelsey O’Gorman talks adjusting to law school as a finance major, ERISA, skill building as an associate, and the importance of maintaining interests outside of your legal practice
    47:47
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    Episode 28 - Adria Warren talks working abroad, making partner while on a reduced schedule, leading Foley’s Women’s Network, and the importance of being open to new opportunities
    46:34
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    Episode 27 - Greg Heinen talks about the importance of feedback, the benefits of working across practice areas as a summer associate, litigation strategy, virtual court proceedings, and the value of prioritizing people and personal relationships
    51:13
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    Episode 26 - Shana Bell talks about her “standard immigrant” household, her untraditional path to law school, earning her L.L.M, and the importance of being open to new experiences
    52:00
  30. 38.
    Episode 25 - Christopher Ward talks about his path to partnership, Foley Best Self, attorney well-being, self-awareness and vulnerability
    1:02:49
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    Episode 24 - Steve Cade talks Kansas City, mergers & acquisitions, Foley’s people-focused culture, and making the most out of law school
    58:15
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    Episode 23 - Nick Benson talks adjusting to law school, writing-on to law review, life as a virtual summer associate during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the importance of setting a vision
    53:58
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    Episode 22 - Joanne Molinaro talks life as a trial lawyer, bankruptcy litigation, Tiktok, and the importance of being committed to yourself
    50:26
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    Episode 21 - Christopher Swift talks growing-up in New England, advice from a Supreme Court Justice, his international legal practice, and the importance of listening and asking the right questions
    47:56
  35. 43.
    Episode 20 - Anjali Desai talks attorney performance, executive coaching, and creating the future that you want
    46:44
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    Episode 19 - Stephen Jones talks being a new associate during a pandemic, succeeding in law school, and the importance of being present
    46:00
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    Episode 18 - Emily Weber talks the importance of tenacity in a legal job search, working in-house, health care law, and authenticity in business development
    44:26
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    Episode 17 - Sonal Agarwal talks moving to the U.S. from India, discovering patent law, learning how to draft a patent application, and navigating law school
    45:18
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    Episode 16 - Vi Tran talks navigating college and law school as a single-mom, building self-esteem, litigation, and how to achieve big goals
    44:37
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    Episode 15 - Larry Perlman talks about his former life as an internal medicine doctor, intellectual curiosity, labor & employment, and the importance of taking the time to ask yourself the hard questions
    44:04
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    Episode 14 - Senayt Rahwa talks about the Ethiopian community in Denver, Colorado, adjusting to law school, working in-house, and staying true to yourself while navigating a legal career
    47:41
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    Episode 13 - Special Guest Michelle Silverthorn talks growing-up in Jamaica and Trinidad, her path to law school, authentic diversity, and creating a people-centric workplace
    55:45

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