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Career Journey

A conversation with Sarah Antonello.

Describe your career trajectory.

I am a “boomerang” employee of Husch Blackwell. I left the firm on a few occasions as I was developing myself professionally, and each time I returned I was able to serve a role that utilized my education and broadened my perspective. I began as a Legal Administrative Assistant in our Washington, DC, office. Over time, I discovered my passion for systems and process improvement and completed my Master’s Degree in Organizational Management while working full time. I left the firm to better utilize this degree and gain management experience. The firm called to see if I would be interested in returning as the DC office’s Office Administrator, which I did. Recently, I relocated to the Omaha office to be closer to family. I am currently in my fourth chapter and third stint with Husch Blackwell, and I couldn’t be happier!

What is your advice for a new hire?

Spend almost as much time learning about other departments as you do your own. Ask questions to gain broader understanding. Sometimes it is difficult to see where each individual position fits into the larger puzzle of the firm structure. Knowing what the bigger picture looks like and how you and your department connect and work with other departments is incredibly valuable. It’s great from a business perspective, but it also can be a lot of fun and can help you meet some really amazing people that you otherwise might not interact with much.

How does Husch Blackwell encourage your potential and professional development?

Husch Blackwell has been an incredibly supportive place to work, both personally and professionally. I left on good terms each time, and the firm welcomed me back with open arms. While I was in graduate school, I was able to adjust my schedule on the days I had class. I even focused one of my large research projects on a firm client (with their permission, of course). I was able to participate in our tuition reimbursement program to help offset some of the cost of graduate school. Now that I’m in a management position, the firm has been supportive of my membership in the Association of Legal Administrators and has encouraged me to participate as much as my schedule and workload allow.

Sarah Antonello

Office Adminstrator