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Career Journey

A conversation with Angela Quinn.

Describe your career trajectory.

I worked for three years for a nonprofit and thought a law degree would serve me well in a management role. I never considered becoming a practicing lawyer, but I was hired by Husch Blackwell as a summer associate and fell in love with the practice and the people. After practicing for 12 years (working part time for several of those years and becoming a partner during that reduced schedule), I decided I wanted to be on the business side. I assumed the dual roles of Director of Operations for the Healthcare, Life Sciences & Education industry group and Director of Strategic Growth for the firm.

When the firm created the Chief Client Officer position, it was a natural fit for me. Becoming a conduit between clients and our lawyers was an opportunity to combine my two great passions – great legal solutions for clients and how we provide those solutions, which is just as important.

At the end of the day, you have to have a passion for what you’re doing, and that has driven all of my career decisions.

What is one thing that makes Husch Blackwell special?

Our people are smart, grounded and here to help one another. It isn’t about the recognition – they’re more driven by what they love to do. Everyone is always trying to be better and do better. They want to try new things to help clients or to help their colleague next door.

Why have you chosen to make your career at Husch Blackwell?

The firm has pushed me appropriately, helped me stretch tremendously, and always supported my personal and professional growth. Leadership has had faith in me.

What is your advice for a new hire?

Your success depends a lot on relationships – building them and understanding them. You have to know people – what they like and don’t like, and how they communicate. Also, you must have the service leadership mentality – you’re here to help others. By serving others, you will help yourself.

How does Husch Blackwell encourage your potential and professional development?

The sky is the limit here. I’m a case study for that. There are so many ways you can serve the firm. You have an idea and it makes sense? Go do it. People don’t get pigeonholed here. We’re a team. Work is enjoyable. It pushes you. It tests you. That’s what makes it fun.

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