How did you get started in your current area of practice?
I made a role switch a couple of years ago from IP to a product attorney role. I'm a product attorney in the devices group, so I am the frontline support for any issues that arise relating to the products and services my clients produce.
Is there a typical day for someone in your practice area? If so, what is it like? If not, what types of experiences can you have from day-to-day?
That's one of the great parts about my role—there is no typical day. In a given week, I might deal with trade secrets, employment law, trade, privacy, or contract negotiation.
Are there certain skills and personality traits that are important in your practice area?
Be a constant listener, question asker, and learner. A passion for tech is important.
What is the most fulfilling part of your practice?
I believe in the work Microsoft is doing, and I can see the actual business impact in my decisions that helps Microsoft in its mission. Ambiguity and uncertainty keep things interesting and challenging in my practice area.
How did Rutgers Law help prepare you for this work?
Rutgers offered me the platform to start my career in IP and build connections in the Philadelphia community, which landed me the role at Microsoft. I wish I'd done more clinics in law school too—practical experience really helps.
Are there any external groups, organizations, etc., that focus on your practice area?
My practice covers a lot of areas, so for me, the South Asian Bar Association has been a huge boost in my career.