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.
Episode 72 - Shiva Sandill talks growing-up in a military family, joining Foley as a lateral, business development, and the importance of self-awareness
This episode features a conversation with Shiva Sandill. Shiva is a partner in Foley’s Chicago office with a practice focused on corporate transactions. In this discussion, Shiva reflects on growing-up in military family, attending college at Howard University, and law school at Boston College. Shiva shares why he switched his focus from med school to law school and reflects on his experience as a lateral attorney to Foley, joining after spending a number of years in-house. Finally, Shiva gives great advice on the importance of relationship building and self-awareness.
Episode 71 - Steven Chameides talks serving as a JAG officer during Vietnam, Naval architecture, hybrid litigation/corporate practice, and the importance taking on challenges
This episode features a conversation with Steven Chameides. Steve is a partner in Foley’s Washington D.C. office, with a practice focused on corporate transactions, financing, and international trade. In this discussion, Steve reflects on growing-up in Queens, NY, and attending the University of Michigan for both college and law school. He also shares about the four years he spent as an officer in the Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps during the Vietnam War. He details the wide-range of things he learned and experienced during that time, including spending three years at sea. Steve also discusses his transition back to private practice after serving. He shares how he built a hybrid practice including both litigation and transactions, with a focus on maritime and aviation. He also reflects on how Foley has supported his practice over the past three decades and provides wonderful advice on the importance of embracing challenging and learning that it’s okay to make mistakes.
Episode 70 - Sarah Slack talks being a French major, earning a Master’s in Environmental and Land Use Planning , environmental law, and the importance of being intentional
This episode features a conversation with Sarah Slack. Sarah is a partner in Foley’s Madison office with a practice focused on environmental law. She is also the Madison office hiring partner and co-chair of Foley’s National Women’s Network. In this discussion, Sarah reflects on growing up in Sun Prairie, WI, attending Grinnell College and the University of Iowa where she earned her J.D. and Master’s in Environmental and Land Use Planning. She also details how she was introduced to environmental law while working as a paralegal between college and grad school. Additionally, Sarah explains why she decided to pursue this area of practice, how she connected with Foley, as well as the composition of her current practice which is divided between development/redevelopment work, environmental compliance counseling, transactions and environmental litigation. Sarah also provides wonderful advice about the importance of finding good mentors and enjoying who you work with.
Episode 69 - Katy Califa talks intellectual property, being Chicana in Big Law, thriving as an introvert, and the importance of client interests serving as your North Star
This episode features a conversation with Katherine Califa. Katy is a partner and intellectual property lawyer. A key focus of her practice is counseling clients regarding the selection, registration and enforcement of brands and other intellectual property assets in the United States and abroad. In this discussion, Katy reflects on growing-up in Silver Spring, MD, attending Wellesley College and Stanford Law School. During the discussion, Katy shares how she picked Foley and decided on her practice. She also reflects on her experience as a women of color in a large law firms and shares how cultural differences impacted her journey. Finally, Katy gives wonderful advice on the importance of the client’s interests serving as your North Star.
Episode 68 - Laura Ganoza talks fashion, apparel, and beauty, her hybrid IP/litigation practice, being a women of color partner, and the importance of believing that you deserve to be where you are
This episode features a conversation with Laura Ganoza. Laura is a partner in Foley’s Miami office with a practice focused on commercial litigation and intellectual property related matters. Laura is the chair of the Miami office’s litigation practice and the co-chair of Foley’s Fashion, Apparel, and Beauty Industry Team. In this conversation, Laura reflects on growing-up in Hialeah, Florida, attending the University of Florida and New York University School of Law. She discusses how she choose her practice area and how she’s managed to balance a hybrid practice of both commercial litigation and IP. Additionally, Laura reflects on the experience of being a women of color in Big Law and finally she gives wonderful advice on the importance of understanding that you deserve all of your accomplishments.
Episode 67 - Jaime Guerrero talks white collar investigations, being a first generation American, advice to law students on picking a firm that's the right fit, and the importance of loving what you do
This episode features a conversation with Jaime Guerrero. Jaime is a partner in Foley’s Los Angeles with a white collar practice focused on U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigations of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In this conversation, Jaime reflects on growing-up in San Francisco, attending college at the University of California, Berkley and UCLA for law school. He also shares about the years he spent, between college and law school, working in public accounting. Jaime looks back on the early years of his practice, including the time he spent working as an AUSA as well as his transition to Foley over a decade in to his career. Finally, as the Los Angeles office hiring partner, Jaime discusses what students should consider when picking a firm and provides wonderful advice on the importance of finding a practice that you love.
Terrific and insightful podcast into lives of lawyers
Did you know why lawyers are human beings? Many (and I hope many more) have full and fulfilling lives outside of their accomplishments on their law firm bios. Alexis does an incredible job hear digging into the lives of Foley and Lardner attorneys and some special guests as well. Always insightful and I especially love everything she talks about re DEIB. Take a listen! You won’t regret it.
A Must for Law Students
The Path and the Practice is an insightful, intelligent podcast that is a must for law students wanting to more successfully navigate law school and their future careers. I have learned so much from listening to episodes, and genuinely enjoyed the conversations Alexis has with her guests.
Candid Big Law Conversations
A MUST listen for anyone considering a career — or already ensconced in a career — in Big Law. While the focus is on the experiences of Foley & Lardner lawyers, the insights are universal and the host, Alexis, is so well-prepared and has such an engaging manner (and soothing voice) that she is able to elicit extraordinarily candid responses from the lawyers being profiled.