IRENE POROKHOVA

After graduation, I spent four years working as an associate in the corporate department of McDermott Will & Emery in Boston. The big law firm experience provided me with invaluable legal training in a fast-paced environment.

During my time at McDermott I had an opportunity to work with numerous clients across various industries. One of my clients, an international technology company, made me an interesting offer to join their in-house legal team. I have worked with Dimension Data for two years and knew their business and the team very well, so I welcomed the opportunity to try something different.

As the senior vice president and general counsel responsible for all legal and compliance matters relating to the company and 2,000 employees in five countries–the United States, Canada, Chile, Mexico, and Brazil–I face many challenges on a daily basis.

The intellectual rigor of the classes I took at BC Law prepared me well to handle many difficult legal and business questions related to labor and employment, M&A, corporate governance, and litigation. If I am stuck, I can also turn to my trusted network of law school classmates who will never hesitate to use Professor Brudney’s favorite question and ask me whether I am “slicing the salami too thin.”

As an immigrant, I am grateful for my education at BC Law and all the doors that it opened for me. I am especially thankful for the exceptional faculty and classmates and the life-long mentors that I met there and through the school’s network.

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