July 19, 2013

Emily A. Gianquinto

Emily A. Gianquinto

Age: 33

Title: Associate Attorney

Company: Reid and Riege

Town where you work: Hartford

Town where you live: Hartford

College: Boston University (and later, UConn School of Law)

What I do for fun: Spend time with my husband and our menagerie. Turn our boring front yard lawn into a beautiful garden. Enjoy Hartford.

Friends/Family that influence me: All of them. Especially my mom. She made me the nerd I am by encouraging me to read anything and everything.

My Charity/Cause: Rescuing animals. My husband and I own three dogs and three cats (all rescues) and also regularly foster dogs.

My Passion, Hobby or Special Talent: Hartford itself. I love surprising people by talking about "real" life here. For example, my neighborhood is home to skunks. And coyotes. And rabbits.

'There's a lot to love about Hartford, and I wish more people could see that.'

What do you do?

I'm an attorney in Reid and Riege's litigation department, where I assist clients with all stages of litigation, including counseling and advice on how to avoid litigation. My clients range from individuals and family-owned business to national corporations and the matters I work on are just as varied. Many of the cases involve business disputes in the state and federal courts, but I also appear in front of administrative agencies in matters including employment and environmental disputes, and have recently had the opportunity to do more appellate work.

Please describe your career path.

I've always loved to read and write, and I've also always loved learning. After graduating from college with a journalism degree, I knew I wanted to go back to school for something. Law school was a perfect fit. Journalists and lawyers share many of the same skills, including writing clearly, asking the right questions and listening. Journalists learn something new with each story; as a lawyer, I learn something new on each case.

What's been your biggest challenge professionally?

Being a litigator means being a generalist, and my varied practice means that I don't have a niche, which can sometimes be difficult from a marketing perspective. On the other hand, I have experience in front of many different types of tribunals and in cases involving widely divergent areas of the law. It's nice to change things up with each case; one day I might be arguing about environmental contamination of property and the next I could be arguing about the validity of a trademark. And being a generalist means I'm not thrown when I'm doing something for the first time.

Where do you want to be in 10 years?

Living and working in Hartford. I'd also like to have added a few kids to our household, to balance out the human-to-pet ratio a bit. Right now they outnumber us 3 to 1.

What is the best advice you received?

A former co-worker recommended I use all of my vacation time and that I don't bother trying to schedule it to avoid work commitments. Because no matter how hard I try, a work commitment will always get in the way. He was absolutely right and I've tried my best to follow that. He also recommended I leave my work phone at home when I take vacation time; that advice I haven't quite mastered.

How are you involved in your community?

I chose to live in Hartford and buy a house here to be involved, and I spend as much time as possible contributing to the city by being involved. I volunteer at Cedar Hill Cemetery. I serve on the board of governors for the Greater Hartford Arts Council. I'm a process coach for the school governance council of a Hartford elementary school. I'm a volunteer at Mercy Housing and Shelter here in town, and I volunteer for Hartford H.E.L.P., a clinic that operates out of two local soup kitchens and offers legal advice and practical assistance. I also do my best at every opportunity to "talk up" my adopted hometown and to get people to take advantage of everything it has to offer.

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