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;I became a lawyer because I have a passion for learning.
When I found out about Seattle University’s evening law
program, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to study law
while at the same time continuing my career and making
meaningful contributions at my workplace.
;Before law school, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from USC (Go Trojans!), and spent my
early career working for large companies in the commercial
insurance and aerospace sectors.
;My greatest talent as a lawyer is perseverance. The path to
becoming a lawyer and practicing as a lawyer is not always
easy. I’ve had my fair share of obstacles and difficulties to
overcome on this path, but because it is such a rewarding
path, I keep calm and carry on.
;My greatest accomplishment as a lawyer is reducing risk,
and ultimately, maximizing company revenue. When things
don’t go as planned, this is often when an attorney’s work is
;My career has surprised me by taking so many interesting
turns. Because I’ve had the opportunity to work at small to
very large companies, and even set up my solo practice, I
learned a great deal about the varying complexities of company culture and risk tolerance.
;During my free time, I can’t sit still. I enjoy exploring the
surrounding area with my husband and two daughters.
;The most memorable trip I ever took was to Costa Rica.
I’ve been on many memorable and enjoyable trips, but Cos-
ta Rica stands out in my mind because it got me out of my
comfort zone. Costa Rica’s beauty is indisputable, but what
was unforgettable was zip-lining through the tree-tops, lis-
tening to the rumblings of Arenal Volcano, watching a huge
python slither across the road in front of my jeep while driv-
ing through the Monteverde Cloud Forest, and getting up
close and personal with a spider the size of my hand.
;My fondest childhood memory is taking trips to Budapest,
Hungary, with my mom, dad, and sister. Almost all of my relatives live in Budapest, so whenever we visited, we were welcomed by a large family. It was nice to be surrounded by so
many loved ones. Also, Budapest seemed like an entirely different world, so I was constantly in awe during my time there.
;This is on my bucket list: The Northern Lights. I did catch
just a glimpse of them from an airplane flying over Iceland
last fall. However, I’d like to go on a trip dedicated to watching this awe-inspiring natural phenomenon.
;My greatest fear is not having enough time to learn all of
the things I’d like to learn. Our time is limited, yet there is
an infinite amount of interesting and wonderful things to
learn. This fear has even led me to use my commute time to
listen to language tapes on the way to work.
;My first car was a 1988 Chevy Spectrum Hatchback, which
reached a max speed of about 60 mph. One time, its hubcaps popped off and rolled away when I crossed some train
tracks. So it wasn’t the best car ever, but as a teenager, I was
just so happy to have the freedom that came along with having a car — any car.
;I would like to learn how to play the guitar. While I love to
listen to music, it would be even better to be able to play that
;My favorite app for fun is Quora. It’s essentially a knowl-edge-sharing app. I love the idea of being able to connect
with people from all over the world, share different perspectives, and benefit from that knowledge.
My name is MERCEDES PARADISO. I am corporate
counsel for a Silicon Valley-based technology company. As an in-house attorney, I structure, draft, and
negotiate a wide variety of complex commercial agreements. My husband Isaiah and I enjoy traveling to exciting destinations with our two lovely daughters, Nora
and Izabella. I can be reached at mercedeszparadiso@
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Law School: Seattle University School of Law