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I enjoy reading
I am happiest when
I pay attention to what I have in my life.
I grew up
in Shanghai, China. I met my husband Ramesh,
who was an expat working for Microsoft, in Shanghai. I
moved to Seattle when my husband was relocated back.
My fondest childhood memory
is practicing calligraphy
with my grandparents.
I care about
the environment. The environment we have
here in the Emerald City is so precious.
I give back to my community
by supporting new immi-
grants from China, helping them to understand the legal
aspects of operating a small business in Washington.
This makes me smile:
hugs from my two boys.
I am thankful
that I have had the opportunity to resume
my legal career in this country. I am extremely thankful for
the invaluable encouragement and advice my mentors have
given to me.
An item I will never throw out
is my collection of books. My
house is quite piled up with books, but I cannot give up any
My favorite restaurant is
Shanghai House in Bellevue. It
serves authentic Shanghai cuisine.
You’ll find me outside in the Northwest doing this:
ing on trails and spending time with my children at play-
My dream trip
would be to visit remote villages in China
that still preserve the original architecture and culture.
If I had a time machine
I would choose not to use it, because
I prefer living in the present.
My favorite band/musical artist
If $100,000 fell into my lap
I would open an art gallery.
I have been telling others not to miss
the summer in Seattle.
I became a lawyer because
I enjoy using my analytical skills.
Before law school
I was a TV journalist at the Shanghai
My greatest talent as a lawyer
is having empathy for my
clients and the patience to deal with details.
My greatest accomplishment as a lawyer
is that I handled
U.S.-China cross-border copyright licensing agreements by
leveraging my knowledge of both countries’ copyright laws.
The best advice I have for new lawyers
is to embrace
uncertainties. There are always twists and turns in client
matters, even those matters that seem quite simple and
straightforward at first. As lawyers, we need to ride with
My long-term professional goal
is to build a practice that I am
truly passionate about—international copyright and art law.
The most rewarding part of my job
is achieving good
results for my clients.
Technology has changed the practice of law
efficient online tools like Skype for long-distance communi-
cations between lawyers and clients. Meanwhile, clients are
expecting instant responses in the era of social media.
The most humbling experience I have had as a lawyer
working with a very fine attorney who has been practicing
law for 40-plus years.
My favorite app or service for work
is Clio, which saves
tons of time in organizing my practice.
The most memorable trip I ever took
was revisiting the
campus of my law school in China. The campus looked just
the same as what I remembered. It was hard to believe that
two decades have passed since I graduated. What a journey!
If I took one day off in the middle of the week
I would visit
the Seattle Art Museum.
Bar No. 49128
Law Schools: University of Washington (LL.M.),
University of Warrick (UK, LL.M.),
East China University of Law and Politics (China, LL.B.)
the Bar No.
My name is Irene Rajagopal and I have my own legal practice at PAPER Law Office PLLC, paperlawoffice.com, where I
assist clients in dealing with copyright law and international business operations. I have 10-plus years of international legal
experience, including working as legal counsel at Shanghai Media Group and subsequently Ernst & Young in China.
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