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Ndenisarya Bregasi - Spotlight

Now a partner in the firm’s investment management group, Ndenisarya Bregasi came to K&L Gates with degrees in English and educational sociology, and an intent to study international human rights in law school. It was a position as a K&L Gates law clerk that introduced her to the area in which she’s made her career. Not having the educational background in this area was never a hindrance, she says: “We have such a great professional development program and training program here that you can come in with a varied background and really make a career in the area of investment management.”

When people ask her how she marries her passion – human rights law – with her current career in investment management, she credits the firm’s focus on pro bono.

“At K&L Gates, there’s an expectation for excellence. There’s also a very strong sense of social awareness, and a need to give back to your community. The freedom is there for you to explore how to make that happen,” she says. “Starting as an associate, I started doing pro bono work in immigration law, and as my career has progressed, I’ve been able to devote more time to that area. I really feel like I’ve been able to maintain what my initial passion was as well as develop a career in a very interesting area that I really had no exposure to prior to coming to law school.”

Not surprisingly, her advice to young lawyers reflects the personal responsibility she’s taken for her work.

“The most important thing is to realize that even within a large law firm like K&L Gates, your career is yours. It’s only going to be as good as you make it.”