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Featured Alumni: Chrysty Esperanza

Company/Organization: Square, Inc.
Current Title: Counsel Lead - Litigation, Investigations, Employment, Legal Operations
Years at Farella: 2003 – 2006

What is your fondest memory of your time at Farella?

In my first year, I had the opportunity to work with Doug Dexter and Holly Sutton on an employment case that was headed for trial. Being a lean team, I was able to dive into the work and help with depositions, trial motions, and jury instructions and selection. Although the case ultimately settled on the eve of trial, I enjoyed the steep learning curve, the teamwork, strategy and momentum. It was an amazing experience as a first year associate.

How did Farella help you get to where you are today?

Farella provided me experience in substantive law and how to think practically and strategically about serving clients. More importantly, Farella had an incredible community. I learned from smart, talented attorneys, many of whom are still close friends who I am still learning from.

What do you like most about what you do in your current job?

The people, the products, and the continual opportunity to learn. I work with an incredible team at Square; we build remarkable products; and I work on a wide range of challenging issues that provide continual opportunities to learn.

What piece of advice would you give to [attorneys] starting their legal career?

Be open and flexible to exploring new areas of practice. With each place that you work, make meaningful connections and learn from other’s experiences to help guide your path.

What is your favorite hobby and how did you get into it?

Long distance running. My older sister and I live on opposite coasts, and we started training for marathons together. We used the 4 hours of race time as dedicated uninterrupted time to catch up.

Do you serve on any non-profit boards, and if so which ones and why?

Not currently. I previously served on board of Refugee Transitions from 2006-2011.

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