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Interview with Kimberly Brzezinski
Date: April 13, 2012
Name: Kimberly (Dunbar) Brzezinski
Major, minor, and graduation year: Mass Communications with Spanish and Sports Management Minors, graduated in December of 2004.
Job Title: Associate Attorney.
Organization/ Place of work: Andresen & Butterworth, P.A.
-Helping clients solve legal problems as efficiently and creatively as possible.I represent clients in transactional work as well as litigation, primarily in the area of real estate.
-Helping clients solve problems so they are able to have peace of mind.Many of my clients are involved in dispute with neighbors over access or boundary lines, which can make every day life quite difficult.Assisting those clients as efficiently as possible helps my clients get back to a sense of normalcy.
-Dealing with opposing counsel (and unfortunately sometimes clients) that are difficult and are not approaching the situation with compromise and coming to an amicable resolution in mind.
-My work days are largely spent in the office drafting documents and/or meeting with clients.I am in Court one or two times a week.
-I wanted a field that would provide financial security but also be challenging and provide an opportunity to help people during their time of need.I clerked for a law firm in Duluth while I was attending UW-Superior, which provided me an opportunity to see what the practice of law was all about.
-Because this position involves litigation, it is necessary to have excellent communication skills (both oral and written), as well as the confidence to know that you are properly prepared to perform the necessary tasks.
-I am outgoing and have been described as a leader.I was a member and captain of the UW-Superior Volleyball team, which provided me an opportunity to learn leadership skills and responsibility.
- I was involved in volleyball.
-Communication is critical to this position.Most people think that legal studies or criminal justice degrees are necessary to be an attorney, but I believe that having formal training in communications gave me a critical advantage over others in my field.
-ability to communicate effectively with clients, co-workers, and others in the legal field are necessary to career advancement I would like to be a partner practicing real estate law.Good networking skills and the.
-The best piece of advice that I received was from one of the partners at my current firm.I was told to get involved in everything I could and to establish myself as an expert in my field.I recently passed an exam offered by the Minnesota State Bar Association that will allow me to be considered a Real Property Law Specialist, which is a designation earned by very few attorneys.
-You have to be willing to dedicate yourself and work hard.Any practical legal experience you can gain during college is priceless.
-I would have enrolled in more public speaking and negotiation-related courses.
-To be an attorney, any 4-year degree will provide the basis for enrollment into law school.To practice law in the State of Minnesota, a Juris doctorate is required.If you intend to open your own firm (or even if you plan to be a partner someday which is the goal of most private-sector attorneys), I would suggest looking into a dual Juris doctorate/MBA program to learn the "business side" of running a law practice.
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