Four Years of Redefining the Way Lawyers Work

[vc_row][vc_column css=".vc_custom_1438722127827{padding-bottom: 35px !important;}"][vc_column_text margin_bottom="35"]As we celebrate the 4th anniversary of Hire An Esquire during the month of May, we offer a glimpse into the secret of our success – a team that embodies the spirit of our mission with professionalism, agility, enthusiasm and a sense of adventure. Hire An Esquire launched in Philadelphia in 2011 with a vision of changing the way lawyers work, making the legal profession more agile and efficient. We encourage a balanced lifestyle, which includes life beyond billable hours.

Our company is built on a foundation of independent thinkers and has attracted staff, clients and law firms who choose to be on the cutting edge of change. We’ve grown from three co-founders to a team of nine. In addition to our first office in Philadelphia, we now have locations in New York, Pittsburgh, Boston and San Francisco. Our roster of legal talent has grown to more than 4,000 attorneys with expertise in specialties ranging from venture tech deals to civil rights law. Hire An Esquire has placed attorneys on jobs with AmLaw 100 firms and in-house legal departments all over the country, from San Francisco to New York, Boston to North Carolina.

Here’s an introduction to the Hire An Esquire team and where you might find them beyond billable hours. [mk_fancy_title tag_name="h2" style="true" color="#191919" size="24" font_weight="inhert" margin_top="0" margin_bottom="18" font_family="none" align="left"]Founders[/mk_fancy_title]

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Julia Shapiro

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder

1. What's your favorite thing to do outside of work?

I can't name just one. The most regular are Bikram yoga and anything visual and artistic, from catching a ballet or drag shows and wandering around an aesthetically interesting city neighborhood to making mini art projects out of semi-practical things.

2. How does that hobby or activity make you good at what you do at Hire An Esquire?

It clears my head and allows me to stop thinking about Hire an Esquire. This is when I get new ideas or "aha" moments on business problems or puzzles that previously seemed unsolvable.

3. What advice would you give people who might want to try your hobby, or some other adventure that's out of their comfort zone?

JFDI — the less you analyze and plan for something the better the experience.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text margin_bottom="35"]

Jules Miller at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City

Jules Miller

Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder

1. What's your favorite thing to do outside of work?

Go to the Opera. In addition enjoying the performances, I support the opera and arts education through being on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Opera Guild.

2. How does that hobby or activity make you good at what you do at Hire An Esquire?

For me, being at the opera is a meditation and a time for my brain to rest and stop thinking about Hire an Esquire for a brief moment. It’s easy to get lost in the incredible productions that have orchestra music, singing and staging. Plus, if it's not in English, I have to pay attention to the supertitles.

3. What advice would you give people who might want to try your hobby, or some other adventure that's out of their comfort zone?

Opera can definitely be an acquired taste, but it's way better if you know a little bit of the background first.  Just start with one opera, or any activity that sparks your interest, and ask people who are also passionate about that hobby. I find they're almost always happy to spend time talking about it. You can enrich your life in sometimes unexpected ways and make real connections by sharing a mutual interest.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text margin_bottom="35"]

Andy Somerville with children Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India

Andy Somerville

Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder

1. What's your favorite thing to do outside of work?

Foreign travel. I'd to see as much of the world as I can before I die.

2. How does that hobby or activity make you good at what you do at Hire An Esquire?

I've learned to interpret whether people understand what I'm saying and how to restructure what I say to be clearer.

3. What advice would you give people who might want to try your hobby, or some other adventure that's out of their comfort zone?

Don't pass on an opportunity when it comes by, unless you have a very good reason. Who knows what your life will be like when the next opportunity arrives?[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text margin_bottom="35"][mk_fancy_title tag_name="h2" style="true" color="#191919" size="24" font_weight="inhert" margin_top="0" margin_bottom="18" font_family="none" align="left"]Team[/mk_fancy_title]

Ginni Chen sport climbing at Smith Rock in Oregon

Ginni Chen

Director of Venture Programs and Client Happiness

1. What's your favorite thing to do outside of work?

Climb. I prefer to climb outside, but since I live in the city, I usually have to climb in a gym.

2. How does that hobby or activity make you good at what you do at Hire An Esquire?

Climbing is very black and white. You either physically do it and climb the route, or you don't. There's not a lot of room for sitting around thinking "I don't think I can do that." Try it, and you'll know pretty quickly if you can or you can't.  In some ways, working at a startup is similar. You can't stand around thinking, "I don't think I can do that." You just have to roll up your sleeves and go for it.

3. What advice would you give people who might want to try your hobby, or some other adventure that's out of their comfort zone? I'd say that, no matter what you do, identify what you're afraid of.  If it's a legitimate concern, then recognize it as such and take adequate measures to protect yourself. If it's just the fear of something unknown, or the fear of failure, or even just the jitters, call yourself out on it and push through.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text margin_bottom="35"]

Greg Iagrosse

Gregory Iagrosse

Finance and Human Resource Manager

1. What's your favorite thing to do outside of work?

I love to read. It has been one of my favorite things to do ever since I was young. It allows you to learn new skills or travel to imaginary lands without leaving your home.

2. How does that hobby or activity make you good at what you do at Hire An Esquire?

Reading regularly requires you to become a bit more analytical than you may normally be. You have to pay attention to the small details in a story. My job often involves dealing with various government agencies and their paperwork, so making sure I get it right the first time is important.

3. What advice would you give people who might want to try your hobby, or some other adventure that's out of their comfort zone?

As the famous Nike slogan says, "Just do it" There are books out there spanning hundreds of genres and time periods. There is something for everyone when it comes to reading. As books have become more accessible through e-readers and tablets, people can easily carry hundreds of books in the palm of their hand wherever they go. Asking friends for recommendations or using websites like Goodreads are a good place to start.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text margin_bottom="35"]

Lenny Pratt blasts off into outer space at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh

Lenny Pratt

Full Stack Web Developer

1. What's your favorite thing to do outside of work?

Writing software! Seriously, even after a long day programming at the office I still like to go home and work on side projects or websites for friends.

2. How does that hobby or activity make you good at what you do at Hire An Esquire?

It lets me stay on top of new and exciting technologies since I can try them out on side projects and determine if we could have a use for them at Hire an Esquire.

3. What advice would you give people who might want to try your hobby, or some other adventure that's out of their comfort zone?

I would start small and learn the basics first. There is a plethora of resources on the web for learning how to code, and it's something you can teach yourself if you work hard at it. Start with basic HTML first and then move on to CSS, Javascript, and then a back-end language like Python or Ruby.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text margin_bottom="35"]

Chris Shu kayaking in New Zealand

Chris Shu

Attorney Development Manager

1. What's your favorite thing to do outside of work?

Travel

2. How does that hobby or activity make you good at what you do at Hire An Esquire?

I like speaking with and meeting new people. I enjoy the conversations I have with many kinds of people I meet when I’m traveling and that carries over into enjoying my work talking with different attorneys every day.

3. What advice would you give people who might want to try your hobby, or some other adventure that's out of their comfort zone?

Don't think too much about it. Just do it. Some of my best adventures have been from a serendipitous lack of planning.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text margin_bottom="35"]

Mike Smith at the New York City Marathon. Look at this bro go.

Mike Smith

Managing Director

1. What's your favorite thing to do outside of work?

Activities I enjoy outside of work, which are distant seconds to spending time with my wife and my two young boys, are running and biking.

2. How does that hobby or activity make you good at what you do at Hire An Esquire?

Endurance activities are a dichotomy of both supreme focus and going through the motions.  This can be a lot like a work day, at times. You are keenly aware of the tasks you are familiar with, which don't need all of your expenditure of energy. Then there’s knowing when to lock in.  It's a mental challenge. I enjoy the consistency of the challenge and evaluation in both arenas. That ability helps me be a better worker and colleague.

3. What advice would you give people who might want to try your hobby, or some other adventure that's out of their comfort zone?

Forget about being competitive and find just 30 minutes or more where you can make the activity part of your routine. People tend to put a lot of unnecessary strain on themselves for not being fast enough, strong enough or in shape enough. There are no barriers to entry in lacing up a pair of sneakers. It can be a time to think or listen to music or a podcast. Having an exercise partner is motivating. What never goes away for me, with running or biking, is that I love is the weird sense of pride I have for every other person I see on their bike or out for a run - every shape size, and speed of person. You're out there - and good on you for doing so.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text margin_bottom="35"]

Lia Winograd sketching at the office

Lia Winograd

Operations Manager

1. What's your favorite thing to do outside of work?

Paint and sketch. My mother is an artist and I always enjoyed watching her work and learning new techniques. I paint abstract art with acrylics and watercolor, usually with themes that relate to Colombia, my home country.

2. How does that hobby or activity make you good at what you do at Hire An Esquire?

It allows me to think creatively and encourages me to use different perspectives when working.

3. What advice would you give people who might want to try your hobby, or some other adventure that's out of their comfort zone?

Find a theme that inspires you and sketch, sketch, sketch. Then begin to create your own style and make those sketches unique. Finally, apply color and try all sorts of techniques until you find the one you're good at and the one you enjoy most.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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