Practice Area: Commercial litigation
Law School: University of Kansas
One of Julie Parisi’s sub-specialties is “space law.” After joining Seigfreid Bingham in 2016, she helped to represent a client who had purchased a bag used by Apollo 11 to collect the first lunar samples. The federal government contested that ownership, but Parisi and her client won. Now other owners of lunar artifacts have contacted the firm for help in quieting title to those items in similar litigation.
In earth-related matters, Parisi has worked on many high-stakes cases involving Seigfreid’s most important clients. In one major “bet-the-company” FLSA class-action suit against TransAm Trucking Inc., for instance, her work on dispositive and decertification motions helped the defense team to convince the court to dismiss virtually all asserted claims.
In Parisi’s spare time, she has volunteered at food-and-diaper drives and high-school mock-trial competitions through the Lawyers Association of Kansas City, in which she serves on the board of the Young Lawyers Section.
What is the best career advice you have received?
Make yourself indispensable to your boss. To me, that means learning to anticipate follow-up questions and being prepared to answer them, doing the little things right, being easy to work with — in other words, being reliable.
What advice do you have for young lawyers?
Embrace being a rookie. When starting out, there is no expectation that you will know how to do everything — or really anything. So my advice is to take advantage of that. Tag along to every meeting, deposition and hearing that you can, and ask questions afterwards. Pay attention to how attorneys talk to their clients and each other. Just absorb as much as possible in that grace period.
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