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Misti Mukherjee

Business/Employer:

Jackson Lewis LLP
10701 Parkridge Boulevard, Suite 300
Reston, VA 20191

Phone:

(703) 483-8330

E-mail address:

mukherjm@jacksonlewis.com

Education:

J.D., 1991, University of Texas School of Law
B.A., 1988, University of Texas at Austin Plan II Honors Program
1984, The Madeira School

Professional/business/civic/nonprofit organizations in which you are/have been involved and positions held:

• Advisory Board Member, Northern Virginia Family Service “Companies As Responsive Employers” (CARE) Award
• Trustee, The Madeira School
• Past President, The Madeira School Alumnae Association
• Advisory Board Member, Marymount University Reston Center
• Past President, HR Leadership Forum
• Past President & Co-Founder, Executive Women’s Roundtable, Inc.
• Past Judge, HR Leadership Awards of Greater Washington
• Soprano, Mosaic Harmony gospel choir

Who were the important mentors you have had and how did they impact your career?

My first mentors were my parents, Debi and Tridib Mukherjee, first generation immigrants who have endless courage and who find joy in every opportunity. Christine Perdue, my first supervising partner at Hunton & Williams, was my first role model as a lawyer. She was venerable, she commanded respect, but she retained her own identity. Since my first years in practice, I have had the pleasure of being inspired by many men and women, including clients, co-workers and community leaders, all of whom modeled balanced, joyful and productive lives.

What do you consider your biggest personal and/or professional accomplishment and why?

My partnership with my husband, Mike, and our daughters, Devin and Cori. They inspire me every day.

What advice would you give to a young person graduating from college this spring?

Life takes circuitous routes. Be open to every opportunity, do your best work at every juncture, and the dots will connect.

How do you achieve a balance between your professional life and your personal life?

Luck.

When you were growing up, what did you want to be?

An actress.

What is your favorite book or movie and why?

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See. It describes the enduring and sustaining power of female friendship.

What are two things about you that not many people know?

I grew up in West Africa, and I relax by making soup.

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