Lawyer Spotlight: Patricia Spiccia
How many states or countries have you lived in?
I have lived in three countries (United States, Italy, and Brazil), and I have lived in three states (Illinois, Indiana, and the District of Columbia).
What is your favorite drink?
Alcoholic: Chianti Classico
What is your favorite month?
July because it is one of the only months of the year during which the temperature in Chicago is guaranteed to consistently be warm.
What inspires you?
My parents inspire me because they are both extremely kind, welcoming, intelligent, and hard working. They somehow managed to attend every event in my childhood, no matter how insignificant and despite their grueling work schedules (I do not know how they did it). I hope to someday achieve a similar balance of professional and personal success. I also am inspired by random acts of kindness and individuals who seek to help others and improve our society through philanthropy.
If you chose a quote to live by, what would it be?
“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act but a habit.” - Aristotle
What is your greatest accomplishment?
Maintaining close relationships with my family and friends.
What has been your most embarrassing experience at Q&B?
I am fairly new (only four months in), so I have not had one yet.
What experience at Q&B has been the most fun?
QBU Junior has been my favorite experience thus far because it allowed me to get to know some of my colleagues from different offices and different practice groups in a non-work setting. It was a blast, and I cannot wait until we have another!
What advice would you give to a law student?
Work hard, step out of your comfort zone, and network as much as possible. Law school can be pretty tough, but if you put in the time and do it right, it will be worth it in the end.
What is your greatest professional success?
My greatest professional success thus far is being here. I knew I wanted to spend my career assisting tax-exempt organizations, and many people advised me that it would be difficult to get into that specific practice area directly out of school. Accordingly, I am glad I overcame the adversity and got a job at a great law firm starting my career off as I always hoped.
What class should you have taken in law school?
I wish I would have taken a course focused on drafting contracts and corporate documents. I loved legal writing, but drafting contracts and resolutions is very different from drafting memoranda and trial briefs.
Who has given you the best advice about practicing law and what was that advice?
My mom gives great advice. She told me to put myself in the client’s shoes so that I can truly understand the client’s wants and needs. We are in the business of serving our clients, so the key to our success as lawyers is to identify and address the clients’ needs and satisfy or exceed their expectations to the extent possible.
What makes you laugh?
My humor can be pretty juvenile, so anything with Will Ferrell typically will crack me up.
What is the best thing about Q&B?
The people at Q&B are amazing! Everyone has been so friendly, welcoming, and helpful. Also, the individuals in my practice group are extremely knowledgeable in the tax-exempt organizations area of the law, so I am learning so much from them.
What do you do for fun?
I enjoy traveling, cooking, spending time with my friends and family, and cheering on my favorite sports teams.
What is great about working in Chicago?
Where do I begin? Chicago is a beautiful city, and there are so many fun things to do here. The streets are always buzzing (even late at night on a Monday or Tuesday). I am surrounded by extremely hard-working, professional people, which invigorates and motivates me each day. Additionally, my immediate family and most of my friends reside here, so that makes me love Chicago even more.