Lawyer Spotlight: Elizabeth Conti
How many states or countries have you lived in?
2 states (MD and DC…if we're considering it a state) and a short stint in Germany.
What is your favorite drink?
Just plain black tea.
What is your favorite month?
October - it starts getting cooler and truly feels like fall (the greatest season).
What inspires you?
A strong work ethic and determination.
If you chose a quote to live by, what would it be?
"If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals." - Sirius Black
What is your greatest accomplishment?
Having my Comment chosen for publication on Law Review for my law school. I spent a year writing and editing it and was very proud of the end product. So it was an amazing feeling when my school's Law Review chose to publish it.
What has been your most embarrassing experience at Q&B?
I was at a Board of Pharmacy conference representing a pharmacist who had allegedly violated the state pharmacy laws. When I went to introduce myself as his attorney, a Board member asked if I was his girlfriend and assumed I was there for his emotional support. I was horribly embarrassed and offended, especially since it was said in front of the client but I brushed it off and the pharmacist's case received a positive outcome regardless.
What experience at Q&B has been the most fun?
I really enjoyed the Health Law Group retreat in Phoenix followed by the American Society for Pharmacy Law (ASPL) conference. I got to meet most of health law group in person, which helped spur new connections and work. Plus, it was fun to be with my colleagues for a few days in the desert.
What advice would you give to a law student?
I know it's not profound but take advantage of networking. Whether its formal events or just people you happen to meet at happy hour, networking is key to opening several doors.
What is your greatest professional success?
I'm just getting started so hopefully it hasn't happened yet!
What class should you have taken in law school?
Who has given you the best advice about practicing law and what was that advice?
It wasn't really spoken advice, instead a friend of mine gave me a framed quote for my law school graduation and it said: "The only time Success comes before Work is in the dictionary. - Harvey Spector." That quote is applicable for just about anything but I definitely believe it rings true in the legal field. No matter what, if you want success you have to work hard for it.
What makes you laugh?
I find almost anything humorous but especially other people laughing (laughter is contagious after all) and funny animal videos.
What is the best thing about Q&B?
It's a large firm with multiple offices across the country yet it has a small firm feel, which adds to its uniqueness.
What do you do for fun?
Run, kayak, travel, vineyard-hop, online shopping (I'm addicted), watch movies, and just spending time with family and friends.
What is great about working in (your city)?
It's the nation's capital and there's always something exciting going on whether it's political, historical, cultural, or sports related (lets go Caps!).