In a Law.com article published on September 8, 2022, Kelly Bundy was featured in a Q&A as part of Law.com’s “How I Made Partner” series. Bundy provided insight on her career, as well as lessons learned leading up to and following her appointment to partner in 2021.
In the profile, Bundy discussed the factors that drew her to Hirschler, including the firm’s respected attorneys, challenging work, and clients she admired. Addressing what the firm looks for in its partners, she said “Hirschler values well-rounded lawyers, lawyers who not only provide high-caliber legal advice and client service, but who also give back to their community, the firm and the profession.”
Reflecting on her trajectory to partner, Bundy noted, “During my time as an associate, I worked to hone my legal skills and provide excellent service, but also to create opportunities for myself – defining an industry niche early on; serving on firm committees; being intentional about marketing and business development; and becoming involved in community and industry groups like the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law."
Looking forward, Bundy spoke to the importance of sustained growth, saying that the most successful lawyers continue to practice as students, striving to learn and hone their skills. “The most successful firms are those whose partners strive to lead by example and who consistently work to make the firm more diverse, equitable, inclusive and successful,” she added. “As a new partner, I feel renewed energy to help lead our diversity, equity and inclusion committee and enhance the firm’s DEI efforts.” Beyond the firm’s DEI activity, Bundy also shared her big picture hopes to leave the profession more diverse, equitable and inclusive by encouraging systemic change to outdated systems and policies, as well as leading important and uncomfortable conversations to effect positive change.
In addition to leadership in DEI efforts generally, Bundy also highlighted the importance of mentorship as a partner to help continue developing the firm’s rising talent. She imparted some advice to associates interested in climbing the ranks to partnerships, saying, “Take ownership of your career. Do not rely upon others to set your boundaries, define your niche, or seek out opportunities for you.”
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Luis F. Ruiz