Stefania Scordo: Today’s Notable Young Professional

Today’s Notable Young Professional is Stefania Scordo, who currently practices corporate and commercial law at Montreal’s Kaufman Laramée L.L.P. Here’s what inspired her career path and what advice she would share with other young professionals…

Elevator Pitch: Describe your job in a nutshell.
I am a lawyer practicing in the field of corporate and commercial law, as well as trademark law, at Kaufman Laramée L.L.P., a Montreal-based law firm. I work with a wide-range of clients, from entrepreneurs to established businesses. 

Why did you start working at your company? What was the inspiration for this career route?
During the last year of my undergraduate degree in Physiology, I met an inspirational lawyer with a background in the field of science. The challenge of such a drastic change of vocation sparked my interest. Before I knew it, I was sitting in my first law class. 

I am very grateful for the opportunities that were granted to me during the very beginning of my career. After completing my articling at a boutique immigration law firm, I had the opportunity to join KL and worked hard to establish my place in the corporate law department. 

What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis? The most challenging part?
The best part of my job is knowing that I am contributing the success of my clients and growth of my firm. The most challenging part is managing my workload and tight deadlines, while delivering work of the highest standard. 

Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years, I see myself practicing law with my team at KL, perhaps as a partner. I see myself continuing to grow my portfolio of clients and being an intricate part of my clients’ success.

What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
It is difficult to identify a particularly memorable milestone given that it is still early in my practice. However, I do recognize how I have matured, both personally and professionally, since the start of my career. I would not have become the lawyer I am today without my mentors who have, and continue to, guide me.

Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
The beginning of every career is difficult; the learning curve is very steep. It is important to keep an open mind and consider all feedback as part of your continuing education. 

Where is your favourite place to wine/ dine in your city and why?
La Boulette (I love burgers!). 

Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you?
I support The Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation. I am also involved in organisations centred on career development for young individuals. When I was a student, I found it very helpful to meet professionals from a variety of industries to gain insight as to the nature of their occupation and working environment. 

What to you is notable?
To me, notable is someone who inspires you to become a better person. 

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