Team Member Spotlight
Mai L. Suzuki
What is your role at BOL?
I am a new attorney and am still learning the ropes from the more senior attorneys. My role is to assist the other attorneys and practice legal work to improve my legal skills in order to evolve into a more advanced and experienced attorney.
Before working at BOL, what was your most unusual or interesting job?
When I was 16 years old I worked in a ramen restaurant in Japan. The practice and the custom of the restaurant was for the servers to shout at the customers to greet them and to shout the orders across the room to the chef. I did not (and do not) like to shout. The owner insisted I shout and even tried to coach me on the art of shouting in the parking lot. I quit after one day.
What is your favorite part about working at BOL?
I like the team of diverse personalities and seeing the attorneys’ various approaches to solving legal problems. I appreciate the respectful exchange of ideas and the firm’s approach to practicing law.
What has been your favorite project or proudest moment at BOL?
As a new attorney, I conduct research, review past legal work drafted by the attorneys at the firm and then formulate my own drafts of motions and pleadings. This process provides me with great satisfaction and I am proud of the work product I am producing.
How has BOL helped with your career development?
Everything. I was 22 years old when I started as a legal assistant at the firm. This was my first real career position and I feel very fortunate to have started my career path at BOL. I have learned so much and was cultivated to be detail-oriented and thorough in my work during the time I spent with BOL as a legal assistant. The firm has supported me throughout my journey of obtaining my undergraduate degree and then venturing off to law school.
What do you find most challenging about your job?
The most challenging aspect of my job is finding synergy and learning to communicate effectively with multiple attorneys who are working on the same work product.
What are your goals/aspirations for your career?
My goal is to be a better, more effective attorney and my aspiration is to be a CEO of a large corporation.
What are three words to describe BOL?
Competent. Diligent. Reliable.
What have you gained the most from working at BOL?
I have grown up with BOL and have learned how to be professional and successful in a professional work environment.
What is the best vacation you have ever taken?
It has to be the trip I took to Hawaii with my brother. We stayed in Waikiki and on the North Shore of Oahu for a week – we surfed, shopped and visited so many beautiful beaches.
What are three words that best describe you?
Forward-thinking. Curious. Optimistic.
If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A 7 course French meal.
Name one thing you can’t live without?
What is your favorite movie and book?
My favorite movie is Gran Torino and my favorite book is L’art de la Simplicite: How to Live More with Less.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to enjoy dinner with friends, watch movies at the movie theater, learn foreign languages (Korean and French), play golf and work out at the gym.
What is your personal motto or mantra?
What is your favorite childhood memory?
It was a snowy day in Japan when I was 13 years old. We lived in a high-rise condo and my seven-year-old brother and I went outside at 7 pm to play in the snow. We just laid in the snow under the stars.
What are your hidden talents?
I am a very skilled swimmer. I started swimming at 6 months old and trained to be a junior Olympian until I was 12 years old. I also play the Japanese harp and guitar.
What is your favorite color?
What is your greatest success outside of BOL?
I don’t know. I don’t count my successes because success to me is a continuous process in life. I constantly seek challenges, and I am always headed somewhere to gain more life experience for my personal growth. I feel that I am too young to evaluate my “success.” If I have to tell you what I am most proud of thus far, it would have to be the people with whom I have surrounded myself. I have awesome family, friends, and coworkers.