January 13, 2020
To kick off the new year, Nelson Mullins is featuring newly elected partners in a Q&A throughout the month of January. Join us in celebrating the firm’s newest partners by getting to know them.
Kevin Penhallegon, a former associate, joined the firm in 2018 and focuses his practice on the defense of product liability matters.
1. What has been the biggest hurdle you have overcome in your career?
The biggest hurdle I have overcome was transitioning to Nelson Mullins from my prior firm, when I was presented with an opportunity to join Nelson Mullins with a group of partners opening the Baltimore office. This presented numerous challenges, including learning and adapting to a new firm culture while also attempting to grow my practice and expand our client base. Although the first several months presented several challenges, I was fortunate to have the support of both my colleagues in the Baltimore office and all of my new colleagues at Nelson Mullins.
2. Describe how you feel about your career now that you’ve made partner.
I feel fortunate that my colleagues have placed a level of trust and confidence in me and humbled that I was elected as a partner. I also feel excited about the opportunity and am looking forward to seeing what lies ahead in my career.
3. What are your key components to being successful in your career?
The key component to being successful in my career has been hard work and always seeking out new opportunities to challenge myself. I also strive to remain cool, calm, and collected under pressure and keep my focus on the big picture.
4. Who had the greatest influence in your career that helped drive you to partnership?
My father has had the greatest influence in my career as an attorney. He taught me to work hard and strive for greatness, but also to remain humble and continue to learn from all of the other talented people I am fortunate to work with.
5. What’s the best piece of advice you would give an associate who wants to make partner?
Stay focused and don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. As an associate at Nelson Mullins you have an incredible opportunity to work with very talented attorneys on a wide breadth of matters. Use the opportunity to work on a broad range of projects to develop your skill set and identify your passion. By developing a wide range of skills early in your career, you will have more flexibility to build your practice and grow the areas you are most passionate about as a partner.
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