Christina is the Legal Administrator in America. Based in Houston, she has been at LR since November 2018.
Tell us more about your role at LR?
I am the Legal Office Administrator for the Americas legal team. I have been here since November 2018. In my role, I support legal in North, Central and Latin America. Some of my responsilbilities are corporate governance, providing litigation support, contract administration, legal research and due diligence as necessary, assisting and managing projects for the legal team, managing the information flow, providing organisational supporting, and reviews – to name a few things! I enjoy what I do – I don’t consider it work. I have been in the legal field for some years now, working in 13 different areas of law and of all of those, business corporate and transactional law – what I mainly do now – is where my passion lies at. These are the areas that gets me out of bed in the morning and keeps me up at night – when you are doing something that you enjoy, and that you love you never see it as work.
Why did you join?
In my previous roles I have worked in corporate and transactional law but from a law firm perspective. Joining LR gives me the opportunity to do this in reverse – I can utilise my varied legal background and apply it to a global organisation and be able to see and understand what legal looks like in other worlds. It is quite magnificent to see LR’s footprint when I go out and I am talking to other people in the industry. One mention of LR and they say are impressed I work here! It is amazing.
Why did you stay?
The opportunities to really branch out and explore other areas. It is the support LR gives to its employees to go forth and conquer and continually think outside the box, to be innovative and be a forward thinker. I am proud that my colleagues trust me to do things differently and I know they will be receptive towards them. To be able to come in and be allowed to spread your wings and grow makes me so happy. Janice Hoppe who heads up the Americas team, and Michelle Davies who heads up the global team have been really supportive and a real inspiration to me.
What qualifications or experience did you need for your role?
I need experience and understanding of varied areas of law, especially corporate governance to do the role well. Trying to maintain the corporate structure for our bodies of work takes proper understanding of how various jurisdictions work. Additionally, having a background in administration has helped when responding to the needs of the team.
Describe a typical day at LR?
I have a proactive personality and prefer to be in front of things than behind. Days can be rally varied depending upon the business need, or what is happening at that moment. Sometimes it is responding to what is going on in the business, so a plan I might have had for the day goes out the window! But it is all part of the territory, we have to remain agile and you have to be ready to adjust your day as needed. No day has ever been the same. It is always contingent on what is going on at the moment but my default remains proactive; less reactive.
What is your proudest moment at LR?
A key moment for me was becoming an ambassador for our D&I group. Houston is such a melting pot of great cultural people from all walks of life. Being able to be part of something so dynamic where we explore some of these cultures and take a real look into what diversity and what the inclusive part means to all these cultures really warms my heart. It gives me an extra jolt in the morning. I thoroughly enjoy building rapport with anyone I meet.
What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
International Women's Day is such a proud moment, women have come so far and there is so much more we can do collectively to support each other. As a women you are faced with challenges unique to us, being a mum, caregiver, being the foundation of the family but not losing yourself in the process. I work in a team that is so diverse and I love it and it was really attractive to me when I became part of the LR family.