Aug 2016 | Elissa Romanin | MinterEllison


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August 2016 | Elissa Romanin, Special Counsel, Tax, MinterEllisonScreen Shot 2016-07-28 at 10.20.52 AM


I became a lawyer because …

I found the law (and still do) intellectually challenging and I enjoy a good problem to solve.  I became a tax lawyer in particular because I find it very technical and focused, as well as allowing for interpretation.  As nerdy as it sounds, I love my work as a tax lawyer at MinterEllison.   

A key mentor who influenced my career is …

My supervising partner, Adrian Varrasso.  He is an exceptional and inspirational lawyer and his support and motivation is endless.  I am very grateful for all Adrian has done to encourage and support me in my career and push me to be the kind of lawyer I am today.

I am really proud of …

Where I am today in my career.

Before I started at MinterEllison …

I took the year off to travel around the US and Europe, eating everything in sight!

You can have it all …

It depends on what each person's 'all' is.  While it is definitely a challenge, if you are really organised and have your priorities and values right, you can certainly have a lot.

One of the key legal initiatives I am involved in …

Developing and mentoring our junior lawyers.  I would like to think that I can pass on to the next generation of lawyers the same level of support and guidance that has been provided to me. 

If I wasn’t a lawyer …

... and if I was a lot taller, it would have been fun to be an athlete.  Or an event planner – organising things is kind of my thing.

The best advice I ever received was ...

Nothing is forever, so why not give it a go.  The other best piece of advice was to always be yourself, which I think is really important.

I am extremely grateful for …

The opportunities that have been presented to me in my personal and working life - growing up overseas as a child, interesting and challenging work, invitations to attend and speak at conferences around the world (among many other things!).  Each opportunity has meant that I have met some wonderful people along the way.

Outside of the law …

I really enjoy spending time with my husband, family and friends.

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