Marci Kawski, Husch Blackwell
IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Marci Kawski, attorney, Husch Blackwell.
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What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your job and why?
I primarily represent lenders that provide financial products and services to consumers. This is a highly regulated area both at the federal and state levels. The laws are complex and overlapping, which can make it challenging for a company or financial institution to ensure it is complying with all of the pertinent laws.
The most rewarding aspect of my job is helping a client find a solution to a perceived problem or helping it avoid or mitigate risks of noncompliance. The most challenging aspect of my job — but what I love most — is giving a client legal counsel to find a solution that fits within its current business operations or a slightly modified version of them.
Who do you look up to or admire in business and why?
My dad. He started out as a meat cutter, went back to college when my brother and I were in grade school, and along the way put himself in a position to take over an insurance agency. It was a risky proposition, and for several years he earned income only on premiums from new customers and at a reduced commission. He was persistent in developing strategies and sales techniques to build customer relationships and expand his business every year. It was — and continues to be — a lot of hard work. He has now been doing it for over 20 years, and his persistence has paid off.
What has been the high point of your career so far?
The high point of my career is right now, and I hope I can always say that! I’m on the path to partnership, working hard to develop new business, and taking on increased responsibilities with our clients. I work with a great team and the work we do is challenging but satisfying, making it enjoyable to come to work each day.
Thinking back on your career, what advice would you give your 21-year-old self?
Create opportunities by working hard, and take advantage of them. Most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy the carefree moments of college and to keep that fun attitude with you in your career.