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Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month – Kelley Kronenberg Employee Spotlights

May 13, 2021

 

Harsh Arora, Partner

-How long have you worked for Kelley Kronenberg? Since July of 2019
-Who is your hero? My dad
-Favorite Quote or Mantra? Speak only if it improves upon the silence.” – Mahatma Gandhi
-Favorite Movie? The Godfather Part 2
-Favorite cuisine? North Indian Cuisine
-Tell us something unique about your heritage or country of origin? Chess was invented in India andMartial Arts were first created in India, and later spread to Asia by Buddhist missionaries.
-Does your family have any traditions that are especially important to you? Our cultural tradition as a family is to celebrate and dress up on the festival of lights (Diwali) in traditional attire.
-Fun fact that most don’t know about you? If I were not a business lawyer, I would have probably continued to act in theatre.


Katherine Huynh, Associate Attorney

-How long have you worked for Kelley Kronenberg? I started at KK in May 2019 as a law clerk, and was promoted to Associate Attorney after passing the bar in November 2020.
-Who is your hero? My parents. They both came to the United States as immigrants and made many sacrifices and endured great hardships that allowed me to be where I am today.
-Favorite Quote or Mantra? If it were easy, everyone would do it.
Favorite Movie? I don’t have a favorite movie, but I love the series Friends and re-watch it all the time. I also love Grey’s Anatomy.
-Favorite cuisine? Asian, but I love anything spicy.
-Tell us something unique about your heritage or country of origin? I am half Asian and half Hispanic. My father is Vietnamese and Chinese, and my mother is Colombian.
-Fun fact that most don’t know about you? I am a certified scuba diver and speak Spanish fluently.


Varisa Lall Dass, Associate Attorney

-How long have you worked for Kelley Kronenberg? One month.
-Who is your hero? My mother.
-Favorite Quote or Mantra? A winner is a dreamer who never gives up.
-Favorite Movie? Star Wars ep. 1-6 and X-men.
-Favorite cuisine? A good ribeye or carpaccio.
-Tell us something unique about your heritage or country of origin. There are howler monkeys.
-Fun fact that most don’t know about you? I’m neurotic about recycling. I have 4 small garbage cans in my kitchen- for paper, plastic bottles, plastic wrap, and non-recyclable materials.
-Does your family have any traditions that are especially important to you? We go on trips.


Francis Magbanua, Chief Information Security and Infrastructure Officer

-How long have you worked for Kelley Kronenberg? 2 Years
-Who is your hero? Richard Winters. Man just did what needed to be done.
-Favorite Quote or Mantra? Do. Or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda
-Favorite Movie? Inglorious Basterds.
-Favorite cuisine? If I choose, I’m afraid an ancestor may be mad.
-Tell us something unique about your heritage or country of origin? Born and raised in The Philippines…Part Spanish (we were under Spain for 400 years), Part Asian, all Pacific Islander.
-Fun fact that most don’t know about you? Coaster Junkie. Not all nerds just sit behind a screen. There is a lot of physics involved.
-Does your family have any traditions that are especially important to you? Festivus……just kidding. We all get together for Christmas.