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Would you like to be featured?  We plan to have a new profile of a Cornell graduate on our Home Page every week, and maybe it will be you.  All you have to do is answer the questions at the bottom of this article  and send those answers, along with a picture, to Nancy Mills at NLM5@cornell.edu.  All profiles can be accessed here:  http://www.cornellclubla.com/featured_members.html  

Brian A. Kumamoto Law '91

Partner, McQueen & Ashman LLP, Irvine, California 92612

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Tell us about how your experiences at Cornell influenced your path. How did you come to live in Los Angeles and what you are doing now?

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, I was at Cornell Law School from 1988 to 1991 but always planned on coming back to Southern California.

How did Cornell help prepare you for your life?

A first rate education and training, opened many doors, made life-long friends at Cornell.

Tell us a favorite memory of your time at Cornell. 

Meeting so many wonderful people, hiking the gorges in nice weather, sledding on cafeteria trays in the winter, and too many more to mention!

Tell us a favorite memory shared with another Cornell alumni in LA. 

Touring around L.A. with Cornell classmates who came out for a visit one winter, and seeing Tom Cruise!  They got a kick out of that, very "L.A."

What advice would you give to Cornell grads looking to come to LA personally and professionally related to your line of work? 

I think the legal profession/business has changed quite a bit in the last 15-20 years.  For new law school grads, these changes have certainly been for the negative.  But while it still seems generally difficult for new law grads, L.A. is as vibrant as any job market in the country.  Networking and getting your name/resume out there is probably more important than ever.

Erik Kronstadt '06

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Tell us about how your experiences at Cornell influenced your path.

Cornell taught me to care about issues of consequence. I work professionally in health strategy and devote my nonprofit activities to education-related organizations (Cornell and a charter school system in LA). 


How did you come to live in Los Angeles and what you are doing now?

I grew up here and wanted to be close to family and friends. It doesn't hurt that LA is a great place to live.

I work for Accenture Strategy in their health group. We help hospitals, insurance companies, and medical device manufacturers improve performance.

How did Cornell help prepare you for your post-grad life?

Cornell prepared me to work very hard for things I want. I've never worked harder than I did in Ithaca, and I've tried to carry the work ethic that was required to succeed at Cornell to my professional life.

Tell us a favorite memory of your time at Cornell.

The best thing about Cornell were the friends I made. All of my favorite memories are of spending time with them.

Tell us a favorite memory shared with another Cornell alum in L.A.

I've really enjoyed working on programming and representing Cornell with other alums at local college fairs.

What advice would you give, personally and professionally related to your line of work, to Cornell grads looking to come to L.A.? 

Talk to several locals before you decide where to live. LA is a great but huge place. One's happiness in LA is in no small part a function of how often he / she has to spend in the car. There are tons of great neighborhoods near where most people work. Don't drive two hours a day if you don't have to.

TO BE FEATURED IN MEMBER PROFILES, PLEASE ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS AND SEND THEM TO NANCY MILLS AT bartandnancy@verizon.net 

 

Tell us about how your experiences at Cornell influenced your path. How did you come to live in Los Angeles and what you are doing now?

How did Cornell help prepare you for your post-grad life?

Tell us a favorite memory of your time at Cornell.

Tell us a favorite memory shared with another Cornell alum in L.A.

What advice would you give, personally and professionally related to your line of work, to Cornell grads looking to come to L.A.?

 

ALL MEMBER PROFILES CAN BE VIEWED HERE:

 http://www.cornellclubla.com/featured_members.html