Name: Reginald Sainvil
Employer/Firm & Location: Baker McKenzie; Miami, FL
Law School & Class Year: University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 2015
Why did you decide to pursue a career in bankruptcy/restructuring?
I decided to pursue a career in bankruptcy/restructuring after working as a summer associate at a large international law firm. During my time there, I was exposed to the bankruptcy practice and found the work fascinating. On any given day I could be in court, looking at purchase agreements, or working closely with clients on the business side. There is just never a dull day in bankruptcy/restructuring.
What has been your favorite bankruptcy- or restructuring-related project to date, and why?
My favorite bankruptcy-related project to date has been working with a team involved with the restructuring of Puerto Rico's public debt. That was a case with many moving parts, new law, and issues that impacted real people. Working on that case, I had an opportunity to learn about various bankruptcy-related issues and had a front-row seat to the development of new precedent.
What advice would you give to younger lawyers or law students looking to pursue a career in bankruptcy/restructuring?
My advice to younger lawyers or law students would be to actively participate in their training, pay attention to every detail, and always be prepared. It is also important to keep in mind that even the smallest tasks present an opportunity to learn and build your skills.
What does earning the 20/20 Partners Rising Young Leader recognition mean to you?
It is an honor to be recognized as a leader early in my career and have a platform to inspire younger lawyers and law students to pursue a career in bankruptcy/restructuring law.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank or shout-out for their support or mentorship?
I have had several great mentors early in my career. Baker McKenzie Partner Mark Bloom especially has been a great mentor to me. Over the last few years, he has helped me to grow and develop as a professional, often offering advice, insights, constructive feedback and encouragement.