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Young Lawyer Rising Podcast

What I Wish I’d Known

Sonia Russo

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Most lawyers remember what their first two years of practicing law were like. There’s a lot to learn and sometimes not much guidance. What do you know now that you wish you knew then? Sonia Russo sits down with a panel of young lawyers who have been practicing for several years. They share wisdom on topics like setting boundaries at work and recovering from mistakes. Whether you’re in your first two years of practice or beyond, the advice from our guests Danielle Borel, Silvia Mansoor, and Jess Arena will be insightful.


Special thanks to our sponsor, The Velvet Hammer.


Dani Borel

Dani Borel is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, practicing in the areas of commercial litigation and healthcare litigation. Her principal areas of practice include litigation involving: healthcare provider licensing and payment disputes; trademark and copyright infringement; unfair trade practices and unfair competition; contract disputes; and commercial issues. She also advises clients on healthcare compliance and general business issues. Ms. Borel has experience in representing pharmaceutical companies in opioid litigation brought by municipalities and counties. Ms. Borel litigates matters before the state and federal courts and before administrative courts. She has been involved in appeals before Louisiana administrative courts, Louisiana state courts, Louisiana federal courts, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Silvia Alexandria Mansoor

Silvia Alexandria Mansoor is currently a litigator at Foley, Baron, Metzger & Juip, PLLC in Metro-Detroit, Michigan focusing on medical malpractice defense and business disputes.  She is experienced with busy practices, including handling client management, all aspects of litigation, and case analysis. She has moderated the 2020 ABA YLD’s Virtual Spring Conference Panel: Legal Tech in the Time of COVID-19: Innovation out of Necessity.  In Michigan, Silvia is heavily involved with the Oakland County Bar Association’s New Lawyers Committee and State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section.

Jessica J. Arena

Jessica Arena is a 2014 graduate from William & Mary Law School who has worked in both the private and public sectors. Since graduation, she has primarily focused her practice on civil litigation. Jessica currently serves as a local government attorney in Northern Virginia and is responsible for collection actions, risk management regarding claims against the locality, and procurement/contract review.


Sonia Russo

Sonia Raichur Russo is a healthcare fraud prosecutor in Denver, CO. She previously clerked for New Mexico Court of Appeals Judge J. Miles Hanisee, U.S. Magistrate Judge Gregory J. Fouratt in the District of New Mexico, and New Mexico Court of Appeals Judge Henry Bohnhoff. Prior to clerking, Sonia prosecuted violent felonies, including homicides and domestic violence, at the Second Judicial District Attorney’s office in Albuquerque, NM. She started her career as a litigation associate at Modrall Sperling, also in Albuquerque.

Sonia earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Brown University and her law degree from Boston College Law School. At her law school commencement ceremony, she was awarded the Susan Grant Demarais Award for Excellence in Clinical Work for her work as a student attorney in the BC Law Prosecution Clinic. Sonia’s interests include going on adventures with her adopted shelter dog, Milo, travel, performing and visual arts, and tennis.

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