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Getting to Know: Rose Nankervis


Rose Nankervis, an associate at Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney, LLP, specializes in two main areas of employment law: advice and counseling, and litigation. Rose represents and counsels employers on a wide variety of state, federal, and local law matters ranging from general employment issues to contractual and civil rights issues, and has extensive experience handling all aspects of employment litigation, including discovery, drafting pleadings, briefs, motions, and interviewing and preparing witnesses. Before joining HNRK in May, Rose was an associate at Nixon Peabody LLP. A bit more about Rose follows.


As a women-owned boutique based exclusively in New York, HNRK is a unique place to work. What drew you to the firm? 


HNRK stood out as the firm I wanted to be a part of for several reasons. First, since it is a women-owned firm, I knew I would have the opportunity to learn from very impressive and talented female attorneys who would serve as great mentors. Second, HNRK is a boutique firm that truly fosters a familial and collegial atmosphere, especially one where successful and bright women surround me. Lastly, I knew that HNRK was a place where my contributions and thought processes would be recognized, supported, and appreciated.


What is the most rewarding part of your job?  


It is always very rewarding and fulfilling when I am able to help clients in need and make an impact, no matter how small; whether that be brightening someone’s day with a settlement victory or simply being there for a client who needs to talk through an important life or business decision.


As someone who has spent the majority of her career in employment law, what drew you to this particular practice area?


As an employment lawyer, the questions you are faced with are not always legal in nature. This practice area is rather unique in that you also have to counsel clients on sensitive business decisions as you are usually dealing with individuals’ livelihoods. Thus, what drew me to this particular practice area is the personal aspect of the job and the chance to connect and engage with clients on a more personal level.


What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?


This will likely sound surprising to most people, but I love to bowl, and I have been bowling since I was about 10 years old. I bowled throughout high school and college, and I still participate in bowling leagues on an almost weekly basis.


What is one thing you can’t live without and why?


I have to choose just one?! If so, then potatoes! I love all kinds of potatoes. It would be a sad day for me if I was no longer able to eat any form of potato. On a more serious note, although it may sound cliché, I would not survive without my family, who is my support system, especially my fiancé Leigh, and my dog Neve.


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