Attorney Spotlight: Get to Know Sabrina Jiwani

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Sabrina N. JiwaniWhen did you join the firm?

January 2017

In which office are you located?

Houston, Texas

Tell us a little about your practice.

My practice is focused primarily on commercial litigation. I have litigated a variety of cases including breach of contract, theft of trade secrets, construction and engineering defects, and business torts. Occasionally, I review and negotiate construction subcontracts and rental agreements.  

Why did you want to become an attorney?

I attended an all-girls Catholic high school where I was taught to be more keenly aware of the plight of others, both near and far. Being a lawyer represented one of the most effective paths by which I could attempt to correct the injustices I saw in the world and have a voice and platform to make a difference on a larger scale.

What is the most valuable lesson you’ve learned so far in your career?

You are your own worst critic. If you allow your failures and fears to affect your mentality and temperament, it will project onto others. Instead of having a colleague see a bright, talented, skilled attorney, he or she will only see self-doubt and an inability to get the job done. I’ve learned that the most important skill you can have is confidence in yourself and your abilities.  

What two or three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction?

I have been working on a large commercial construction case for a little over a year now, and recently we received a favorable result on denial of a mandamus petition filed by the other side contesting an “apex” deposition. It was something we worked on for almost six months so it felt rewarding to see a favorable opinion.

Also, I recently worked on a very small pro bono matter regarding a trade name dispute that we were able to settle fairly. For that matter, it was meaningful that the client (a small business owner) was extremely satisfied and grateful for our help.

What community activities or outside organizations are you involved in?

I love animals and have had rescue cats since I was little. My first cat, Pepper, was a kitten that had been abused. Once we cleaned him up and adopted him he instantly became part of our family, and I’ve never looked back. Now I volunteer at a no-kill animal shelter called Friends for Life where I help socialize “shy cats” to prepare them for adoption.

What professional skill would you most like to learn and why?

I would love to be classically trained as a chef. I love to cook and I feel most confident in the kitchen. I started cooking in law school as a way to handle the stress and realized that it was the perfect outlet for my creative passions.  Everything I’ve learned so far has been self-taught through YouTube videos, cookbooks, and Food and Wine Magazine, so I would love to attend the French Culinary Institute and learn proper technique and skills. One of my favorite chefs is Grant Achatz – his ingenuity, talent, creativity and passion inspire me to learn more and more about food and the different ways it can be presented. It’s my dream to visit his restaurants – Alinea, Next, and the Aviary.

What is on your bucket list?

No. 1 on my bucket list is summiting Mount Kilimanjaro. I’ve spent a lot of time in West Africa but haven’t yet made it east, so climbing Kili is something that I’ve wanted to accomplish for several years. I’ve tracked the mountain’s trails for quite some time, and I’m finally at a place where I’m ready to take on the challenge. It’s incredibly difficult to acclimate, but once you do it’s one of the more manageable climbs. Being at the top and looking back at all of my achievements and the hard work that got me to the top is something I hope to experience next year.