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On this page we share interviews by Board Member and
Labor & Employment Law Committee Co-chair Tejash V. Sanchala, Esq. 
with WCBA members about their experiences and insights.
The articles were originally published in the Member Spotlight column in
the WCBA's Westchester Lawyer magazine, We hope you are inspired by
their stories!

Tejash welcomes your comments and suggestions for future columns.
He can be reached here.



Jessica Thaler-Parker



Number of Years as a Member of the WCBA and positions held: I joined the WCBA in 2013 when I moved to Westchester to work for a non-profit. I first served on the House of Delegates on behalf of the WCBA, and I am now on the Nominating Committee on behalf of the 9th JD. I am the co-chair for Lawyers in Transition and In-House Committees and serve on the board as WCBA’s assistant secretary.

My current job and practice area are: I work in a non-legal capacity, doing regulatory change and project management for a major financial institution.

How I became a transactional in-house attorney: I spent the first eight years of my career working as a corporate associate in NYC before starting a solo practice where I acted as “in-house” counsel to a number of small companies. In 2013, I became the CLO for a Westchester-based non-profit. After my position was eliminated, I began work through Bliss Attorneys (a long-term secondment placement firm) at an international financial institution. After a year and half working in its legal department, I was brought in as a permanent employee on the business side, where I work closely with legal and compliance staff as well as back and front office.

My legal mentors were: I’ve been lucky to have many. One of which was Judge Milton Mollen who lived down the hall from me during law school, offered to help me study for the criminal law section of the bar exam, and who I would continue to see at Villa Berulia, a restaurant in our neighborhood, until his recent passing. Another was Steve Brodie, a partner I worked with for over five years and with two firms. He taught me how to draft and negotiate.  There were many others through my bar association memberships who guided me through career transitions.

If I were not practicing law I would be: running a B&B in the Berkshires, hosting small celebrations, managing a phenomenal and eclectic wine and bourbon list, and meeting all the international travelers who would make their way there.

People may be surprised to learn: I started college as a fine arts major and recently illustrated a children’s book.

The best thing I did to improve my skill set as an attorney:  learned how to draft clearly and simply—and to proofread multiple times.

What I splurge on: travel. We have a world map with push pins of where we’ve been and want to go. I am always adding more.

The best hour of my day is: early evening, after I get home, when I cook dinner with my husband and talk about our day’s events.

Favorite movies: Mary Poppins, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Beaches, Xanadu, and The Princess Bride. I’m a bit of a sap and a bit of a kid at heart.

Favorite meal: sushi.

My favorite vacation was: toss up among Africa, the Galapagos and my honeymoon seeing the Northern Lights in Norway.

One of my favorite things to do in Westchester:  explore new restaurants and go to our standbys such as MP Taverna in Irvington and Cedar Street Grill in Dobbs Ferry, which is where I had my first date with my now husband, and where he proposed.

Best advice I ever got:  when looking for a position, focus on those you will be working with because they are the ones  you will be spending your time with, lunches with, late nights in a conference room with and, if you don’t like them, you will not like your job.

Last time I was out of my comfort zone: today and every day at work. My job is all about new laws and regulations, so I’m constantly learning new things and figuring out how to apply them. That’s what I thrive on—learning. The best way to learn is by pushing the envelope and getting out of your comfort zone as often as possible.

One of my future ambitions is to: own a B&B with a wine and bourbon bar in the Berkshires.

My favorite part of being involved with the WCBA: the camaraderie. It is a wonderful group of people from different backgrounds, with different ambitions and experiences.  The conversations are always new and interesting.


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