Women's Leadership InitiativeQ&A with Abby Chin

Abby Chin is an associate in the Litigation Department and a member of the firm’s sports law practice. Her practice focuses on general commercial litigation as well as assisting individual athletes with professional career opportunities.

Describe a pivotal moment that influenced your career path.

A pivotal moment in my career would be participating in the Columbus Bar Association’s Minority Clerkship Program. I am always thankful for that moment because it led me to Porter Wright, the wonderful people working here, and the start of my career.

What advice would you give to women just starting out at a law firm?

Be willing to explore all areas of the law and work with as many different people as possible. Law touches all subjects matters, many that were never covered in law school. Take the time to discover what you will enjoy practicing every day.

How has your previous experience helped you in your current role at Porter Wright?

My previous experience as a collegiate athlete helped me learn a lot of skills I use today.  With long practice hours and the expectation to do well in my classes, it taught me effective planning and time management, along with perseverance and how to work within a team.

If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would he/she be and why?

Queen (including Freddie Mercury). Queen is one of my favorite bands  and “Don’t Stop Me Now” was my go-to, pump-up race song. I’d love for the chance to talk with the band and hear Freddie sing live.

Complete the sentence: “If I wasn’t an attorney, I would be a…”

Swim coach. Before becoming an attorney, I was a swim coach for eight years. I loved being able to teach the kids about the sport that provided me with so much.