Fast Track 2013: Tritia Murata
2013-06-24 03:59:37 PM
Tritia Murata, 33, Associate
Morrison & Foerster
Fast facts: Murata has an unbroken string of victories preventing certification in wage-and-hour class actions and has been a key contributor in several large employment cases. A versatile litigator, she drafted the briefs that helped secure an appellate win for Orange County sheriff's deputies seeking to protect their pension benefits, and she argued successfully — while on maternity leave — on behalf of a prisoner's civil rights before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Word that best describes you?
Toughest moment in law school or as a lawyer?
As a lawyer, my toughest challenge has been trying to balance a successful career with being the kind of mom I want to be to my wonderful baby and the kind of wife I want to be to my (very patient) husband.
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." — Dalai Lama
Who is someone you count as a mentor?
One of my mentors is Karen Kubin, a partner at my firm who has gone out of her way to help me develop into a skilled wage-and-hour litigator. She has helped me become a better writer, a better advocate for our clients, and a better lawyer overall. Karen has also been extremely supportive and considerate of my desire to balance my personal and professional lives.
Most interesting place you've traveled and why?
Venice, Italy. It is such a beautiful city, floating on the water. Walking the streets of Venice was a surreal experience, almost like being in another world!
Buying things I don't need on the Internet.
How many hours a week do you work?
On average, between 45 to 55 hours on my reduced schedule (80 percent).
If you could take a year off, what would you do?
I would extend my upcoming maternity leave so I could spend even more time enjoying my newborn baby-to-be and my amazing son (who will be 21 months when his little brother is born).