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Employment lawyer Nicole Harvat has come back to reality. Or back from reality. Or back to reality from reality. “I am back practicing, back in real life, not in reality life,” offered the Gordon & Rees associate and erstwhile contestant on the short-lived reality TV show, “The Rebel Billionaire.” Harvat quit her job at Lerch Sturmer last spring — and forsook an offer from Seyfarth Shaw — to follow British record/airline magnate Richard Branson on a round-the-world series of contests, physical and mental. The show’s ultimate reward eluded Harvat, who was voted off by fellow contestants after making it almost to the end. But had she won the $1 million and three-month job with Branson’s Virgin empire, she says she would have gone back to law. “Even if I had won, I would have tried for an in-house position” in Virgin’s legal department, she said. In the end, the reality experience didn’t bring Harvat fame, fortune or a new career. “Our show was not really as popular as ‘The Apprentice’ or ‘Survivor,’” she said. “I don’t think those opportunities present themselves for people in a mediocre show. I mean mediocre in terms of ratings.” In fact, when applying for jobs since the show ended, she didn’t even put the experience on her resume. “I don’t know how everybody viewed being on a reality show,” she said. Yet Harvat’s affinity for the spotlight apparently came away undimmed. Perhaps, she suggested last week, a reporter would want to follow her transition from reality TV into life at a law firm?

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