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ACC Chicago is excited to publish Member Spotlights that feature a Chapter member in a creative question-and-answer format. 

ACC Chicago has more than 2,200 members, and Member Spotlights are designed to help you get to know your fellow Chapter members better and enhance networking opportunities. We will also archive all Spotlights here so you can go back and access them at any time. 

If you are interested in being the subject of a Spotlight or know someone who would make a good subject, please contact Zack Raimi at zachary.raimi@hhglobal.com

We hope you enjoy this fun feature!

2022 Chicago Chapter Award Badge-Gold

Will Turner

Associate General Counsel, DV Trading

In current position for:  Approx. 1 year
Years in-house:  10 years
Law School:  Northeastern University
Undergrad:  Western Kentucky University (B.A. Philosophy and Psychology)

 

An overview of my role is:

I am in-house counsel for a group of financial services companies that includes proprietary trading, broker-dealer, cryptocurrency market-making and private fund businesses. My primary role is to support the organization’s private fund business, but we are a small legal team so on any given day I am working on various company matters.

I wanted to work in-house because: 

I enjoy being able to support business initiatives on a long-term basis and truly understand the inner workings of the company for which I provide legal services.

The best thing about my current job is: 

Fund work has been the dream (I’m serious) since the very beginning of my career, and now I get to do it every day.

The most challenging thing about my current job is: 

The businesses I support are in highly competitive and fast paced environments. The prop trading and private equity worlds are high stakes, so I can never be on “autopilot.”

What I’ve accomplished as an in-house lawyer of which I’m most proud:

It’s tough to identify one thing. Overall, I would say developing the ability to learn on the fly and put in the work to become a business as well as legal advisor. Despite having no background in finance (as you can tell from my degrees), I knew early in law school I wanted to practice in financial services and have been able to focus my career there while garnering a broad-based understanding of the industry along the way.

Worst job I ever had (not necessarily law-related):

While in law school, I tried face-to-face canvassing for a non-profit. I lasted one day.

Advice I would give to new in-house lawyers: 

(i)    Don’t try dazzling people with how smart you are, dazzle them with how hard you are willing to work;
(ii)    Communicate as clearly and simply as possible; and
(iii)    Being pleasant and relatable gets you a long way in the corporate world.

What I like most about ACC’s Chicago Chapter: 

The membership is vast and active. I have been able to reconnect with people at ACC events who I hadn’t seen in many years (even from back in law school).

Most valuable life lesson that I still apply: 

I grew up on a horse farm in Kentucky. When I was ten, I was thrown off a horse and broke my arm. As he drove me to the hospital, my dad told me: “Son, there ain’t a horse that can’t be rode, but there ain’t a cowboy that can’t be throwed.” I think about this almost every day as a reminder that no one is immune to failure, but challenges are made to be overcome.

If I were not practicing law, I would probably be: 

If money were no object, I would be a travel writer. More realistically, I would probably be some type of engineer or industrial designer.

My favorite movie is: 

Kind of a weird one…The Ninth Gate. It’s a late 90s horror movie about a rare book detective who investigates a book that is purported to conjure the Devil.

My favorite vacation spot is:

Domestic: Coronado, CA is the most relaxing place on Earth, and my wife and I hope to retire there.

International: I love practically everywhere in the UK, and London is my favorite city (besides Chicago of course).

When I am not working, I like to:

Seek out adventure and learn new things. I get pretty deep into hobbies; some of my bigger ones include wrenching on and riding my motorcycle, collecting and studying about watches, and traveling near and far.

People may be surprised to learn that I:

Had never played golf until this summer. I am now on a seemingly endless journey to become a not-embarrassingly-bad golfer, and boy is it hard.

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