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I learned that hard work does indeed payoff and you can always turn your life around. If you are persistent, goal oriented, and take the time to work on what matters, you will go as far as you want. RMU pushed me to do well and succeed in school and that work ethic has stuck with me ever since.
One of the significant events in the life of every lawyer is being sworn in as a brand new attorney. On November 6, 2014, RMU Alumnus, Brandon Operana reached this pivotal milestone in his career after he successfully passed his Illinois Bar. Brandon attended Robert Morris University at the Orland Park and Chicago campuses, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Office Administration in 2010. He went on to receive his Juris Doctor from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. Brandon currently works as an attorney and is the owner of Operana Law Office, PLLC, with offices located in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Chicago, Illinois. His firm specializes in cases related to Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability, Employment Law, and Long Term Disability (ERISA Litigation). He is admitted to practice in both Illinois and Minnesota, as well as Federal District Court. His firm has extended its reach nationwide and now represents consumers throughout the country with ERISA and SSD claims.
While at RMU, Brandon gained many valuable skills through both the courses he took and the extracurricular activities he participated in. His RMU experience also helped him in his everyday life. For example, his involvement in a work-study position in the maintenance department taught him how to perform useful repairs. Reflecting on his time at RMU, Brandon states, “Without RMU, I would not have gone down the path I went on and would not be where I am today. The ‘hands-on’ education, [helpful professors, and networking opportunities] definitely helped me.”
Brandon views finishing law school as one of his major accomplishments. Even though he knew it would not be an easy task, he was surprised to find out what was truly in store. Looking back at his time in law school, he shares, “After my first semester, I did not do as well as I hoped and was ready to switch paths to pursue other careers. Yet, I decided that I had to stick with it and not let ‘it’ win. I ended up doing much better for the rest of my law school career, successfully graduated, and passed the Bar to become an attorney.”
As Brandon reflects on his journey, he acknowledges three S’s that have brought him where he is today: Setting Goals, Socializing, and Studying. He views setting goals as the number one thing that has kept him moving forward. “Whether your goal is to get an A on a test, more sales this month than last, or buy your dream car, you have to have something to work for…If you have something to strive towards, you will always have a challenge to face,” he states.
Socializing not only means networking but also being personable to Brandon. Although expertise may land the job, applicants may have to rely on who they know in order to land the interview. “In the legal field, where lawyers do not exist without clients, it is always important to get out there, market yourself, and make connections,” Brandon suggests to those pursuing a profession in law.
Studying is important in all facets of life, not just education. Success involves knowledge of the field, but to retain this standing, it is always important to keep working on the craft. “Although I have completed my education, I still feel that I can always make myself better. Therefore, I still read books and constantly follow up on the changes in the legal field so I am always prepared for the future,” he reflects.
Brandon Operana has turned his passion for law into a successful career, thanks to his constant persistence. “I learned that hard work does indeed payoff and you can always turn your life around. If you are persistent, goal oriented, and take the time to work on what matters, you will go as far as you want. RMU pushed me to do well and succeed in school and that work ethic has stuck with me ever since.”