Women and the Law Division Executive Committee member Ellen Pactor recently sat down with Bri to discuss work, championship cycling and Kid Rock.
Hi, Bri! Thanks for talking with me today. Let’s start with the basics. What’s your practice like?
I’ve been a litigator my entire legal career at some iteration of Dentons. I do mostly federal court litigation, and a little bit of appellate work as well.
I saw that you’re really involved with IndyBar, is that right?
Yes, they can’t get rid of me! I was on the dinner committee that plans the Indianapolis Bar Foundation Evening Under the Stars Dinner Auction & Gala. I’m also on the IndyBar Foundation Board, and next year will be my seventh year.
What do you like best about being involved with IndyBar?
Unquestionably, the friendships and networking connections that I have made. The people are the absolute best, and the connections are invaluable. I love the Evening Under the Stars event. It’s the absolute best to get together and a fun way to raise money. Trivia nights are great, as are the new karaoke nights.
Bri, now we have to know what your go-to karaoke song is.
Kid Rock’s Cowboy. I’m better at rapping than singing.
Can you tell us a little bit about your cycling career?
I started with Little 5 at Indiana University. We showed up at race day and we were not good at it. I started training every day, and I raced for IU during the last two years of college and during law school. I started traveling every week to compete and started a women’s professional cycling team in Indianapolis.
Here's my burning question. What is the secret to being both a successful lawyer and a successful athlete?
Lack of sleep, I think! It was very challenging when we were racing all spring and summer. I could only be in the office four days a week. It required being super-efficient, being able to work on the go, being flexible and having flexible partners and associates who didn’t mind getting emails from me at 4 a.m. or 10 p.m.
Are you staying active during the pandemic?
I’m trying to. It’s been fun to watch people pivot I’m in a squat group and every day in November we have to do 50 squats.
How’s that going for you?
I missed one day but made up for it the day after.
Bri, thanks again for talking with me today! Do you have any last words for our Women and Law Division members?
I’m proud of our legal community and how flexible we’ve been and the measures that people are taking to stay connected, whether it’s by Zoom or phone calls or a socially distant glass of wine.
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