Who’s Who at Hinckley Allen: Wendy K. VenoitDecember 13, 2016
Wendy’s practice focuses on the litigation and arbitration of domestic and international construction disputes, including state and federal forums. She primarily represents EPC contractors, general contractors and construction managers, but has also represented owners. She is an experienced trial attorney, having handled dozens of construction disputes, some involving claims in excess of $1 billion.
How did you get involved in or what led you to this area of law?
I wanted to be a lawyer since a very young age, but I fell into the area of construction law by happenstance. After three years of practicing in NYC, handling insurance coverage matters, appeals and products liability defense, I relocated to CT and joined a well-known construction firm (where I had the privilege of working with Tim Corey, and later Jared Cohane and Peter Martin). I was fortunate to have many unique opportunities early in my career, including second chairing an international construction arbitration in London as a fifth year associate. I was also fortunate to find a wonderful mentor who’s guided me throughout my career.
What is your favorite part about your work/ practice area?
I love a challenge, and the thrill of litigation. I’m glad that I found my niche in Construction because its challenges are tangible and complex and I enjoy working with clients. I’ve found that people in the Construction industry are genuine, upfront and practical, which, as their counsel, I really appreciate.
What are the prominent trends in your industry right now?
One positive trend in the industry is increasing diversity. At the recent Construction SuperConference, I spoke about opportunities and challenges women face as Construction lawyers and consultants. While there aren’t a large percentage of women in the Construction industry at the time, it’s constantly improving and becoming more inclusive, opening more opportunities for women.
How do you spend your time outside of the firm? How does it make you a better attorney?
I believe family is a priority and spend as much time with mine as possible. We are very active. In the summers, we spend most of our free time boating, which I’ve been doing with my family since I was an infant. In the winters, you’ll find us skiing. Spending time with my family outside of the office, and being physically active keeps me balanced. Sometimes it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day. However, I believe that to be successful and happy, you need to be well-rounded.
One thing that your colleagues or clients might not know about you?
I never met a microphone I didn’t like. I love karaoke. My favorite song to perform at the moment is 99 Red Balloons by Nena (in English).
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