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Joy Liu, Partner, Ropes & Gray, 37


Job: I help drug and medical device companies navigate and comply with FDA laws and regulations.

Community involvement: Board of Directors of the Food and Drug Law Institute; pro bono work for Reprieve, a human rights organization that focuses on the rights of prisoners from death row to Guantanamo Bay

Career highlight: Playing a role in convincing FDA to change a policy position it had maintained for almost 30 years.

Why this career: Because my dad told me I had to be a doctor, lawyer or banker, I believed him, and couldn’t stand the sight of blood or stay awake in Economics 101. Thankfully it all worked out!

Where you grew up: Cheshire, CT

Why DC: It’s where FDA lawyers tend to congregate.

First job: Burger King (and I’ll still eat there).

Family: Married 10 years, two sons (5 and 3).

Free time: Read novels, tiger-mom the kids (yes, I used that as a verb).

10 years from now: Hopefully enjoying more free time.

Favorite vacation spot(s): Anywhere in the Caribbean.

Bucket list: Hang gliding, writing and illustrating a children’s book, race motorcycles.

Daily habit: Eating candy.

Startling fact: I can’t whistle, but I can move my ears.

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