John E. Skvarla III, Senior Government Relations Advisor, Raleigh Office
Q: What made you decide to come to Nexsen Pruet?
A: I decided to join the firm for several reasons. Nexsen Pruet has an extraordinary reputation for economic development and, having come directly from my role as Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, it was certainly an area in which I wanted to stay involved. Another draw to the firm for me was that the firm isn’t large but it isn’t small, either – it has the power of a large firm but the flexibility of a small firm. Decisions don’t have to be quite as lengthy as a firm with 800 or 1,000 attorneys yet we have eight offices across two states which is very powerful. From a business and economic development standpoint, we have the power of competition. This flexibility also extends our ability to be more creative and to get things done on a cooperative, yet competitive, basis. And finally, I was drawn to the quality of the people. Nexsen Pruet has a reputation of having excellent people and I always want to associate myself with people that are better and smarter than I am.
Q: How long have you been with Nexsen Pruet?
A: Less than a year.
Q: How was your transition?
A: It was great! The people are wonderful – everyone is here to help and there are support services everywhere you look. I haven’t practiced law in quite a while and I’m an old school kind of guy so I’m unaccustomed to having this level of support but it’s been wonderful. From human resources to IT, the people are phenomenal.
Q: What surprised you about your transition?
A: I wasn’t really surprised by anything. I knew what I was getting into. If anything, my transition surprised me by how much it exceeded my expectations!
Q: What would you tell someone who was considering a move to Nexsen Pruet?
A: You would be joining a firm that prides itself on excellence, a firm that demands excellence. Nexsen Pruet will give you the opportunity and the support to achieve as far as your mind’s eye can envision. The firm is diversified enough to give you opportunities in every area of business and law that you might aspire to involve yourself in, you just have to take the first step.