Corporate Counsel, Kronos Incorporated
Quan Le ’98 likes to build things — that’s why he uses his law degree to construct deals.
Growing up, Quan remembers wanting to be either an architect or a lawyer — ultimately choosing the law. Now as corporate counsel for Kronos, creator of workforce time management software, Quan assembles artful deals with organizations from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.
Building something from scratch may be in Quan’s genes. “I was born in Vietnam and came to this country with my family after the fall of Saigon,” he explains. “My mother was a single mom who worked hard to make sure her three kids would have the opportunity to pursue their goals.”
Quan is grateful for his Northeastern co-ops, which he says gave him the chance to explore four distinct legal settings. “It opened my eyes to different options, how to work with different people,” he says.
Quan reviewed cases and drafted opinions for the judge — his first crack at being a lawyer with the benefit of a safety net.
Interested in working at a law firm, Quan decided he wanted to experience a small firm for his second co-op.
For his third co-op, Quan tried a large law firm. There, he worked on drafting an initial public offering (IPO) for an international corporation.
For his last co-op, Quan took the opportunity to experience a completely different environment, spending three months in Alaska. His work there centered around family law.
Quan realized his goal of practicing law at a firm, working in the corporate law group.