It’s been a busy first year of practice for Ireland Stapleton litigation and regulatory attorney Harshy Badhesha. In between her being a key member of several different trial teams, working on regulatory law matters, and being an active member of the community, we had the chance to catch up with her and learn about why this former molecular cellular development biologist chose a career in law.

Why did you become a lawyer?

I have always been a naturally curious person and like solving complex problems. Combining that with a passion for reading, writing, and advocacy, becoming a lawyer was a natural fit. At first, I thought I would enjoy solving problems in science, but eventually, I found it isolating and less social than I hoped. I love the collaborative and human-focused nature of litigation. I enjoy diving into a client’s complex problems and finding efficient solutions for my clients.

What is your favorite quote?

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.”

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you be?

In college, I studied molecular cellular developmental biology, and before law school, I worked at a protein biomarker discovery and clinical diagnostics company as a research scientist. I love solving complex problems, so I think if I didn’t pursue the legal field I would have continued with science.

What is the next big thing you’d like to accomplish in your career?

I just wrapped up my first year of practice, so I am looking forward to a lot of things in the future. However, the next big thing I want to do is take my first deposition!

Harshy Badhesha can be reached at or at 303-628-3650.