Akure Ahaghotu Paradis '08
Senior Counsel, Litigation and Investigations
Describe your work: I am an attorney for Humana Inc., a health insurance and wellness company headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. I defend the company in government investigations and, along with the other attorneys in the department, handle the company’s diverse and complex litigation portfolio. I also have the pleasure of working hand in hand with our business leaders to provide legal support, proactive risk mitigation and counseling to protect the company’s interests.
What activities do you enjoy outside of work? As I write this, my husband and I have three wonderful sons — ages 4, 2 and 3 weeks — so saying that I have my hands full is an understatement. It’s a whirlwind, and I’m enjoying spending time with them and watching them grow up. One of my favorite activities is traveling, and I love to experience different cultures with my family. In the past four years alone, our family has visited Spain, France, England and Nigeria. Community involvement is also very important to me. I have the pleasure of serving on the board of directors of two great organizations in town — the Muhammad Ali Center, an interactive museum and cultural center dedicated to civil rights, social action and inspiring young adults to pursue greatness, and the West End School, a free private college preparatory school for young, at-risk boys in Louisville.
Are you where you expected to be at this stage of your career and life? If one would have asked me during my first year in law school what I expected to be doing 10 years out of law school, I would have said “working for the United Nations, specializing in international law and human rights.” But life has a way of working itself out and I absolutely love where I am at this stage in my career and life. I am incredibly fortunate to have such amazing family and friends. And I love working at a job that challenges me on a daily basis while still allowing me to spend time with my children.
What do you like about your life 10 years after law school? I love my life. I’m blessed to have a job I like, a wonderful family and great friends, many of whom I met at Virginia Law, including my lovely husband (Charles Paradis ’08).