What sparks today’s young professionals to pursue a career in corporate law? Bellevue native Phoebe Huang graduated from the University of Washington School of Law last year, and is an attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Seattle. We asked Huang to share her thoughts on why she chose to become a corporate lawyer.

Phoebe Huang

Courtesy Phoebe Huang

I was introduced to law in high school while participating in Bellevue Youth Court. Until that point, I thought the legal system was terrifying and daunting. But participating in that (program) really allowed me to see the benefits of a justice system and a very active and engaging community. That sparked my initial interest in the legal field

I (practice) venture capital law. I took a class in law school on venture capital, and I was just so intrigued and loved it. That really got me plugged in to the business community that we have here and the different incubators and accelerators that we have.

I work with a lot of early-stage technology startups who are on the Eastside — Bellevue, Redmond, and Kirkland — from formation through their first few venture financings. My stereotypical entrepreneur used to work for Microsoft, Amazon, or Facebook, and now has a great idea and is leaving to invent something new.

In five or 10 years, I want to be a venture capital lawyer at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, and I want to be supporting younger venture capital lawyers or entrepreneurs — maybe even venture capitalists themselves who are just starting in this field and need encouragement to feel connected and feel supported.as told to Cole Paxton