Krystle Tadesse

2022 40 Under Forty Awards
Krystle Tadesse, 38
Partner, Locke Lord LLP


How has COVID-19 changed your industry? Remote work is a big one. Most big law firms have never had a particularly strong work-from-home culture, and to the extent that they did, it probably only included attorneys. That has changed, but right now the battle is finding the ideal balance between remote and in-person work. Courts have changed a lot, which has, on the whole, been very positive. Allowing more remote hearings is economical for clients and also provides greater access to the public.

What is the best advice you have ever received? How you do anything is how you do everything. Simple, but I love it.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Continuing to enjoy and advance my career as a partner at Locke Lord LLP and seeing the positive impact on diversity in the Rhode Island judiciary from my work as chair of the R.I. Judicial Nominating Commission.

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What advice would you give your 22-year-old self? Never be afraid to speak first – be confident! Nothing (good or bad) lasts forever.

What is your greatest attribute that you bring to your job? Analytical and critical thinking.

What led you to pursuing a career in your current industry? I have wanted to be a lawyer since I was 5 years old. I went to college with every intention to go directly on to law school and I did. nthe prop Krystle Tadesse holds a collection of children’s books that belong to her daughters. She is also the current board chair for Reach Out and Read Rhode Island, a research-driven, early-literacy organization.