In her role as compliance counsel at Pall Corporation, Heena Arora makes it a point to keep her finger on the pulse of new developments in the regulatory and compliance space. She supports all aspects of Pall’s global compliance program including internal investigations, risk assessments, auditing and monitoring, policy enhancements, enterprise risk management, and training and communications.
Earlier in her career, Arora remembers the power and responsibility of trying cases as prosecutor, and it taught her just how crucial it is to trust one’s judgment. “Gaining this experience gave me the courage to pursue any field of law I felt passionate about because when you are given adequate training you can excel,” the lawyer says.
Arora says going in-house was challenging because she didn’t study compliance in law school but became passionate about the field during the pandemic. She overcame this knowledge gap by continuing her legal education, reading countless articles, and “working ten times harder” to become a subject-matter expert.
Someday, Arora hopes to act as chief ethics compliance officer or general counsel at a Fortune 500 multinational company, but for now she’s excited to continue to build compliance programs from the ground-up and tackle complex legal issues.
Arora also leads the pro bono clinic and is general director of the Chicago chapter of the South Asian Bar Association, which provides indigent members of the community receive free legal assistance, and is a special project coordinator for the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. “I am part of a variety of bar associations because that is how I learned to be a practical attorney, giving up time out of my day-to-day to impact the community is only seen as beneficial to me.”