If Tyler Quillin had to pick the theme of his career so far, he would choose persistence. Today, Quillin is Microsoft Corporation’s principal corporate counsel, a role that has him supporting the top engineers developing and building next-gen gaming on the cloud and devices.
It’s a dream job—but getting to it was not easy. Not so long ago, Quillin was driving Uber full time to make ends meet after failing the bar exam and missing out on a job at his firm. He felt isolated, defeated, and left behind, especially as a Latino, knowing the sacrifices his family had made to give him better opportunities.
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But Quillin was determined. He picked himself up, passed the bar, got on at a firm, and was “off to the races.” And he’s shared his story on social media and with anyone who cared to hear it.
“My greatest accomplishment to date is sharing that story,” he says, “and helping others know that they are not alone, that they can do it, that they have so many people they have never met who are rooting for them to succeed.”
At Microsoft, Quillin serves on the v-team for Project Pipeline, an initiative to help support diverse law students on their path to practice by connecting them with in-house and law firm attorneys for mentoring, resume reviews, and mock interviews.
The Mexican American lawyer is also deeply invested in the Latinx legal community and works to build pipelines to help the next generation overcome challenges similar to those he faced along the way. “Being an attorney is a privilege,” he says, “and being a Latinx attorney comes with a responsibility to give back.”