University at Albany

Q & A with Mitch J. Pawluk, BA ’07, JD ’10, MPA ’10

If you had to condense your job description into an elevator pitch, how would it read?

Mitch: I am an attorney with Harris Beach PLLC, practicing in the firm's Government Compliance & Investigations group. My practice primarily focuses on representing clients before investigatory agencies such as the Office of the New York State Attorney General, U.S. Attorney's office, Moreland Commissions, and a number of regulatory bodies. In addition, I am a member of the firm's Racing and Gaming industry team, which represents clients before the New York State Gaming Commission.

What about your job inspires/excites you every day?

Mitch: I am very fortunate in that my practice encompasses a number of exciting areas in the law. From advising clients on government investigations to New York's recent casino application process, state ethics laws to lobbying compliance, every day brings something new and exciting. Practicing in Albany also ensures there is never a dull moment.

How did Rockefeller College prepare you for your career?

Mitch: Rockefeller College prepared me for my career in a number of ways. First, Rockefeller provided me with an in-depth understanding of how government works, particularly in Albany and New York State. Second, Rockefeller provided me with a set of analytical skills that have helped me navigate complex regulatory issues and effectively advocate for my clients. Finally, Rockefeller opened doors and created opportunities through internships that complemented my coursework.

What is one piece of advice you would share with a current Rockefeller student?

Mitch: Participate in as many internships as possible. With Rockefeller's location in the capital of New York State there is a wealth of opportunities for real world experience that complements your coursework and creates future job prospects.

When you're not on the job, where can you be found?

Mitch: Exploring Columbia County with my wife, Stef, and our dog, Harry.