Despite having a lawyer for a father and an older brother who went to law school, Kevin Eldridge said he never felt pressured to practice law.
However, that option always was in the back of his mind, even as an undergraduate studying political science and business. Today, he specializes in health care information technology and its connection to laws regulating patient privacy.
“I think being an attorney was in the background the whole time, whether it was a plan that I knew about or not,” said Eldridge, an associate in Quarles & Brady’s Health Law Group since 2008.
Perhaps it was osmosis from growing up in a family with a lawyer. Or it could have been the hard work that allowed Eldridge to successfully dive into the complicated, highly regulated world of health law.
“Health law has a steep learning curve,” he said, “and I jumped into it right off the bat.”
As a new lawyer, Eldridge immersed himself in the subject, soaking up information from any publication he could find. He also credited Sarah Coyne, the partner heading up the Health Law Group, for giving him responsibility from the very beginning and the opportunity to figure things out on his own.
“For me,” Eldridge said, “that’s the way I learn best.”