Five Questions with Erica Tarpey, Ireland Stapleton Managing Director and Business Attorney

Five questions with Erica Tarpey

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This week, we heard from Erica Tarpey, managing director and business attorney at Ireland Stapleton Pryor & Pascoe. She practices in Denver with clients who have international operations and has 25 years of experience. Read more about Tarpey’s practice and experience in her online biography.

Question 1

What is your favorite restaurant and what’s your favorite thing to order there?

A: I lived in Logan Square, Chicago for 10 years. Buona Terra Restaurant (@buonaterraristorante) was my neighborhood restaurant and it is still my favorite place to eat. Everything is good, but their green salad with mozzarella wrapped in prosciutto which is then grilled until the cheese is gooey and warm and the prosciutto is crispy.

Question 2

If you could travel back in time and talk to any historical figure about the law, who would you talk to and what would you say to them?

A: Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I’d love to talk with her about becoming a lawyer as a female when she did, the type of lawyer she became, and balancing family and career and her husband’s career, and I’d ask about her friendship with Justice Scalia and how that worked for them given their different legal points of view.

Question 3

What’s your favorite weekend activity?

A: Cooking! I love to do this and rarely have time to do it during the week.

Question 4

What’s your favorite book and why?

A: To Kill a Mockingbird. I liked the characters and it was so impactful to me because it was good characters doing the right thing. I was a sophomore in high school when I read it and it really left an impression. This is one book I can read over and over again.

Question 5

What’s your favorite movie or TV show?

A: I like science-based shows. I’m a fan of the CSI shows, I love watching them using science to solve a mystery, and the original MacGyver has been a favorite. Who wouldn’t be impressed with a guy who can stop a nuclear bomb with a Q-tip and a piece of chewing gum?!

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