Chris Klepps JD '12

Chris Klepps in his firm's law library

Chris Klepps' career as a minor league baseball player gave him a competitive edge in practicing law.

"There's so much that athletics teaches you about life," said Klepps, who graduated from Quinnipiac School of Law in 2012. "It teaches you competition, sportsmanship, hard work, and how to take constructive criticism. All of these skills are critical to a career in law."

After playing shortstop at Siena College and then for the Windy City Thunderbolts in Chicago, Ill., Klepps decided it was time to change course.

In September 2013, Klepps was hired as an associate at Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C., in Hartford, Conn. His work on civil litigation cases, including insurance defense, professional liability defense and construction litigation, is the perfect fit for his competitive nature.

"Litigation is very competitive and you're really motivated to win," said Klepps. "During my second year summer associate position at UKS, I decided civil litigation was what I wanted to practice."

Before UKS, Klepps completed a year-long clerkship with the Honorable Justice Dennis Eveleigh, who taught him the value of good sportsmanship. He worked with the Connecticut Supreme Court Justice and his staff on several cases and was able to sit in on some of the oral arguments for capital punishment appeal proceedings.

"Justice Eveleigh taught me that you can be a good lawyer while also showing everyone the utmost respect," said Klepps. "Law can be cut-throat and he was always civil."

Klepps credits Quinnipiac with helping him develop and hone his legal writing and thinking skills.

As a student, he was an editor for, and published an article in the Quinnipiac Law Review and completed externships and research assistantships. He also appreciated the strong support of the faculty.

"Practicing law teaches you to value hard work," said Klepps. "It also shows you how to have thick skin. You learn to take and use constructive criticism and not take it personally."

December 2013

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