Alumni Spotlight: Alina Zagaytova (2011-2014; New York)

May 6, 2021

To celebrate Cleary Gottlieb’s 75th anniversary, alumni around the globe are taking time to reflect on their experiences at the firm.

Alina Zagaytova, Deputy General Counsel at Marqeta in California, shared her thoughts below.

What lessons did you learn at Cleary that prepared you for your future career?

Practicing excellence in all of the legal work I do while also managing multiple projects and delivering on tight deadlines.

What Cleary person and/or experience had a lasting impact on you personally?

Duane McLaughlin. Duane was a great mentor and helped me get up to speed on leveraged finance as a senior associate, giving me the confidence that it’s never too late to learn a new area of law and become an expert. Those skills served me well in my career in-house.

Why do you participate in the alumni network, and what would you say to someone who is considering getting involved?

I enjoy the learning and support that being part of the Cleary Alumni network provides. It has also been a great resource for recruiting new hires for my team.

To learn more about Cleary’s global alumni network, click here.