Comfort zone? Not for Adrian Burgos. He came to the U.S. from Honduras on a Fulbright Scholarship after working more than seven years as a banking and insurance law practitioner and as a banking law adjunct professor.
Burgos said he felt the need to get outside his comfort zone and further specialize to improve his career opportunities. He decided to learn about the legal aspects of the financial industry by pursuing two Master of Laws (LLM) degrees, one in Banking and Financial Law from Boston University School of Law and one in Insurance Law from UConn School of Law.
Since graduation, he has been working as a client onboard consultant with State Street Global Markets in downtown Boston, getting more experience in the business side of investment banking, and preparing for the Massachusetts bar exam.
The LLM degrees have opened doors to opportunities he might not otherwise have found, he said. He was beginning his first semester at Boston Law and doing an externship at the Beazley Insurance Co. when he decided to pursue the LLM in insurance, as well. He knew UConn Law provided a unique and specialized academic program but also afforded a number of opportunities because of its location in Hartford, one of the powerhouses of insurance in the United States.
“Needless to say, after meeting with Dean Timothy Fisher and Professors Patricia McCoy [then director of the Insurance Law Center] and Peter Kochenburger [executive director of the Insurance LLM Program] I applied for the program one year later,” he said.
Since Burgos relishes a challenge, his final LLM paper had to be intriguing. He wrote “Ensuing loss as a solution for the anti- concurrent causation clause exclusions” in the context of the property insurance course taught by Professor Gerald (Kip) P. Dwyer Jr.
As with many plans, Burgos' have been subject to change. His original intention was to return to Honduras and the family boutique law firm, steering its banking and insurance law business and thereby enabling the firm to grow.
That's not what happened. “I liked the [American] culture so much that I’ve been married to one of ‘them’ for a year and a half," he said. "My new plan, living with my beautiful wife and 13-year-old black lab, Bobby, is more fulfilling.”