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Fast Facts

RWU Law has 2,800 alumni working across the United States and beyond!

Kendra Levesque ’13

KendraWith the holiday season upon us, what better gig could a lawyer wish for than working for a toymaker? Especially when the toymaker in question is Hasbro, Inc., and the job is as a brand and marketing attorney.

In that capacity, Kendra Levesque ’13 monitors several of Hasbro’s myriad brands, notably its preschool brand Playskool®, as well as ubiquitous “licensed properties” such as Sesame Street® toys. 

“Hasbro divides the brands up between its brand and marketing attorneys,” Levesque explains. “We’re responsible for reviewing product packaging, television commercials, print ads, social media ads; anything that involves advertising the product.” 

And while the legal work itself is detailed, precise and serious, the toymaker context ensures there’s usually a playful side to the business as well.

“Yes, it’s fun,” Levesque says. “Hasbro stays current with what’s out there – so they have all kinds of cool toys – 'Jurassic World,' 'Star Wars,' and so on.”

Her preschool specialty doesn’t exclude her from such tie-ins. “They really cross all of the brands at multiple age levels – so it’s there are 'Star Wars' toys for the nine-year-olds, and for three-year olds.”

Before moving to Hasbro earlier this year, Levesque was corporate counsel with GTECH Corporation, a global leader in operating and providing technologies in the worldwide gaming markets.

“A lot of people see corporate work as boring and think corporate attorneys are just paper-pushers stuck at their desks all day drafting contracts, but that definitely has not been my experience,” Levesque says. “Of course, it helps to be working for large, dynamic, international companies.”

In GTECH’s legal department, Levesque assisted with government lottery and gaming procurements and contracts, the core of GTECH’s business; reviewed and negotiated contracts; drafted and negotiated non-disclosure agreements; and helped draft quarterly and annual reports.

Her work at Hasbro is “so different that it’s very hard to compare the two,” but since it's still essentially corporate and transactional in nature Kendra feels in her element -- even if she’s constantly picking up new legal skills.

As a self-described “precocious child” growing up in Hudson, N.H., Levesque planned to follow in the footsteps of her TV courtroom heroes, Matlock and Perry Mason. “I was hooked on becoming a lawyer before I’d even finished elementary school,” says Levesque.  After graduating from George Washington University magna cum laude in 2010, she headed to RWU Law because it was reasonably close to home – and because she loved the campus and all the school offered.

“Like most law students, I thought I would be a litigator,” recalls Levesque, who did summer internships at the Providence City Solicitor’s office and at a Providence personal injury and social security law firm. Then came a career-altering decision. During the first semester of her 3L year, Levesque took a contract drafting class with Professor of Legal Practice Cecily Banks. “That really opened my eyes to the possibility of a non-litigation career,” says Levesque.

At the time, Banks was in the process of launching the Corporate Counsel Clinical Externship Program, through which eligible second-year and third-year students receive hands-on practical training, for academic credit, with top corporate lawyers in southern New England.

During her final semester in law school, Levesque was selected for the program’s inaugural class; her classmates landed placements with the legal departments of CVS Pharmacy, Inc., the Boston Red Sox, and the New England Patriots. After formal interviews with a series of lawyers – many of whom she works with today – Levesque was chosen as the first legal extern ever hired by GTECH Corp. When she graduated from RWU Law magna cum laude, the corporation hired her first as a contract lawyer, and then brought her aboard as corporate counsel.

When she’s not working on major international business deals, she says she’s “a bit of a foodie – but not in a serious way, I just like good food and exploring all the amazing restaurants Rhode Island has to offer.”