Discovery with Kwabena Appenteng

Kwabena Appenteng on crisps, fatherhood and his stellar Kwabena Appenteng impersonation

Published in 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers magazine

By Kwabena Appenteng on January 25, 2018


My nickname is … Growing up with the Ghanaian name “Kwabena,” there’s been quite a few!

I can’t go a day without … kissing my infant son.

When I was a newbie lawyer I … reminded myself daily that I had a lot to learn, didn’t try to pretend otherwise, and worked hard to learn as much as I could as quickly as I could.   

The quality I most like in a lawyer is … civility. It’s remarkable to me how rare of a quality it is in private practice.

When I started, I wish I knew … how much the legal-services industry would change in the decade to come.

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be … a teacher.

On my best day I … learn something new that will enable me to better counsel or represent clients.

I get angry when … I’m forced to put out a fire and resolve a significant issue in an unreasonable amount of time.  

The SCOTUS justice I’d like to meet is … Justice Kennedy.

A different practice area that intrigues me is … intellectual property.

My favorite Twitter feed is … The International Association of Privacy Professional’s Daily Dashboard: @DailyDashboard. It’s an easy way to keep up with the myriad privacy law developments each week around the globe.

I can do a pretty good impersonation of … a Ghanaian guy who was born and raised in the north of England who now lives in Chicago.

On weekends I … ensure I spend time each day being a kid with my kid.  

The most fascinating person I ever met is … my dad. He’s also, without question, the smartest person I’ve ever met.  

My guilty pleasure is … salt and vinegar crisps (aka “chips”), and Cadbury Dairy Milk Fruit & Nut.

If I had a time machine, I would … not use it! 

If I won the lottery I’d … focus on philanthropic efforts in villages and smaller towns in Ghana.  

The most annoying thing about my job is … that I cannot ever get ahead! Which I suppose is a good problem to have.

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