Meet Katrina Cavanough: This ballerina-turned-lawyer is an avid brunch-goer, gifted celeb-spotter and Aussie café regular.
As Senior Legal Analyst with Dixon Advisory USA, Kat’s days are filled with a variety of tasks, primarily coordinating with the Acquisitions, Leasing, Property Management and Human Resources teams on compliance-related issues. “I am lucky in that I have the opportunity to work across almost every team in the company in some capacity so I get a taste of what happens at each stage of the property development pipeline. In addition to typical in-house legal duties, the legal team is responsible for ensuring everything keeps running smoothly from the acquisition of a property, during the renovation and leasing stages through to the long-term management of the tenancy.” Balancing a variety of tasks and roles within Dixon has brought Kat to where she is today.
Outside of work, Kat shares that she loves to just spend time around the city for both exploring and celeb-spotting purposes. “There’s so much to do in NYC - I love going to stand-up comedy, walking through streets that have been transformed into film sets, cycling in Central Park (I only started riding recently - growing up I was too busy with ballet to even learn how to ride a bike!) I’m always eating out and trying new food spots, although I will admit that I’m biased towards the Aussie cafés that have sprung up all over NYC,” she laughs.
As for her team, “Handling the legal side of things can be challenging at times but working with great people that you can rely on to make you laugh makes a big difference. I’m really lucky to be a part of the close-knit legal team. We each have our own areas to focus on but we help each other out and bounce ideas off one another all the time. I’m really fortunate to have worked closely with the Head of Legal and Government Relations, Brian Disler, since my first day at the company because I’ve had a supportive mentor who not only provides me with invaluable guidance but also makes it fun to come to work every day.”
Finishing with a word of advice to those beginning their careers, Kat shares, “Don’t forget to keep challenging yourself, you might be surprised with what you’re capable of achieving.”
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