Globetrotter, bibliophile, attorney…

Our General Counsel and Privacy Officer, Claudia Allen, wears a lot of hats. She’s also an employment law and employee benefits specialist at Strauss Troy, has been named anOhio Super Lawyerevery year since 2004, and is a graduate of University at Buffalo School of Law. We caught up with her for a quick Q & A to see how she does it all. 

Q: Hi Claudia! You’re always on the go, so let’s start with your favorite stress-relieving activity outside of the office – what do you like to do to relax, and why?
A: I love going to baseball games – Cincinnati Reds, of course. At my other office, I have a reserved parking spot about two blocks from the stadium and sometimes I will walk over and watch just a couple of innings. I don’t mind going to games by myself. I enjoy the game no matter how bad the Reds are playing. I just enjoy being outdoors.

Q: What book are you currently (or most recently) reading?
A: I am usually reading four to five books at one time. I think of them as food – there are those that are “in depth” – more like an entrée – and others that are lightweight like a snicker bar. It depends on what mood I’m in whether I want a prime rib or dessert tonight.  My favorite genre is mysteries – I especially like books by John LeCarre.  I spend too much money on books, but I wouldn’t be without something to read.

Q: What really grinds your gears?
A:  1.) When people use terrible grammar and they think they are saying things correctly – like “him and me grabbed a beer” or “send it back to Sally and I,” etc.; and 2.) Somebody yelling at their kid(s) in a parking lot or hitting them. I keep thinking that there are so many people who would love to have children, but are unable to.

Q: If you could be in a movie of your choice, what movie would you choose and what character would you play?
A: Mr. and Mrs. Smith: I really like that movie. Of course, I would play Mrs. Smith.  Who wouldn’t want to work opposite Brad Pitt?  Plus, I would get to perform all those great stunts.

Q: If you could, what time period would you visit in history?
A: I hesitate to say I would want to go back in time all because of the way women have been treated historically. But with that said, I am interested in this country’s colonial period and I like to visit the reconstruction in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. But I would not want to be living at that time.

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