MIRIAM Foley is senior counsel at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP in New York, and a producer at Sag Harbour Basement Pictures.
Akin, Gump is a global law firm founded in 1945 with more than 800 lawyers in 14 offices worldwide, while Sag Harbour Basement Pictures is an independent film company in Southampton, New York which has produced movies including Some Fish Can Fly (filmed in Ireland), and New York documentaries including Orwell Rolls in His Grave and To Age or Not to Age.
A native of Co. Waterford, Foley earned an undergraduate degree from University College Dublin, and a JD from the New York University School of Law. Her law practice focuses primarily on private and public mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and strategic alliances, private equity and hedge fund investments and corporate restructurings.
Foley traveled to the U.S. “in search of adventure,” she says, after completing her college education in Dublin.
Prior to attending law school, Foley performed with the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York. She is a member of the Irish American Business Network and Irish American Artists.
“My heritage has and continues to influence everything about me -- my world view, my politics, my appreciation for art and literature and my need to be near the ocean,” Foley says.
She is married to the filmmaker Robert Kane Pappas. They have two children, Katie, 16, and Dylan, 11.
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