Name: Pietro Fogari
Hometown: Milan, Italy
Prior Education: University of Pavia, Italy, J.D. equivalent, 2009
What I did before Law School: After my graduation at the University of Pavia, I joined Lombardi Molinari Segni, an Italian leading law firm in the fields of litigation and arbitration. In 2012, I was admitted to the Italian bar and, after a couple of years of practice as qualified lawyer, I decided to come to the States.
Why I chose Penn Law: I was seeking an Ivy League university with a relative small LLM program in an authentic college environment: Penn Law was flawless. The Wharton Certificate was just the icing on the cake!
My best experience at Penn Law: The summer program was definitely the cornerstone of my entire year. Besides the introductory classes, I participated in various networking events and met a lot of people, that I can proudly call friends now.
Professor who influenced me most: Professor Stuart Diamond is doubtlessly the greatest surprise of my LLM. His negotiation tools, which he used to teach through stimulating practical exercises, and often jointly with the Wharton MBAs, will be something I will bear in mind for the rest of my life.
My favorite course: I liked the most the brand new seminar in Int’l Commercial Arbitration by Mr. Kenneth Beale and Mr. Adam Raviv. The opportunity to establish a fruitful professional and personal relationship with such skilled lawyers, in addition to their ability to bring into class their practical knowledge of the subject, was a real plus.
My favorite Philadelphia moment: Playing football with the other LLMs, spending the summer nights at the River Deck, having dinner at Alma de Cuba or Supper, riding the bike on Sunday to Manayunk, and joining the innumerable BBQs.
What I am most proud of: I am really proud of having taken very good grades without sacrificing any minute of my social life. Of course, this required a great commitment, but I am extremely gratified with my academic and personal results.
My extracurricular activities at Penn Law: I took part in several seminars and conferences organized by Penn Law and Wharton. In addition, I was part of the Penn Law Football Club and I also used to arrange friendly soccer games among the LLMs.
My favorite place of activity on the University Campus: Having lunch with my friends on Locust Walk and walking along the fraternity houses.