Victor Jih | O'Melveny & Myers
Victor Jih's parents were terrified when he told them he and his sister were going to appear on the CBS reality series Amazing Race. "Especially minority lawyers, there are assumptions and expectations about what your career is supposed to look like," says Jih, a partner in O'Melveny & Myers' Century City, Calif., office. "The two things I was told were 'don't embarrass the family' and 'don't get fired.' " It may have helped that he and sibling Tammy, then an associate at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, won the whole contest, which aired in 2009.
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