Can you tell us about your work?

During my time at the University of Georgia, I studied Consumer Economics with a focus in Marketing and served as UGA ICE’s President. After graduating in 2010, I further pursued my studies at Mercer Law School. Upon successful completion of the Georgia Bar Exam in 2013, I started my legal career with an Atlanta-based real estate firm. Since then, I have joined the in-house legal team at McDonald’s Corporation, where I focus on negotiating agreements, drafting contracts, and securing sites for new locations.

Sumita Dalmia’s passion for helping others drives her everyday life. As an attorney and property manager for McDonald’s Corporation, she puts her passion to work by advising franchise owners who are determined to run successful businesses.

“Mentors were a huge part of my success as both a student and as an attorney,” Sumita said.

How did you end up in such an offbeat, unconventional and unusual career?

Since her first year at UGA, Sumita knew she wanted to attend law school and become a corporate attorney. She graduated in 2010 with a consumer economics degree from the College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS). In 2013, she earned her Juris Doctor degree from Mercer University.

At McDonald’s, Sumita’s responsibilities range from drafting contracts to writing legal notices. She also visits restaurants and helps individual owners keep their businesses above the competition – one of her favorite aspects of her job.

“Lawyers are often described as counselors, and it’s true,” Sumita said. “You’re not only advising on the legality of something, you’re sometimes helping someone get through one of the toughest – or best – moments of their life.”

What do you like about your job?

Sumita always looks for ways to use her talents and leadership skills to help others. In addition to her work with McDonald’s, Sumita and her father soon will open Painting with a Twist, a studio, in Alpharetta, Georgia, where groups can learn to paint in a fun, relaxing environment.

A social media guru, Sumita also spends her free time assisting small businesses in need with their social media presence. Ultimately, she aspires to combine her love for entertainment, her skills as an attorney, and her social media savvy by becoming a talent manager and helping aspiring young artists find audiences.

“A lot of people have helped me realize my dreams, and I’d love to be a part of that too,” Sumita said. “People need someone to lean on, and I want to be that person.”