Senior Distinguished Fellow
Prior to joining St. Thomas Law’s faculty, Brenda Arndt was a senior attorney for international mergers and acquisitions at Cargill. She will teach International Business Transactions, Business Associations and Mergers and Acquisitions.
You’ve been an adjunct professor since 2018. What interested you about joining the full-time faculty?
The supportive culture at St. Thomas. Faculty and staff have been friendly and welcoming – meeting to chat, sharing class materials, etc. This role allows me to be more connected to this uplifting community.
What is your favorite part of teaching?
I love connecting with students. I am energized when we develop momentum in our class discussions and when students ask questions. I also enjoy learning student perspectives on a wide range of topics. What a privilege to hear these stories.
How do you bring your career experiences into the classroom?
I highlight my experiences working around the globe negotiating mergers and acquisitions. My in-house counsel experience at a multinational company allows me to share how legal principles must be applied practically as a trusted team member. I also tap former colleagues to share their expertise.
What is your favorite piece of advice from a mentor?
In addition to being prepared, it is critically important to be open and authentic. I seek to model this in class by acknowledging my shortcomings and by letting students know that I care about them.
Besides your work, what’s something that you’re passionate about?
I enjoy hiking, paddleboarding and boating. I look forward to the warmth of summer and spending time outdoors with friends and family.
This story is featured in the summer 2022 issue of St. Thomas Lawyer.