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Atman Shukla, partner at Sidley Austin LLP, is today’s featured Forty Under 40 honoree. 

Shukla got into the oil and gas industry as a lawyer in 2010—a time where the energy business was constantly innovating because of the shale boom. In his career, he has seen many changes and gotten to work on complicated deals for major industry players. 

Shukla preaches good leadership as reliability, resourcefulness and empathy. But it’s from colleagues that he learned how to be a strong leader himself. 

“I’ve been lucky to have been around very inspiring senior lawyers, so for me it’s easy. I just try to develop the qualities that I’ve appreciated in others throughout my career,” said Shukla. 

Shukla also emphasizes the importance of having a long-term perspective and healthy channels outside of work. 

“It’s important to have outlets that are healthy, refreshing and restorative and to find a work environment where colleagues respect and encourage your committed priorities. It’s key both for career success and for long-term health to find something constructive to do away from the desk. To quote ‘The Shining’: ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” said Shukla.

Outside of work, Shukla can be found balancing his career with life at home. He and his wife have two children under the age of five and enjoy working with charitable organizations like Magic Bus U.S.A., a global nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty for you people in India. 

Click here for Atman Shukla's full profile. 

Take a look at all of the Forty Under 40 honorees. 

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