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Nisha Arora, 36, tries to be the best version of herself every day. As general counsel for ERA One Source Realty Inc., she realized she cannot control other’s behavior so “I try to focus on myself and how I can be better,” she explained.

Arora’s responsibilities at her family-owned and -operated company runs the gamut from negotiating deals, planning training for the company’s agents or running to court to take care of some legal issues. “The best part of this type of work is that every day is different, and since we have seven offices throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania, I am often in a different place every day, too.” she said.

Arora completed her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University with a dual major in government and photography and minor in English. She spent three years on the Main Line, outside Philadelphia, getting her law degree at Villanova University. She returned home to Clarks Summit after finishing her master’s degree in law in international business and arbitration, in London.

“It was supposed to be a temporary stop on the way to New York City or Philadelphia, but I ended up getting a job as a law clerk and that led to practicing family law, which led to coming back to where it all began — at ERA One Source Realty. Imagine that I used to work here during high school” she said.

Her former employers, Judge Michael Barrasse and Attorney Brian Cali, have been great mentors. “They both taught me to be tough, to ask questions and to think before I react,” she said. Her mother and employer, Sunita Arora, broker/owner at ERA One Source Realty, has taught her that women in business still face adversity and challenges and how important it is to work diligently to overcome those issues.

Arora feels she is a work in process, said she works hard and has many things she hopes to accomplish.“This is just the beginning,” she said.

Her parents have supported her tremendously in her endeavors and have modeled how to do better. Her two younger brothers have also always been “super supportive” as well.

She prepares for the day with her morning workout which pumps her full of energy to begin the day.

She is a member of the Lackawanna Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and a board member for the Voluntary Action Center.

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