Spotlight on Gosia Kosturek
October 22, 2019
Gosia Kosturek joined the firm’s Pittsburgh office in 2010. Originally from Poland, where her entire extended family still lives, Gosia emigrated from Poland at age three with her parents and older sister. To say that her family moved around a lot would be an enormous understatement. Before the age of 18, Gosia lived in four countries — Poland, Germany, Canada, and the USA—and three U.S. states — New York, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. (“I have moved almost 30 times in my life and half of those moves were before the age of 18,” she says.) Today she lives in Shadyside, neighborhood within the city limits of Pittsburgh, with her lab/hound mix Hugo and her cat Maddie. She maintains a very close relationship with her immediate family.
Gosia focuses her practice on corporate transactions within the hospitality industry. Her practice is devoted to representing real estate investors, development companies, lenders, asset managers, and hotel management companies in all aspects of acquisition, disposition, development, management, operation, licensing, and financing of real estate and hotel assets in the United States and throughout the world.
What led you to pursue a career in law?
When I was young, I wanted to be a veterinarian or a doctor like my parents. However, after realizing that I didn’t quite have the stomach for medicine early on, I decided early on that I need a different career path and became focused on becoming a lawyer after that.
What do you enjoy most about your practice?
As someone who gets bored easily, I love that each day and each deal is different and brings a new challenge to take on.
What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
I didn’t become a U.S. citizen until my last year of law school!
If you could pick a career outside of the law, what would it be?
I could see myself being a therapist or a professor.
You worked at the firm as a law student. Can you tell us about that?
Before starting at Eckert as an attorney in September 2010, I worked on and off at Eckert since the summer of 2005 as an intern, law clerk, and then a summer associate. I remember one of my first “legal” assignments was putting several boxes of discovery documents in bates number order after someone dropped them down a flight of stairs. Despite that assignment, I still came back and I’m glad I did!
Tell us something on your bucket list.
I love to travel and always have several places on my bucket list. The places at the top of my current bucket list are seeing the northern lights in either Iceland or Norway and going to Japan.
What’s your favorite comfort food?
My favorite has to be żurek (or barszcz biały), which is a soup that Polish people traditionally eat on Easter and is popular throughout the year. The base of the soup is fermented rye. It is often served with pieces of sausage and egg in the soup. Nothing is better than a large bowl of żurek with a piece of good sourdough or rye bread on a cold day!