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Masha Hansford, with Paul Weiss.Employer: Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison Title and Practice Area: Counsel, Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation

What was the most valuable lesson you learned in your first year practicing law? As a law clerk, I was convinced that clerks and judges would figure out the right answer, regardless of the lawyers. Once I began to practice, I saw how wrong that was. The key to winning is to select the right issues to press and the best framing for them.

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