What are some of your proudest recent achievements?

I am continually inspired by the performance of our litigation group, which has once again racked up a number of impressive and precedent-setting wins over the last year across a wide range of industries and practice areas. These include two court wins for Fiat Chrysler that clarified important principles of labor law; a major victory on behalf of Goldman Sachs in an employment class action; a victory for Micro Systems Engineering in which the partners parachuted into the case just four months before trial; a number of securities victories on behalf of several clients; and a major pro bono win in a case affirming the citizenship of children of same-sex parents born overseas.

More than any of our team’s wins over the last year, however, I have been proud of and inspired by the way in which we came together to continue our successful work in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. From the moment the crisis began, I was determined that our clients would never notice a difference in the level of service that they received from us. I am proud to say that even as we moved to a 100% remote workforce, we achieved this goal. We did it not just by working harder for our clients, but also by looking out for each other: From colleagues covering for those needing to take care of small children, to arranging virtual coffees and cocktails for colleagues who are sheltering alone and feeling the isolation, to the tone of civility that now permeates almost all proceedings, to the many efforts to give back—from pro bono to blood donation and beyond.

Name a lawyer or mentor whose leadership inspired you.

I have had memorable mentors throughout every phase of my career, but I am particularly grateful for the very different but very wise counsel of Phil Graham and David Tulchin. From my earliest days as an associate, these partners supported me and allowed me to develop my own style. Both continue to serve as mentors to me throughout my career, even up to today—despite the fact that they are (technically) retired. This culture of mentorship and collaboration that S&C fosters is the reason for my successes and really every litigator’s success.

How are the business and profession of law changing, and how should lawyers adapt for the future?

While the business and profession of law may change, lawyers must still remember that good lawyering will always be a function of keen analysis, hard work, preparation and skillful execution. At the same time, lawyers must be open to new ideas and be able to separate fads from innovation. They must also embrace diversity, which is a catalyst for creativity and growth.

What is the best advice for someone considering a career in law, or someone already in the profession who is seeking to make a greater impact?

Don’t say no to opportunity, don’t be afraid to have questions and come to your partners and colleagues with questions, but even more importantly, come with proposed answers. I would also encourage young attorneys who are looking to practice in any particular area—don’t be afraid to get some experience in other areas as well. I believe that the broader exposure you get, the better lawyer you will be.


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