Meet Adam Baker - New York Hiring Partner



  1. Why did you choose to practice law and how did you decide to practice in your particular area of law?

    There was always something about the legal profession that interested me, even as a child. I think it was that lawyers are problem-solvers who help people navigate difficult situations. I ended up focusing my practice on government and internal investigations because of Alston’s mentoring program. My mentor was Craig Carpenito, who at the time was a partner at Alston and now serves as the U.S. Attorney of New Jersey. Craig took me under his wing and taught me everything I know, and I loved the work we did together.

  2. What do you like best about being Hiring Partner?

    Meeting the candidates and getting to know the summer associates during our summer program. It’s amazing how smart and energetic law students are and I love to hear about their backgrounds and life journeys. I also enjoy having the opportunity to explain just how great this law firm is.

  3. In your opinion, what makes Alston & Bird a great place to work?

    The culture. The firm prides itself on being a highly collegial place and ensures that the culture is consistent throughout all offices. It is just such a different atmosphere than other law firms. I love talking with new laterals because they cannot believe how different (and better) Alston is.

  4. If there was one piece of (career) advice you could provide to a law student, what would it be?

    Attitude and work ethic are everything. Working with someone who is positive, upbeat, hardworking, and self-motivated is a pleasure. Everyone wants to work with someone like that.

  5. What was the most memorable recruiting experience for you personally as a law student?

    In the middle of my callback dinner with Alston, the partner that I was with received an urgent phone call that his daughter had broken her leg and he had to leave the table immediately. Fortunately, an associate was also there and we hit it off.

  6. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

    Trying new restaurants in New York City, traveling as much as possible, taking a Barry’s Bootcamp class, talking about Game of Thrones (and complaining about the final season), and just enjoying downtime with family and friends.

  7. What is your favorite quote?

    “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Bernard M. Baruch

  8. Who inspires you and why?

    Educators. I was a second grand teacher from 2003-2005 in the South Bronx with Teach for America prior to attending law school. It opened my eyes to the inequality in our public schools and also showed me just how difficult the job is. 

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