Meet Courtney Wright - Los Angeles Hiring Partner



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

    I wanted to get a graduate degree but couldn’t decide whether to get an MBA or JD – I really enjoyed reading and writing but also had an interest in the finance world.  I then decided that if chose to go to law school, I wanted to pursue a transactional law practice which would satisfy my interest in business. 

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

    I like working with my colleagues to find the best candidates. It helps me get to know my peers better and the practices the firm. 

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

    It’s very transparent. We have lots of opportunities for associates to understand how the firm runs, how the partnership track works and the corporate culture. 

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

    Get to know people at your potential firm as well as possible during the interview process.  Take them up on offers to get coffee or ask follow-up questions or take you to drinks with even more people.    

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

    I got a job at a firm that wasn’t even on my OCI interview schedule. Someone recommended that I visit the hospitality suites of some other firms during OCI.  I met with some amazing attorneys at this one particular firm and ended up getting a callback and job there.

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

    Exercising, drinking wine on my couch with my husband, taking our two kiddos abroad – I love getting the family out of our element and learning about a new culture. 

  7. What is your favorite quote?

    “It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” - Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

  8. Who inspires you and why?

    Most recently, Kobe Bryant. His discipline, spirituality and fearlessness to make mistakes are aspirations to strive for.

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