Why did you choose to practice law and how did you decide to practice in your particular area of law?
I chose law school over getting an advanced degree in engineering so that I could have a career that involved more writing opportunities than engineering would have provided. I ultimately landed in IP Litigation so that I could use my technical background while working in a litigation area.
What do you like best about being Hiring Partner?
I find it enormously rewarding to be a part of the firm’s strategic growth and to help show students and lateral attorneys what differentiates Alston & Bird from our peer firms.
In your opinion, what makes Alston & Bird a great place to work?
Our excellence in practice coupled with the culture of collaboration and congeniality fostered at the firm cannot be matched by any other AmLaw 50 firm.
If there was one piece of (career) advice you could provide to a law student, what would it be?
Choose the firm that feels like the right fit for you. Take advice from your mentors and peers, but ultimately listen to yourself.
What was the most memorable recruiting experience for you personally as a law student?
Interviewing in New York on a Wednesday, attending classes in DC on Thursday, and interviewing in Palo Alto on a Friday. 2L recruiting season was a whirlwind.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Traveling, reading, attempting to learn new languages, and spending time with my family.
What is your favorite quote?
“Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself.” Or any other excerpt from Mary Schmich’s 1997 column from the Chicago Tribune commonly referred to as “Wear Sunscreen.”
Who inspires you and why?
People who work hard, take nothing for granted, and appreciate every day they are given.