Why did you choose to practice law and how did you decide to practice in your particular area of law?
Before law school, I worked for several years in the intellectual property department of a plastic container company, where I worked with the company’s engineers helping to spot inventions and then working with our outside counsel on filing patent applications as well as on patent litigation and licensing matters. I was completely fascinated by patent law and patent issues and that propelled me into law school and all the way to where I am today.
What do you like best about being Hiring Partner?
I really enjoy meeting all kinds of smart, energetic law students and hearing their personal story of getting into law. I also enjoy the opportunity to trumpet how awesome a place A&B is to practice in all kinds of interesting areas of law. The summer associate retreat is a really good time, too.
In your opinion, what makes Alston & Bird a great place to work?
The best thing about working at A&B is our great people. We are a collegial group of top notch lawyers who know how to be serious about what matters and also know how to have a good time. A&B has always been a fun place to be a lawyer.
If there was one piece of (career) advice you could provide to a law student, what would it be?
Make good life-long friends in law school. It is important to begin to develop your professional network during law school. You should try to look out for each other throughout your careers. In the same vein, be conscious of your professional reputation, which also begins in law school.
What was the most memorable recruiting experience for you personally as a law student?
I interviewed with law firms as a 2L during law school in the fall of 2001, and in the middle of interview season the September 11th attacks happened. The law school shut down, on-campus interviews were cancelled, and there were random false-alarm bomb threats that day, even in little Athens, Georgia. Everything about that day was absolutely surreal.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I have 8 and 9 year old daughters who are ridiculously fun. We love riding bikes, playing basketball and practicing math together. Yes, they are liking math, which is a ton of fun because my Dad was a middle school math and algebra teacher, and I like to think I’m carrying that mantle.
What is your favorite quote?
“Make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes.”
Who inspires you and why?
Sal Khan is incredibly inspirational to me. He is changing the world by providing a world-class Math education to everyone everywhere for free. I love watching his videos, and so do my daughters.