Why did you choose to practice law and how did you decide to practice in your particular area of law?
I enjoy the challenge of helping clients solve difficult problems, and, as a finance major in undergrad, I have always been interested in business. This drew me to M&A. It’s fast-paced and energetic,
constantly evolving, and requires thoughtful negotiation.
What do you like best about being Hiring Partner?
I enjoy the energy and charisma that young lawyers bring to the practice. It’s great to hear new perspectives and ideas.
In your opinion, what makes Alston & Bird a great place to work?
I started my career at A&B as a summer associate, then full-time following law school, and have been here ever since. A&B cares about its attorneys and staff and invests in their development. There is a strong sense of autonomy, but backed by cooperation and teamwork.
If there was one piece of (career) advice you could provide to a law student, what would it be?
Be enthusiastic. A good attitude goes a long way. If you are excited about the work, you’ll increase your chances for success. You’ll do a better job, enjoy the work more, and senior attorneys will want to work with you.
What was the most memorable recruiting experience for you personally as a law student?
I was a summer associate during the heyday of Big Law recruiting, including Firm outings to resorts in Florida. I remember showing-up to the first morning training session after a late night, and a senior attorney took the stage and began his presentation with, “They say to speak from the heart … which is good, because my head hurts!”
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I love to golf (despite mediocre talent) and playing around with my two kids.
What is your favorite quote?
“If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.” – Henry Ford