Meet William Snyder - Silicon Valley Hiring Partner



  1. 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.  

  2. 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.

  3. 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.  

  4. 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.

  5. 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!”

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

    I love to golf (despite mediocre talent) and playing around with my two kids.

  7. 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

  8. Who inspires you and why?

    People who work hard to achieve their goals.

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