Job Title: Attorney
Type of Company: I am a name partner in a national complex litigation boutique law firm, focusing on business, technology and class action defense matters.
Education: BA, Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs, Miami University JD, University of Dayton School of Law
Previous Experience: Before attending law school, I worked in Washington, DC as a lobbyist for a professional engineering trade association, focused on public works and engineering and science education issues. Prior to that, I worked on Capitol Hill for two US senators.
Job Tasks: I am one of four owners of a 35-attorney law firm, focused on complex litigation and trial work for businesses and corporate clients. We handle cases in federal and state courts throughout the United States on behalf of US and foreign companies. I am responsible for client recruitment and development; preparation of case analysis, strategy and plans; and ultimately the trial or negotiated resolution of cases. I am also responsible for the professional training and development of our younger attorneys. I spend much of my day on conference calls and working on the computer, but also travel a fair amount for client meetings and court appearances.
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: My job is quite time-consuming. As an owner of the business, I have administrative and managerial responsibilities, and as one of the lead lawyers, I am responsible for leading teams of attorneys as we work on very large and complex matters. Our clients are typically in many different time zones, so I work a wide range of hours and with a wide array of people. These experiences can be both the best and worst parts of my job.
Job Tips: Law school can be a very demanding and expensive course of study. The job market for lawyers is very tight right now. If you are committed to the study and eventual practice of law, then work to be accepted at the best law school you can and then be sure to take your course work seriously and do the best work you can. Success in law school will translate to the most interesting and best paying job opportunities upon graduation, but it will require hard work on your part to distinguish yourself from your peers.
Additional Thoughts: The practice and profession of law has been very rewarding. I meet interesting people and deal with difficult problems needing creative solutions. My work is continually challenging and intellectually stimulating. It is important to have other creative outlets for your time away from your work; the best lawyers are the most well-rounded individuals, so allow time to nurture your other interests, exercise, enjoy the arts, travel and most importantly, be engaged in your family, friend relationships and in your community.
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