Real Work, Early On

Eva's Career Story

Eva Mak

Associate Bay Area – Palo Alto
Eva Mak Profile
I ran my first deal, a middle-market leveraged buyout, at the end of my first year. That’s not something that I would have expected to do so early on.

Culture

Kirkland’s culture is very entrepreneurial. The Firm is known for its open assignment system. The system helps associates choose what they would like to do, and it encourages senior attorneys to be effective teachers and managers. We get to dictate our own careers; we can choose who we work for and the work we do.

Opportunities

I had the opportunity to lead client calls early on, and I have been able to take the lead on so many matters. That experience has given me confidence. I quickly started managing deal teams. I’ve learned many important skills that you don’t learn in law school — collaborating with staff and junior associates, time management and team management.

Experience

I know I’ve been able to run deals earlier in my career than many of my peers at other firms. I ran my first deal, a middle-market LBO, at the end of my first year. That’s not something that I would have expected to do so early on.

Involvement

I’m involved in the Firm’s formal mentoring activities. These are important because the snapshot of today’s associates represents the leadership of the Firm 20 to 30 years from now.

Because the Palo Alto office is small, I’ve had several leadership opportunities already. I am on the recruiting committee and am the racial ethnic minority affinity group coordinator. I’m also involved with the summer associate program.

Growth

The work shapes you as an attorney and as a person. We do a lot, and we’re expected to perform at a high level. Kirkland can be challenging, but our work is never boring.