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.
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.
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.