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My Story So Far-Nana-Gyasi Kessie, Corporate M&A Attorney
Nana-Gyasi Kessie is an associate in our Corporate M&A Practice in New York. He tells us about his career journey so far, and what advice he has for current law students considering how to make the best possible transition from law classroom to full-time associate.
Choosing a Boston Law Firm
Whether because of prior ties or a desire for new roots, you’ve made the decision to work in Boston. In addition to Fenway Park and clam chowder, the city offers some of the most prestigious legal work in the country.
Choosing a Northern California Law Firm
You’ve decided that you want to practice law in Northern California—most likely in the Bay Area, adjacent to the tech industry. Given the hotbed of IP litigation the Northern District of California is, you might want to first consult our practice area rankings for IP.
Video Q&A with a Ropes & Gray Strategic Transactions Associate
Below is a video Q&A with Madison Martin, an associate in Ropes & Gray’s Strategic Transactions Group. *** For more information about Ropes & Gray, check out their full Vault Law profile here.
Choosing a New York Law Firm
You’ve decided that you want to work in the biggest, most prestigious legal market in the United States. Given New York’s cultural and financial significance, it should come as no surprise that Vault’s New York prestige rankings tend to track closely with the Vault 100 prestige rankings.
Choosing a Texas Law Firm
So you’ve decided that you want to practice law in Texas. First, consider which of the Texas markets you’re interested in working in.
Comparing the Three Biggest Legal Markets in Texas
Texas is a titanic presence in both the U.S. generally and the legal industry specifically, boasting the second largest population in the country and the headquarters of nearly 100 of the Fortune 500 companies.
Practice Area Insights: Privacy & Data Security
Lawyers in this area advise business clients on cyber security issues, including internal security protocols, the collection and storage of personal data, and on how to respond to a data breach. While privacy lawyers are most often called into action in the wake of a data security breach, they also help their clients comply with regulations and counsel on ways to prevent data theft or loss.
Discover the DLA Piper Summer & Alumni Programs
At DLA Piper, our mission is to be our clients’ most trusted legal partner delivering exceptional results globally. We believe great business can help make a better world.
Discover Affinity Groups at Jones Day
In October 2023, the firm welcomed more than 200 new associates to Jones Day and into our New Lawyers Group. As with every class of incoming new lawyers, we brought them to Washington, D.C.
Prestige Still Matters in Law
It is an understatement to say that the world of work has changed dramatically over the past four years. Things were shifting already by the end of 2019 as dissatisfied workers grumbled and job changes were more frequent than ever.
Your Network is Your Net Worth: The Importance of Networking for Associate Attorneys
Business and leadership development advisor Diane Helbig said it best: “Networking is an investment in your business. It takes time and, when done correctly, can yield great results for years to come.
Practice Area Insights: Mergers & Acquistions
M&A attorneys represent companies that are the acquirers or the targets in acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures, minority investments, spinoffs and other similar transactions. Some attorneys in this practice area focus on either acquirers or targets, or on deals involving either public or private companies, while others work broadly across many types of transactions.
Practical Advice from the 2023 Vault Law Associate Survey—Law Firm Life
This is the third post in a series where we will highlight several pieces of practical advice from the associates who took our most recent survey. In the first installment, we looked at advice about summer programs.
Register for Vault’s 2023 Diversity in Law Summit
Vault is hosting our third annual diversity event, Diversity in Law: Informational Career Readiness Summit, for law students and junior attorneys. Join the Vault Law team on Thursday, November 9 at 10:00 AM Eastern for thoughtful conversations on how to navigate a legal career as a diverse attorney, with panel speakers from top law firms including Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP; Paul Hastings LLP; Hunton Andrews Kurth; and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.
The Hard Lateral—Going From Small to BigLaw Mid-Career
A common career strategy for lawyers is to head into the trenches at BigLaw straight out of school. Clear-eyed about the fact that fewer than 5% of associates will ultimately make partner, the move is nonetheless a good one because the experience gained, the prestige on the resume, and of course, the paycheck, will all help in providing a variety of landing or exit options whether or not you actually make the partner cut.
Career Paths: How Did You Get Here?
At Vault Law’s 2022 1L Diversity Informational Career Readiness Summit, one of Vault’s Law Editors, Travis Whitsitt, was joined by David Sneed (Partner at Covington & Burling), Amanda Toy (Associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz), Adam Sanchez (Senior Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP) and Rachel Tennell (Associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP) to discuss the various career paths taken by this diverse group of attorneys. We’ve recapped the highlights of the four stories from the panel session below.
The 2023 Vault Law Firm Diversity Survey: Key Findings on Demographics
The results of Vault’s annual Law Firm Diversity Survey have arrived—find Part 1 of our summary here. As mentioned in Part 1, this year’s report includes a division in reporting between midsize and large firms, reflecting fundamental differences in these two categories of firms.