|Mark F. Pomerantz
"To be a great lawyer, you simply have to be exposed to a
broad range of challenges. How do you advise the board of directors
if you've never been in a room with a board of directors? How do
you know what a case is worth at trial if you've never been to
trial? How do you muster what's necessary to tell a client what he
needs to hear if you've never been in that circumstance?
None of us are born with all of the tools. You need a huge
range of experience. You need to be versatile. At Paul, Weiss you
will work on a variety of different matters with different partners
as a new associate, because that is what is going to help you build
your practice and build your career."
|Alex Young K. Oh
Yale Law School, 1993
"Depending on your interests, getting the most out of your
law degree can mean a variety of things - working for
a high-caliber law firm, at a socially conscious nonprofit
institution, for the government or in-house at a major
To me, fulfillment means having the opportunity to immerse
myself in private practice as well as public service - it enriches
my work as a litigator. Paul, Weiss lawyers are dedicated to public
service; the firm has many lawyers who, like me, have served in the
U.S. attorney's office or other branches of government. Our deep
experience fighting for many different causes in many different
arenas has, in my view, promoted the development of lawyers who are
wise beyond their years - thoughtful, independent and creative. And
that makes for a stronger firm.
At each step, my colleagues at Paul, Weiss have supported my
career choices because, as a firm, we encourage our lawyers to find
professional fulfillment on their own terms."
|Patrick S. Campbell
Stanford Law School,
"Finding your niche in an area of practice you really enjoy
is critical for a new associate. One thing that sets successful
lawyers apart is having a real passion for what they do.
At Paul, Weiss those are the individuals who rise to the top.
To come to work every day, put your clients first and make personal
sacrifices to get your work done requires that you actually enjoy
doing it. Loving what you do is the best way to do it
|Kelley A. Cornish
School of Law,
"Our clients have the most crucial and difficult problems
you can imagine. Whether it's litigation, bankruptcy or a big
M&A deal - these situations call on all of your creativity. At
Paul, Weiss, you'll find yourself at the edges of the developing
law. And that presents a perfect opportunity to be very, very
creative: because there is no case law or treatise to tell you what
Out there at the edges is where empathy also needs to come
into play, because a great lawyer is a counselor. Maybe he or she
is dealing with the CEO, the CFO and the board of directors of a
major public company whose backs are against the wall. Somebody
might actually go to jail. It's not just the company at stake;
you're dealing with real people. It's not just 'What does the
statute say?' It's 'What the *%@! should I do?' A great lawyer is
someone whom a client looks
wisdom and perspective in the face of the unknown.
And that's why I came to Paul, Weiss. I was in what some might
consider an absolutely idyllic situation at another firm, and I
walked away from it at the age of 44 to come here. Essentially I
saw something really unique. It's the culture of the place. It's
the personalities of the people - this collection of really
creative, compassionate, bright, interesting, interested,
open-minded, open-mouthed, free-thinking, free-wheeling people.
It's just a fun, serious, stimulating environment."