- Associate, Los Angeles/Silicon Valley
“Following graduation, I had the honor of clerking for two federal judges. When I completed my clerkships, I set out to fill what I perceived to be a gap in my litigation experience. Luckily, I found McKool Smith. During my first year and a half at this law firm, I was involved in all phases of litigation, including pre-suit analysis; written discovery; expert discovery; taking and defending fact and expert depositions; drafting and arguing claim construction briefs; drafting and arguing evidentiary and dispositive motions; and preparing pre- and post-trial briefing. McKool Smith is a unique place that places extraordinary significance on going to trial. If you want to grow as an attorney, and specifically, if you aspire to be a trial attorney, there is no better place.”
We work hard. But throughout the process, we respect and enjoy one another. We check our egos at the door and save our ferocity for the courtroom. We are a closely knit team in the office and at trial, and whatever the outcome of a case, we take the time to thank each lawyer and staff member who has contributed time and insight.
Our internal culture isn’t tangled up in red tape or hindered by barriers. Any associate can run an idea by a principal and make a measurable difference without first sitting through a dozen committee meetings. In fact, our senior lawyers count on associates for a fresh perspective, just as our associates value mentorship.
While we don’t subscribe to bureaucracy, we do believe in meritocracy. Those who excel in their efforts—and serve our clients well—find that our firm abounds in opportunities for advancement.