I come to my current practice of law at the end of an interesting journey. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley, and receiving my J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law, I chose corporate law, concentrating in venture capital and mergers and acquisitions. I was drawn to the challenge of structuring complex contracts, the intensity of negotiating those agreements and the excitement of closing a deal. And I was trained by excellent practitioners, at the top of their game, at leading firms, including McDermott, Will & Emery, and Schulte, Roth & Zabel LLP.
Did I learn a great deal? Check. Did I acquire a broad-based skill set in corporate law? Check. Yet, at the same time, the matters I worked on were so large, that I was left combing through thick financial agreements without ever a forming a meaningful client relationship. This type of practice stood in stark contrast to the idea of a well-rounded advisor that I had envisioned becoming when I began law school.