Corporate and Finance
With over 400 lawyers in the US and 1100 lawyers worldwide, our Corporate and Finance group provides sophisticated business counseling to a wide range of clients. Our associates are involved in transactions for white hot start-ups to multinational global 1000 and Fortune 500 companies. Our experience includes mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, public and private equity and debt offerings, venture capital and private equity investments, financings and other transactional matters. We also advise on employment & ERISA issues. We also provide a number of cross-border services delivered through international sector teams and practice groups. To learn more, visit our services page.
What led you to practice in your practice group?
I wanted to be a transactional lawyer because I enjoy working with clients to help anticipate and resolve their business legal needs. As a transactional lawyer, it is exciting for me to review contracts, determine the impact of a specific provision on my client and then offer a solution or compromise that can attempt to minimize the risk/liability to my client.
What do you enjoy most about practicing in your practice group?
I enjoy working with my colleagues, both in the Atlanta office and other offices. I am fortunate to work with smart, experienced lawyers who excel at their profession, are readily available to address my questions and provide me work opportunities that can improve and build my skills.
What do you wish you would have known when you first started practicing?
I wish I had known the importance of putting together a system for organizing and managing working files and emails. I worked on about 50 different matters for clients in two years at DLA Piper. When a client emails you two years after a transaction about a specific correspondence, it is important that you have organized and managed all of your emails and communications in an effective manner so that you can respond. While it is never too late to get organized, it makes the process much easier if you start creating folders by client and subfolders by specific transactions on day one.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced in your practice in the last two years?
Monitoring and entering my time has always been a challenge. Tracking your life in six-minute intervals can be difficult, especially when you are managing several different transactions simultaneously. The new corporate policies make it easier to manage my time and remind me to enter my time on a regular basis. Also, I have learned to be mindful of using tools, such as the timer application, that help me track my time.