Introduction to Quarles & Brady06/19/18
The entire Phoenix office has been very welcoming to the summers. The summer committee also does a really good job of balancing work, rest, and play. The projects are very diverse and it is exciting to see so many different areas of law.
I was first introduced to Quarles & Brady through the mock interviews that Jazzmin Gordon and Dan Long conducted at my law school. They both spent the afternoon interviewing students who wanted the practice and then they would provide feedback to the students. I interviewed with Jazzmin and it was immediately clear that she was interested in my success. This was enough to pique my interest in the firm so I contacted a few other Q&B attorneys and eventually applied for a summer associate position.
My introduction to Quarles & Brady has been a great experience. I have been able to work on real estate law, business law, health law, intellectual property and also litigation assignments. The associates and partners have been extremely helpful and easily accessible throughout the transition. One of my favorite aspects of the program is going to lunch with the associates where I can get to know them and their practice areas. I am really looking forward to the rest of the summer!
My first few weeks at Quarles & Brady have been nothing but great. All the attorneys, both partners and associates, as well as the support staff, do a great job to make you feel welcome and like an important member of the team. The attorneys are genuinely interested in getting to know the summers and actively do so by participating in the summer events and grabbing lunches with us all. Quarles does a great job of training you in the first few days and then getting you meaningful work assignments quickly. In my first three weeks, I completed 4 projects and have worked directly for partners on many of my assignments.
My summer introduction to Quarles & Brady started in a conference room overlooking the White House, Executive Offices, and the National Monument. The reception I received in the D.C. office showed me that no matter how large and impressive Quarles and Brady is they make everyone feel welcome, included and part of a team.
While interviewing with Quarles, I was profoundly attracted to the firm's Midwestern roots and sensibilities. Upon arriving at the firm to begin my Summer Associate experience, I was welcomed by so many attorneys and staff members who embodied the Midwestern ideals of kindness and honesty. Everyone I met has been eager to learn about me and help me grow both personally and professionally.
Everyone at Quarles & Brady has been incredibly friendly and welcoming to myself and the other summer associates. It means a lot that people have been willing to take time out of their busy day to stop by and take us to lunch and attend the fantastic summer associate events with us. I've also been very impressed by the quality and diversity of the work I've received. As someone who was unsure about which practice areas I was interested it, it has been so informative for me to have already taken on assignments in a number of different practice areas this early in the summer. Overall, I've felt incredibly supported during my first few weeks at Quarles & Brady and am really looking forward to continuing to learn throughout the rest of the summer.
As a first-generation attorney, my understanding of what it's like to work at a law firm came from what I had seen on TV and in the movies–cutthroat associates, callous partners, and a miserable working environment. I have pleasantly found throughout my introduction to Quarles & Brady that those stereotypes are not true. It is clear that it is not only the high caliber work that Quarles & Brady produces but the quality of their people as well that sets them apart from other firms. I couldn't be happier that when it comes to Quarles & Brady, those typical law firm stereotypes couldn't be further from the truth.
My first month at Quarles & Brady has certainly exceeded my expectations! Each and every staff member has been very helpful and welcoming. I have thoroughly enjoyed being able to work on assignments in various practice groups, including Intellectual Property Litigation and Real Estate, with both associates and partners. I have also been able to shadow two associates at hearings. Having the opportunity to attend lunches with attorneys has also provided useful insight to life at the firm and the different paths taken by each attorney. I am looking forward to getting more hands on experience and getting to know everyone more!