Before attending law school, I served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, deploying twice to Afghanistan. Before joining Munger Tolles, I was a firm client, serving as plaintiff in a case challenging the U.S. Department of Defense policy barring women from serving in combat positions essential to career advancement.
Many of the qualities instilled by the military – taking initiative and responsibility, demonstrating leadership – are highly valued at a firm like Munger Tolles. Both environments encourage you to stretch outside your comfort zone, think confidently and deliver excellent results. In return, the firm delivers on its promise of offering junior attorneys meaningful experience and the opportunity to do substantive work early on. In fact, I am now a member of the legal team working on the women-in-combat lawsuit, and I had the opportunity to argue in court in that case during my first few months at the firm.
Having had careers in the military and investment banking prior to becoming a lawyer, it was important to me to join a firm where I could have agency and control over my professional development. At Munger Tolles, junior attorneys are given all the responsibility they can handle and empowered to work in the practice areas that interest them.
I also was drawn by the close-knit nature of the firm’s D.C. office, as well as the democratic culture, which gives attorneys a sense of ownership and belonging in the firm. Having the opportunity to work and collaborate with colleagues who are smart, kind and committed is delightful.