fatduck wrote:pattonthicke wrote:shoeshine wrote:I am working on a really big case/issue right now. The outcome means billions of dollars to our client. Somehow I have been assigned the research and memorandum that will outline our biggest and best argument in the future case. I assumed there was other associates working on this issue but I found out today that the partner I am working for has only assigned this part to himself because it is so important. We are nowhere near trial but I can't help but feel this is way above my pay grade. I am sure he will double and triple check my work but if we both make a mistake or my crappy reasoning leads him in the wrong direction it could mean a big loss for our client. This is alot of pressure.
Does anyone else feel like this?
the partner you are working for will research/write the memo himself. He will then take all of 2 minutes to look at your shit and grade you based on how close/off you were to what he came up with.-----you should feel no pressure---no matter what the partner told you, this deal will not depend on the accuracy of your memo.
this is the perfect reply in that it manages to be simultaneously 100% accurate and 100% the opposite of what shoeshine wants to hear
I had an assignment very similar to this with a very short deadline except mine was an immediately pending issue. I turned in my research/memo on a litigation issue and received a great that's exactly what I had response. The partner then made comments about how my memo could have been better using his own as an example of being better. Mainly I should have left out a lot of the "it speaks for itself" information. However, if you go on a different tangent from your assigning partner you need to be sure you can back it up because you will likely be trying to convince them they are wrong.
TL,DR: what you are doing doesn't matter much but be sure you can back up whatever you write.