What year were you before you got client facetime? [Big Law]

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What year were you before you got client facetime? [Big Law]

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:40 pm

At what point in your career in a big firm did you get to tag along to client meetings? In other words, when did you begin to get client facetime?

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Re: What year were you before you got client facetime? [Big Law]

Postby Lincoln » Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:53 pm

NYC lit here. First year was some client contact, mostly because I went to trial and the client was there every day. Fifth year now and email or talk on the phone with the (different) client every day, often without partner supervision. I think it depends more on the client and how hands on they are than on you, although the partners trust me and feel comfortable that I won't say something stupid.

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Re: What year were you before you got client facetime? [Big Law]

Postby toast and bananas » Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:09 pm

A couple months in

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Re: What year were you before you got client facetime? [Big Law]

Postby umichman » Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:40 pm

went to hearing second week and met the client

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Re: What year were you before you got client facetime? [Big Law]

Postby LazyLASA » Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:37 pm

I do transactional work...it was within a few days of being put on my very first matter.

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Re: What year were you before you got client facetime? [Big Law]

Postby RaceJudicata » Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:48 pm

One month.

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Re: What year were you before you got client facetime? [Big Law]

Postby Right2BearArms » Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:59 pm

I miss that sweet 2 month or so period when clients didnt call me directly.

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Re: What year were you before you got client facetime? [Big Law]

Postby NoLongerALurker » Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:01 pm

Second year nyc transactional and have never met a client in person. Started speaking directly to clients etc around end of first year, but still don’t really do so regularly (maybe speak directly to a client like once a week absolute tops). Email them all the time, obviously, but rarely anything substantive other than just trading drafts or whatever.

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Re: What year were you before you got client facetime? [Big Law]

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:40 am

Lit and within a couple months dealing with a third-party subpoena. As a midlevel I started to get client contact pretty regularly.

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Re: What year were you before you got client facetime? [Big Law]

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:47 pm

NoLongerALurker wrote:Second year nyc transactional and have never met a client in person. Started speaking directly to clients etc around end of first year, but still don’t really do so regularly (maybe speak directly to a client like once a week absolute tops). Email them all the time, obviously, but rarely anything substantive other than just trading drafts or whatever.

Same here, chicago tax associate

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Re: What year were you before you got client facetime? [Big Law]

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:08 pm

I'm a mid-level in Chicago corporate and have been spending substantial amounts of time talking to clients since my second year. Disclosure schedules, which are junior/mid-level associate work, generally require fairly heavy client contact. I actually spent a week at a client's office and met the GC and CEO in my second year.

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Re: What year were you before you got client facetime? [Big Law]

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:19 pm

Same re anon above - disclosure schedules for M&A deals kept me on the phone with client a LOT as a first year.

Also did several cap markets deals which required me to go to client (we usually repped the issuer) and do on-site diligence (and supervise underwriter's counsel doing diligence) for a couple days. Was cool to get live facetime with clients in their offices.

Also IPO S-1 page flips at the printer, client's CFO was usually there with us. Not sure if anyone actually goes to the printer anymore though. I'm old. Sigh.

edit - spent 4.5 years NYC v10 biglaw corporate. now in-house at a client (hooray!)



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