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AMA: Junior Litigation Associate in LA

Post by Anonymous User » Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:38 pm

For the sake of anonymity, I am a junior litigation associate in an AmLaw 25 firm that is not based in California. I've had a rather unusual experience in that during my first year, I've taken depos, argued at dozens of hearings, and have constant client contact. Since it's the tailend of recruiting season, I thought this might be helpful. Ask away!

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Re: AMA: Junior Litigation Associate in LA

Post by Anonymous User » Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:30 pm

Should I go to Kirkland or Gibson for early lit experience?

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Re: AMA: Junior Litigation Associate in LA

Post by Anonymous User » Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:01 pm

Nice humblebrag, OP.

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Re: AMA: Junior Litigation Associate in LA

Post by tlsthrowaway1 » Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:04 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I've had a rather unusual experience in that during my first year, I've taken depos, argued at dozens of hearings
That is unusual. Was this for a paying client, on cases involving a non-trivial amount of money, and not in employment law?

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Re: AMA: Junior Litigation Associate in LA

Post by leesq » Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:46 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Should I go to Kirkland or Gibson for early lit experience?
It's partner-dependent and really based on the needs of your client. I would say Gibson based on its presence in LA and being more a well-known "litigation" firm.

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Re: AMA: Junior Litigation Associate in LA

Post by Anonymous User » Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:53 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Nice humblebrag, OP.
This is OP. It is what it is. I have many more things to learn but just sharing my experiences thus far since TLS tends to paint a black and white picture of big law.

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Re: AMA: Junior Litigation Associate in LA

Post by Anonymous User » Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:57 pm

tlsthrowaway1 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I've had a rather unusual experience in that during my first year, I've taken depos, argued at dozens of hearings
That is unusual. Was this for a paying client, on cases involving a non-trivial amount of money, and not in employment law?

Paying client. Think large pharma or auto companies with a high volume of class action opt outs. Most never go to trial but even if certain cases did, it would be like an extremely low 6 figures in damages/settlement.

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Re: AMA: Junior Litigation Associate in LA

Post by Anonymous User » Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:04 pm

leesq wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Should I go to Kirkland or Gibson for early lit experience?
It's partner-dependent and really based on the needs of your client. I would say Gibson based on its presence in LA and being more a well-known "litigation" firm.
OP here. Agree with above.

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