Year of Graduation: 2000
Law School: William Mitchell for Civil Litigation
Current Job Title: Associate Business Litigation at Briggs and Morgan, P.A.
Tell us about your work by giving a brief description of your current position as well as others you've held.
I am currently an associate in the business litigation section at Briggs and Morgan, P.A., a full service commercial law firm of approximately 160 attorneys. Prior to joining Briggs I served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul A. Magnuson, United States District Court Judge for the District of Minnesota.
What led you to a career in law?
My father has had an extensive and diverse law career. Ever since I was a child, I knew I wanted to follow in his footsteps.
What skills are important to be successful?
Success depends on drive, hard work, and common sense. Time management is key; learning to be efficient and to multi-task are invaluable. Respect those around you - not just the people that you work for, but also those that you work with and work for you.
What advice/suggestions would you have for students/alums who wish to enter this field?
Study hard and stay focused. Law school is tough and the job is even harder. Take law school seriously and endeavor to perform well.
What advice/suggestions would you have for students regarding the LSAT and law school application process?
Prepare for the LSAT - don't try to wing it. Apply to law schools that have some connection to the city in which you hope to practice. Remember that the LSAT is just a number - you don't need a stellar LSAT score to have a stellar law school application. In my experience, high academic credentials, thoughtful letters of recommendation, and a diverse and active resume are just as important. And, ultimately, how you perform on the LSAT is irrelevant to your future job search. As a recruiter for our firm, the LSAT is not considered in the interview process.
What experiences might be helpful for students interested in a law career?
Try to intern or volunteer in the legal field - whether it is with a law firm, a government agency, a pro bono project, or some other legal practice. If possible, shadow an attorney for a couple of days. Visit your local courthouse and observe motions or trials.
How did your CSB/SJU education impact you and your career choice?
My CSB/SJU education prepared me to focus and succeed in law school. With a business background, I knew that civil litigation was the place for me. Because of my business education, I can relate to the clients that I serve and understand the businesses that they run. Finally, my academic success at CSB/SJU enabled me to obtain nearly a full-ride scholarship to William Mitchell. I can definitely say that CSB/SJU paved the way for my continued success.