Voice of Maslon
When my husband and I relocated to Minneapolis from San Francisco for his work, I took the opportunity to think long and hard about what I was looking for in my next position as a litigation attorney. I had been in practice for several years at a large international law firm with 1300+ attorneys, and I loved the important matters and my colleagues. While I knew I enjoyed private practice, I realized a different setting would make more sense for the practice I hoped to build in the Twin Cities.
Maslon stood out because it does interesting and challenging work for a wide range of corporate and individual clients, while offering a single-office, smaller firm feel where attorneys can build close working relationships with one another. During the interview process, Maslon attorneys described strong investments in associate professional development, lots of client contact, flat organizational hierarchy, and early opportunities for substantive experience in court and other practice settings. All of that seemed too good to be true.
Three years into my time at Maslon, I can report that it is all true. The firm has steadfastly supported my professional development as an attorney. Even as an associate, I find myself involved in big-picture strategy discussions, and feel like it is my responsibility to drive every case forward. I have constant contact with clients, ranging from small business owners to in-house attorneys at international corporations. I have taken and defended more depositions than I can remember, have argued a dozen or more times in courts around the country, and have taken the lead in an arbitration and many mediations.
The firm's strong and collegial culture were not oversold. My colleagues are committed to my success, and vice-versa. Maslon is actively engaged in promoting diversity and inclusion—one of my core professional values—at the firm, in the legal profession, and in the Twin Cities. And Maslon is serious about making a positive impact on the community through attorney engagement, sponsorships, and pro bono representation. From almost the first day, I was offered opportunities to make a mark on the firm and on the community.
Maybe you can tell at this point, but I am excited to work at Maslon. For those considering relocating from outside Minnesota, I was surprised at how much we are enjoying life in Minneapolis, with its excellent restaurants, cultural opportunities, lakes (of course!), and refreshing cost of living. I look forward to building a practice—and a life—here for many years to come.