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When choosing a law firm, Diane McGimsey was focused not only on the type of work she wanted to do, but also on the type of people she wanted to work with. She had no doubt that Sullivan & Cromwell would offer interesting and challenging work. After spending a summer at S&C, there was no doubt about the people either.
After law school, Diane’s hope was to find at least one really good mentor to help guide her through the difficulties of transitioning from a student to a practicing lawyer. It quickly became clear during her summer at S&C that she’d have far more than one, a fact that has come in handy from almost her first day at the Firm.
As Diane explains, “from day one, the lawyers that I’ve worked with in California—particularly Bob Sacks, Mike Steinberg, Brendan Cullen, Adam Paris and Brian England—have pushed me to excel beyond what I thought I was even capable of, but in a way that’s designed to teach because they’ve been right by my side the whole way, often giving guidance but other times just rooting me on. In only my third week at S&C, I had to interview a number of not-so-friendly witnesses who our client had recently fired. I had only ever seen one witness interview being done before. I was a little overwhelmed, but I was lucky enough to have a colleague like Adam, who was not on the case but took the time to give me substantive pointers and a much-needed pep talk. This job can be amazingly difficult at times. What makes it fun and interesting, even through the difficult times, is having such great colleagues and mentors.”

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