Foley proudly announced the promotion of 23 extremely talented attorneys to partner on February 1. Our newest partners span multiple practice groups and offices and bring diverse skillsets and backgrounds to the partnership.
As they begin this next chapter in their careers, we asked what making partner means to each of them, what contributions they hope to make in this new role, what program played a part in their professional success, and what advice they would give to associates.
Their responses were as unique as they are, but collectively they convey that distinctive feeling that truly sets Foley apart. Why Foley has been the right choice for them … why it feels like the right place to build their careers … and why it feels like the right culture to form truly meaningful connections with colleagues. Why they are #HappyatFoley.
I benefit from the collaborative culture
“Success has definitely not been a one-person effort. Exactly the opposite. Everyone and everything I've come in contact with here has helped propel me forward.”
“Focus more on being a partner and less on making partner. You’ll end up thinking less about what it takes and more about what you’re doing.”
I’ve made meaningful connections
“Focus on doing your best work and learning as much about the firm and the firm’s clients as possible, and seek out individuals here who will guide and champion you.”
“My relationships with my colleagues and clients are at the forefront of my practice, and I will be focused on adding value as a trusted source of support to those around me on a daily basis.”
I have purpose here
“Do what you feel passionate about, what excites you, what you'll enjoy ... but most of all, what makes you feel good about yourself. You'll be better at things you enjoy doing or feel inspired to do.”
“Be engaged, make friends, and develop mentors. It’s a long, winding road with no guarantees, so work on finding a practice you excel at and enjoy.”
I feel supported
“Seek out work with colleagues who care about your development and will train and mentor you as a young lawyer.”
“Whether it be formal or informal, mentorship has meant everything to my success at the firm. Law school gives you the tools, but until you have a chance to learn from partners or senior counsel, you really don't get a chance to understand and see how to practice law.”
I have a voice here
“I hope to be an advocate for the aspects of the firm that have traditionally made it great, while also pushing the firm to progress in areas where it needs to.”
“I truly hope to leave the firm better than where it was when I started.”
The firm invests in me
“The firm’s leadership training was particularly meaningful as I navigated a path to partnership. It provided me with actionable insights into my own leadership, management, and communication styles that now drive my daily interactions with colleagues and clients.”
“It’s a privilege to carry on the success of a firm built upon the hard work of generations of partners before me.”
I have autonomy here
“Figure out what works well for your personality, personal and professional interests, and strengths, and then do more of it across every aspect of the profession — client work, business development, and other investment time opportunities.”
“Pull inspiration from other people’s practices but know that you can thrive at Foley if you find your own, individual sweet spot and direct your efforts accordingly.”
"You control your own destiny. Don’t worry about what others are doing or what advantages you perceive they have; work hard, learn your trade, stay accountable, and don’t forget to take a break from time to time to recharge your batteries."
I have opportunities for advancement
“Find partners who have a similar style to how you envision yourself as a partner. Learn from them, ask them questions, and most importantly, say ‘yes’ to projects that you may not have experience with or are unsure exactly what they entail.”
“Taking on new projects and growing your practice and skills, especially when you are younger, gives a broader foundation to which you can choose and create your specialty.”
“Find a niche and become an expert in it so that you become the ‘go to’ person within the firm for that issue or subject matter.”