I was initially drawn to Haug Partners because of its focus on intellectual property and FDA- Regulatory law. I was also drawn by the fact that Haug Partners is a mid-sized firm. The advantages of being at a mid-sized firm became immediately apparent. During the 10-week, summer program, I was given a number of substantive assignments on various projects, and I was included in a number of client calls and client meetings. Throughout the 10 weeks, I received significant feedback on my work product and progress. The partners and upper-level associates were easily accessible to answer any questions and were eager to provide additional guidance or advice.
I chose to accept an associate position in Haug Partners DC Office, and my experience so far has mirrored my summer experience. From the start, I was again working on substantive assignments and litigations. In my first two years, I have gained significant litigation experience, which includes drafting motions, discovery requests, and correspondence to opposing counsel, as well as attending depositions and court hearings. The firm, however, is not just litigation focused. During my time at Haug Partners, I have also worked on patent and trademark prosecutions, FDA regulatory work, an ITC investigation, and an FTC investigation.
As a mid-sized firm, Haug Partners offers a great opportunity for young associates to have significant interaction with partners, other associates, and staff. The willingness of the partners and upper-level associates to provide guidance, mentoring, and teaching throughout my time so far has also contributed greatly to the start of my legal career.
In addition to the substantive legal experience Haug Partners provides, the firm also recognizes the importance of experiences outside the workplace. Whether it’s the summer dodgeball tournament, the summer cooking class, the firm softball teams, or the various other firm events throughout the year, Haug Partners provides its employees the opportunity to blow off steam and get to know one another outside the confines of the office. Haug Partners ability to provide its associates with substantive legal experience and valuable legal training while also creating a sense of community is the reason I accepted an associate position at Haug Partners.