Tell us how your story begins.
I was born in New York City as a third generation New Yorker. Growing up in the cultural capital of the world with parents who were educators instilled in me a life-long love of learning, which led me first to Williams College, then to Harvard Law School, and now to Davis Polk, where I am constantly learning new things every day.
What did you do before your current role?
I was a practicing M&A attorney, including at Sullivan & Cromwell and Withers Bergman.
Describe your current job.
I oversee knowledge management for the M&A group at Davis Polk, which is a wide-ranging position that requires me to be flexible, prioritize projects, and interact with attorneys and staff across the firm. I handle everything from our training program, to staying on top of legal developments, to discovering and implementing technology that will make our lawyers more efficient. I get to do a lot of reading and writing, so my background in English literature comes in handy!
Why did you get started doing this?
I started in my current position for a few reasons. I had spent years doing work for multiple clients and was interested in having only one client. I considered looking for an in-house legal position, but decided that I was also interested in answering questions that are essential to the practice of law, rather than focusing only on the law itself. I was interested more broadly in how lawyers learn and what they do with knowledge once they have acquired it.
What’s your favorite thing about your job?
One of my favorite things about my job is Davis Polk itself. I feel like part of a team and I take a lot of pride in helping my teammates. I have become comfortable fielding questions from and debating ideas with attorneys at all levels, from first year associates to partners. It is particularly fulfilling when I get the seeds of a new idea from a discussion with a colleague, workshop that idea with a broader group, and then am able to implement something innovative for the M&A group.
Technology is allowing us to solve problems creatively and work more efficiently than ever before. I love discovering ways to use technology to our benefit.
My work also matters because the practice of law is changing. Technology is allowing us to solve problems creatively and work more efficiently than ever before. I love discovering ways to use technology to our benefit. Not having a background in computer science was a challenge at first, but it also means that I have developed new skills and expertise.
Describe a moment you are proudest of in your career.
Encouraging innovation is very important to me. I was very proud to be able to run the Kira roll out process for the firm, including organizing training sessions to teach our associates how Kira works to supplement the legal review and analysis they provide, and working with individual deal teams.