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Employer Blog: Proskauer’s Al Lucia (Penn Law ’18)

June 28, 2019

 

Why I Chose to Start My (Legal) Career at Proskauer

Proskauer was my top choice from day one.  While I was initially attracted to the Firm’s impressive roster of clients and the opportunity to work on different kinds of complex and interesting transactions, my decision was made even easier based on the interactions I had with Proskauer attorneys and staff members while going through the recruitment process.  I am a big believer in the importance of working with people who you enjoy spending time with.  At Proskauer, that is definitely the case for me.  Not only are the associates and partners that I’ve worked with highly intelligent and skilled lawyers, but just as importantly, everyone I’ve worked with has been very kind and has genuinely cared about my growth and development.    

A Day in the Life of a Junior Corporate Associate

            One of the things I love about my work is that “typical” days do not exist.  However, all of my days start the same way – with an iced coffee from the café located on the 27th floor of our Eleven Times Square office.  Once sufficiently caffeinated, the rest of my day will likely be spent doing some combination of the following:

  • Listening in on a conference call with a client where issues associated with the latest draft of a credit agreement are discussed (and taking detailed notes)
  • Reviewing and marking up ancillary documents for a financing, such as the form of compliance certificate, form of solvency certificate, guarantee agreement and the exhibits to the credit agreement
  • Working with borrower’s counsel to satisfy our lender client’s “Know Your Customer” requirements
  • Compiling the various formation documents, certificates of good standing and incumbency certificates into an Officer’s Certificate
  • Drafting a motion for a pro bono client
  • Having coffee or lunch with a more senior associate or partner to express interest in matters they are working on
  • Attending a “Corporate BASICS” training session, during which a more senior associate and a partner present on a topic such as representations and warranties in corporate transactions
  • Watching a one-hour briefing from the Practicing Law Institute on a topic such as commitment papers basics in leveraged financings
  • Updating the disclosure schedules to an equity purchase agreement
  • Drafting the written consents that are needed to ensure a transaction is duly authorized
  • Preparing the signature pages a client will need to sign prior to closing a transaction
  • Maintaining the closing checklist for a transaction, which helps prevent closing deliverables from slipping through the cracks
  • Staying up to date on the latest business and legal news affecting my practice areas

 

I would emphasize again that no two days are the same, and the list above is only a small sampling of the types of assignments I have worked on during my first year as a corporate associate at Proskauer.  As a first-year, a “day in the life” is really about trying to learn something new every day, while simultaneously building solid relationships with colleagues and clients.  If you can do those two things enthusiastically, you will be well on your way to a successful stint as a junior associate.