Our Recruits

Our Recruits

Homegrown – it is a word you will hear often at Cadwalader. We believe in cultivating and promoting our associates from summer associate up through the ranks to special counsel and partner. But don’t just take our word for it, hear from our attorneys who were once where you are.

“I am incredibly proud to be a Cadwalader Lifer. Over my 33 years at the firm, while a lot has changed within the legal industry and the larger business world, our firm’s core values of client service, excellence, integrity and loyalty, are the same as those I learned as a young associate. As I’ve experienced through my own practice, having this strong foundation empowers our attorneys, at any stage in their career, to think big for our clients when advising on their most important transactions and matters.”

Pat Quinn
Managing Partner

“From my first days as a summer associate at Cadwalader, I immediately felt part of a very special firm. As a first year I worked directly with partners on important matters, while receiving invaluable mentoring and coaching along the way. As Chair of Cadwalader’s Hiring Committee and Training Partner for the 160+ attorneys in our Capital Markets practice, I try to consider practicing law in our group from their perspective—the kind of legal, business, ethical and practical issues and questions they are likely to encounter.”

Lisa Pauquette
Chair, Hiring Committee

“Working as a summer associate at Cadwalader provided me with the invaluable opportunity to interact with a variety of lawyers and explore different practice areas and the friendships and mentorships gained along the way were the icing on the cake.  These experiences, along with the opportunity to build the relationships and skills required to have a rewarding and successful summer served as the ultimate springboard to my professional development as a Cadwalader associate.”

Cheryl Barnes, Partner (Washington, DC)

“There are few places where you get the chance as a junior associate to engage with clients in a meaningful manner that helps to shape and determine the trajectory of transactions. I have had the ability to see Cadwalader from both NY and DC and in a variety of practice areas, each of which have allowed me stronger insight into the firm and greater opportunities to grow and harness control of my own legal career.”

Solomon Brown, Associate (Washington, DC)

“As a summer associate at Cadwalader, I had an opportunity to work on substantive matters, including drafting portions of a brief, preparing for and attending an oral argument on a preliminary injunction, and participating in client meetings. I felt as though I was part of a team and developed strong relationships with the attorneys over the course of the summer program.”

Hyungjoo Han, Associate (New York, NY)

“My most memorable experience as a summer was working on a deal from the term sheet stage to the final closing. The attorneys kept me involved in every aspect of the deal, including drafting and negotiations with the client and counsel. Not only was it valuable in helping me understand the purpose of each step in the deal and certain negotiation points, but it was also rewarding to see my work transpire into a final product.”

Olivia League, Associate (Charlotte, NC)

“As a summer associate at Cadwalader, I met so many attorneys that I not only wanted to work with, but also wanted to grab dinner and drinks with after work. As I transitioned from summer associate to associate, these attorneys became my friends. I am fortunate to work at a Firm where the people who are training me to become a great lawyer, are people who I genuinely enjoy working with.”

Ruth Merisier, Associate (New York, NY)

“My experience as a summer associate was incredibly fulfilling. Through the project pool, I was able to work with various practice groups. The open structure allowed me to truly understand where my interests and talents lie. By summer’s end, I had a clear path for where I’d like to take my professional growth as well as team members who were willing to help me reach those goals.”

Tim Ramos, Associate (New York, NY)

“My experience as a summer associate at Cadwalader allowed me to work on real matters that allowed me to start developing skills I would need as an associate. The relationships I established over my summer have added so much value to my career—many of these individuals have become mentors and friends that care about my success.”

Candelario Saldana, Associate (Charlotte, NC)

“The most rewarding aspect about my career at CWT is that my group operates as more than just colleagues. We have so many friendships that permeate our group that everyone takes a vested interest in each other’s futures. This type of work environment is rare and something I do not take for granted.”

Lex Urban, Special Counsel (Washington, DC)

“As a summer associate, I had the unique opportunity to help prepare a partner for a meeting with prosecutors in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice — I was even asked to attend the meeting. That experience provided invaluable insight into the role of a White Collar Defense attorney at Cadwalader.”

Kendra Wharton, Associate (Washington, DC)

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