Associate Life

Andrew Stauber

Number 30

August 30, 2012 4:40 PM | Permalink | Print

A year ago, as I celebrated my 30th birthday with family and friends over a giant plate of Red Bones BBQ and a delicious cookie cake made by my wife, Sara, I remember thinking a few things:

  1. I am lucky to have great family and friends to help celebrate this occasion.
  2. Hands down, cookie cake is the best type of cake.
  3. There’s nothing wrong with having a third slice of said cookie cake on your 30th birthday.
  4. This next year is going to be quite a year.

And sure enough, as far as years go, my 31st was undoubtedly the most memorable to date—edging out both 2007 (the year Sara and I got married, the University of Virginia had a great football season, and I started law school) and 1990 (the debut of “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice and the episode of Saved by the Bell where Jessie Spano sang “I’m So Excited”). Since joining Club 30-something, I finished my clerkship at the Massachusetts Appeals Court for Justice Scott Kafker, trained for and ran the Cape Cod Marathon, started at WilmerHale as an associate in our Labor and Employment Group, and my wife Sara gave birth to our now nine month old beautiful daughter, Kelsey.

I would be thrilled to talk your ear off (or, since this is a blog, write your eye off?) about each of these topics (especially Kelsey!), but in this forum, I am excited about sharing my perspective on life as a WilmerHale associate. Over my first year at WilmerHale, I have enjoyed the substance and variety in the work I do week in and week out. Even more importantly, I have come to value the relationships that have been developing since I started working at 60 State Street: receiving mentorship from senior attorneys in my group, renewing old friendships with colleagues from my summer associate class, getting to know the firm’s talented support staff and establishing connections with many of our clients. Over the coming months, I hope you’ll humor me by reading about my journey as an associate at WilmerHale: from the interesting work assignments, to the hidden gems of the firm cafeteria, to finding a healthy work-life balance and, of course, to the valuable personal relationships. Thanks for reading!