Fenwick corporate partner Allison Cooper talked to Law.com about her journey to making partner earlier this year, sharing her advice and insights for associates and new attorneys.
When asked what went into her becoming a partner, Allison told Law.com, “Fenwick values hard work, quality work product, business development acumen and other traits you would expect from a partner. But it also values other traits and contributions—being a good firm citizen—such as mentorship of junior attorneys and paralegals, commitment to diversity, involvement in pro bono initiatives, dedication to recruiting efforts and community service. These types of activities cultivated and demonstrated a sense of ownership that played a big role in my making partner.”
Allison also noted that Fenwick’s spirit of entrepreneurship mirrored her own: “Five years ago, I relocated to New York to help Fenwick open our new office there. I was one of eight lawyers, and the most junior, and it gave me an opportunity to influence something much bigger than my own practice. Today we’ve grown to 100 lawyers in New York, and I’m very proud of what we are building together.”
Allison advises technology and life sciences clients on a broad variety of corporate matters, including in the formation of new startup companies, venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions and public offerings. She also represents and advises leading incubators, angel investors, venture capitalists and strategic investors investing in technology companies.
Fenwick actively recruits professionals from diverse backgrounds and invests in their long-term success. We believe that a diverse workforce helps us serve our clients better and fosters an environment of cooperation, respect, creativity and mutual understanding in which everyone thrives.