Associate, Morrison Foerster, San Francisco
Lindsay Andrews earned a JD/LLM in International and Comparative Law. While at Duke, she was a member of the Duke Law Journal and the Mock Trial Board and studied University of Hong Kong and ESADE in Barcelona, Spain.
I got my job at MoFo through an OCI interview with a Duke alumna who is a prominent San Francisco partner. That interview led to a summer associate position, which then led to an offer of employment.
Describe your work and practice area.
I work in MoFo's general litigation departments. I am currently focusing on the areas of class actions and financial services. My first assignment at MoFo was a five-week securities trial in Los Angeles Superior Court. I provided research assistance for the partners leading the trial. After that I traveled around the country conducting interviews for a client's internal investigation. Currently I am in the San Francisco office working with a team defending class actions.
What part of your legal education at Duke best prepared you for practice?
The Trial Practice class was very useful in preparing me for my first assignment (although participating in trial is very unusual for junior associates, and I didn't expect that class to serve me for a couple of years). Business Associations and Commercial Transactions obviously have helped me in understanding our clients’ different businesses and the regulatory and legal frameworks under which they operate. However, classes like Law and Literature, as well as Con Law, have been the
most "useful" because they have provided fodder for conversation and creative perspective both in and out of the office.
What advice would you give a Duke Law student who wants to work at a major law firm?
Be open to working in a range of practice areas, but identify a few you are particularly interested in and make sure you get a chance to meet the partners before you sign on. I've been incredibly lucky to work with gracious, intelligent, and fun partners, but I realize I didn't focus on that enough at the interview stage. It helps to identify at least a couple of people you would want to work with and ask them what types of work they do, how they staff their cases, and what types of work you could expect to do with them.
What is your favorite thing to do in San Francisco?
I love discovering my city in small, unexpected ways — preferably from the vantage point of a bike. I have taken up road biking and spend weekends exploring the Marin Headlands or just simply biking around San Francisco on a sunny day (yes, we have those) to find vegan ice cream trucks, impromptu dance parties, free flamenco concerts, etc. The list goes on.