Careers: Voice of a 2015 Summer Associate

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VOICE OF A 2015 SUMMER ASSOCIATE:
SAMuel COOK, MASLON BUSINESS & SECURITIES ASSOCIATE

Before starting my summer at Maslon, I was incredibly excited and nervous. Looking back, however, I should have been twice as excited and half as nervous. The summer program at Maslon met and exceeded all of my expectations. Each day, I was able to work on real and important projects for unbelievably talented attorneys, who never once made me feel like I was anything less than a true colleague.

Real Work. While Maslon's summer program certainly includes a number of fun social events to help foster new relationships, the best part of my summer was working on real projects with real deadlines for real clients. For me, this real-world legal work is more fun than any social event could possibly be. Among other things, I had the opportunity to draft transactional documents and memoranda, review and edit agreements, and draft new entity formation documents. Moreover, after being reviewed by Maslon's experienced attorneys, my work product was often sent directly to clients. Nothing beats the feeling of helping a client reach a desired outcome, and you can absolutely have that feeling while working as a Summer Associate at Maslon.

Unique Experiences. Over the course of the summer, I had a number of unique experiences, both fun and substantive. On the fun side, I attended the firm's yearly retreat at a beautiful, privately owned resort; sat behind home plate at a Twins game; and enjoyed a craft beer while learning to paint on canvas. On the substantive side, I was able to observe some of Minnesota's finest attorneys interact with and create innovative solutions for their clients. For example, I attended a quarterly board meeting of a publicly traded company; observed a live, multi-million dollar real estate transaction closing; and listened to a series of conference calls as part of a multi-million dollar M&A transaction. I learned a great deal from these experiences, and I will remember them for the rest of my career.

Amazing People. Before choosing to work at Maslon for the summer, I kept hearing from my informal mentors that Maslon was "the place to be." As it turns out, they were right, in large part due to Maslon's amazing attorneys and staff. Never have I witnessed such a collegial and collaborative group of people. From the secretarial staff to the associates to the most senior partners, it is clear that people love working at Maslon. Maslon's atmosphere is entrepreneurial and upbeat, and the firm values both hard work and work-life balance. My summer mentors went out of their way to make me feel welcome and answer my many questions, and I promise you will have the same experience if you work as a Summer Associate at Maslon.

I am so happy to have spent the summer learning from and becoming friends with the people at Maslon. If you're in the OCI process or are otherwise considering applying at Maslon, just know this: you couldn't find a better place to work.

Samuel Cook
University of St. Thomas School of Law, Class of 2016





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