To provide first-rate service to clients facing civil litigation or a government investigation, you first have to understand their business and industry. That is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job: working alongside the excellent lawyers at V&E and directly with our clients to learn everything we can about their business and help solve the complex legal issues they are facing.
The most interesting part for me is learning about how both my lender and borrower clients make money. Learning about their businesses, how they achieve success, and how they plan to continue that success. That understanding allows me to offer better counsel on a given transaction.
I try to take a practical approach to the way I address and tackle various issues; to propose something that’s not feasible or too complicated is never helpful. I speak in plain English to clients, so we can get to the solution we need.
I like the tangible nature of real estate, as opposed to businesses that merge in and out of existence. I like to be able to drive down the road and see a building that I’ve helped acquire, helped lease and then sold.
Partner — Executive Compensation & Benefits
I enjoy coming to work each day and practicing as an executive compensation attorney. I feel that is reflected in the work that I produce, the relationships I have with my clients, and my interactions with the team I work with at Vinson & Elkins.
My goal is to focus on what is important and to be collaborative and constructive. When a deal closes, I want our clients to feel both that their interests were vigorously represented and that we got them across the finish line as painlessly as possible for all involved.
Clients call when they have complicated transactions and need timely, thoughtful and commercial solutions. It’s always gratifying to be a part of the solution and help clients achieve their goals.
I find counseling the most rewarding side of my practice. My clients are looking for someone to bring not just perspective, but also independence, to their investigations. In this day and age, I don’t know that you can say you’ve seen it all, but there isn’t any kind of complaint or investigation into workplace conduct that I would not feel equipped to handle.