Bilzin Sumberg’s reception area

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to observe Michael Krietzer, co-chair of Bilzin Sumberg’s litigation department, and John Sumberg, managing partner at Bilzin Sumberg, in a client meeting. 

At Pieducks (incredible pizza joint), I shared with Michael that, as a summer associate, not only am I interested in developing my writing and research skills, but I’m also interested in learning more about the side of the business that young, soon-to-be attorneys like myself don’t often get to see.   He then graciously extended an invitation to sit down with him and his client that same afternoon.

Although I have some experience with client management, sitting in with Michael and John was an incredibly enlightening experience.  As soon as I got back to the office, I changed into my suit (for all the guys out there, here’s a tip: always keep a suit in the office because you never know when an opportunity like this will come up).  

The client meeting lasted about an hour.  Michael and John carefully examined the facts surrounding the case, and slowly began to construct a strategy.  They clearly explained to the client where he stood legally, and the strengths and weaknesses of his case.  At the end of the meeting, the client seemed satisfied, and Michael is now working on the case. 

 Exposure like this can be invaluable to attorneys just starting their legal careers, and I’m glad I’m at a firm that provides these kinds of opportunities.