James Mishan – Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. Summer Extern Testimonial
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is James Rachana from here in New York city. I had gone to school here. I went to college here where I studied business, and I went to law school here at New York law school. And I had the opportunity in my second year of law school to extern for Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. in the litigation and transactional departments, which was a wonderful experience.
What did you enjoy the most about working at Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C.?
I have to say that the opportunity to have a one foot in each department, one in transactional and one in litigation really afforded me the opportunity to see the real estate transaction, you know, in its entirety and its complexity, and also. Afforded me the opportunity to pinpoint the issues that may arise and how these issues might be litigated. So I could really see everything from start to finish nuts and bolts.
Can you describe the type of assignments and matters you handled day to day?
Uh, some of the assignments I’ve had day, there were, uh, pretty varied. Um, I could start the day doing some due diligence reading minutes for a transaction and, you know, finish the day, researching some type of complex litigation issue that had come up, you know, being able to contribute to the transaction and also be able to assist the client when they have a large issue come up in these transactions was a nice experience.
What is your proudest accomplishment since joining the firm?
Projects that I’ve worked on with Adam Bailey directly. Um, it’s very interesting to be able to sit in with someone of his caliber and to learn directly from him, but to be able to do it repeatedly on a long ongoing project and to really flush it out and sort of watch as, you know, watch the machinations of his mind and watch everything sort of comes together and builds from one small idea
How does reality compare to the expectations you had when joining Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C.?
The firm certainly exceeded my expectations, obviously going in, uh, to any new environment can be, uh, difficult to acclimate to, but the attorneys that I worked with were beyond accommodating, incredibly open and communicative. I had the opportunity to really walk into an office and say, Hey, uh, you know, I started this, I’m stuck over here. Am I going the right way? Or should I be going another way? You know, being able to make a mistake and not feel that it was the end of the world and seeing that it’s a place to build off of. I think that was really something that I don’t think a lot of the people, a lot of people expect, but it’s a very nice thing to have worked at a law firm.
What advice would you give to someone who is joining the firm as an extern?
I would say to my last point, really lean into this open communication. Their doors are open. Reach out to these people. They had a wealth of knowledge. They have years and years and years of experience. They are specialized in what they do and the best at what they do. Being able to take advantage of just the sheer amount of information there. It’s the best that you can do for yourself.
Do you have any final thoughts to share?
Working for Adam Leitman Bailey PC and really being able to take advantage of all of this knowledge and information, all the opportunities to learn and grow. It’s not something you can get, you can get anywhere. And quality of the work that you’re going to do is unrivaled.