Meet the New Associates - IP, Litigation, Securities and Transactional

Meet the New Associates - IP, Litigation, Securities and Transactional

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This winter, WilmerHale welcomed 33 new associates to our US offices. Over the next few months, we will interview members of this dynamic class to learn what drew them to the firm and about their interests outside the office.

In this first set of interviews, you'll meet associates from the Intellectual Property, Litigation/Controversy, Securities and Transactional Departments who share an interest in everything from spending time with loved ones to traveling the world.


(Lam and his fiancée at a winter festival in Minnesota.)

Name: Derek Lam
Office: Boston
Practice: Intellectual Property
School: University of Minnesota Law School

WH: What is it about WilmerHale that made you want to practice here?

Lam: I was a law student when I first learned about WilmerHale's world-class reputation. I have a technology background, so I was drawn to the firm based on the strength of its Intellectual Property Department. When I interviewed and summered here, though, it was the friendliness and collegiality of everyone I met that made me want to build a career here. Everyone has been exceptionally welcoming, warm and supportive.

WH: What are you most looking forward to as you begin your practice?

Lam: My goal is to make a meaningful difference on all of my cases and matters, using both my law school experience and technology background. I’d like to be involved at every level of a case. One of the great aspects of WilmerHale is the wealth of experience that permeates the firm, so I’m excited to meet everyone and learn about their stories and backgrounds. I’m also excited to become active on the Diversity Committee, and I’m eager to take on pro bono work as opportunities arise.

WH: What did you do during your deferral period?

Lam: I did a lot of traveling, which included going to New York to see the US Open tennis tournament; going to Las Vegas with my mother and sister to visit my grandparents; and visiting my hometown of New Orleans to see my family. I’m getting married at the beginning of July, so I was also able to help out with some of the wedding planning. I think my fiancée appreciated that aspect the most! We’re getting married in Boston, so we’re excited. Lastly, I studied for and took the patent bar exam in preparation for my practice here.

WH: Tell us a fun fact about yourself...

Lam: I’m an avid tennis player, but I’m also blind in my left eye and therefore have no depth perception. I’m an intermediate player and have been playing since I was 14. It’s been a fun challenge from the beginning. Because I lack depth perception, I have to listen to how the other player hits the ball and watch how the racquet moves, to figure out whether the ball is going to land short or deep. I’m the only person I know who plays this way, but I love the camaraderie and the exercise, so I keep at it.

(Morsette at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.)

Name: Natalie Morsette
Office: Palo Alto
Practice: Corporate
School: Santa Clara University School of Law

WH: What is it about WilmerHale that made you want to practice here?

Morsette: I think most of all it was getting to know the attorneys in the Palo Alto office. The environment they’ve created here is fantastic. I can’t think of a better place to be a junior attorney.

WH: What are you most looking forward to as you begin your practice?

Morsette: I’m generally excited about being a part of the Corporate Practice and learning skills that I didn’t have the chance to be exposed to in law school. The firm has such interesting clients, big and small, and I’m looking forward to working on matters for them.

WH: What did you do during your deferral period?

Morsette: I mainly took time to travel and unwind. I went straight to law school from college, so I appreciated the chance to take a break for the first time in a long time. I went to the island of Oahu for a week to relax and enjoy the beach, which was my first trip to Hawaii. I also went on a couple road trips through Southern California and the Southwest, and spent four months in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I’ve lived in California my whole life, so it was exciting to be exposed to a culture in a different part of the country. The landscape there is very dramatic and beautiful, and the city itself is so colorful.

WH: Tell us a fun fact about yourself...

Morsette: This past fall I went to my first National Football League game. I saw the New York Jets play the Broncos in Denver. I’ve been a football fan as long as I can remember, so it was really special to finally get to see a game in person. However, even though I went to see the Broncos play, I’m still a lifetime San Francisco 49ers fan.

(Doan and his sister on a family trip to Hawaii last year.)

Name: Jimmy Doan
Office: Washington DC
Practice: Intellectual Property Litigation
School: Georgetown University Law Center

WH: What is it about WilmerHale that made you want to practice here?

Doan: The people. Everyone I’ve met here is obviously very smart, but they’re also approachable and down to earth. As a summer associate, my goal was to try as many areas of the law as I could, and in doing so, I got to meet some wonderful people.

WH: What are you most looking forward to as you begin your practice?

Doan: I’m looking forward to growing both as an attorney and as a professional. I can already tell I will learn and grow a lot at WilmerHale. And although I am particularly interested in intellectual property issues, I am excited about working on and hearing about cases in all areas.

WH: What did you do during your deferral period?

Doan: Coming from Sunnyvale, California, and being so far away from the West Coast in DC, I tried to maximize my time at home with family and friends. I had the opportunity to visit my brother in Seattle and other siblings along the West Coast. The highlight was traveling with my brother and his family to Whistler, Canada, for some snowboarding. I definitely need to go back—the mountain was so expansive that we didn’t reach all the slopes.

WH: Tell us a fun fact about yourself...

Doan: I really enjoy fixing things. Whether it be a car, plumbing or things around the house, it’s fun to deconstruct things to figure out how to fix them. Come to think of it, maybe that’s why I ventured into the practice of law.

(McEvoy and her fiancé, Dale, in Rochester, New York.)

Name: Kellie McEvoy
Office: Boston
Practice: Litigation/Controversy
School: University of Michigan Law School

WH: What is it about WilmerHale that made you want to practice here?

McEvoy: I had such a fantastic summer experience at the firm. I remember waking up one morning during the summer and realizing I was excited to go to work, and more than that, I’d been excited to go to work every morning that week. The environment at WilmerHale is a perfect mix of challenge and support. There are so many bright and engaging people who constantly "up the ante" intellectually and then stop by to make sure your day is going well.

WH: What are you most looking forward to as you begin your practice?

McEvoy: I’m excited to learn! I know that sounds simple, but after a very luxuriously relaxed deferral period, I’m ready to get my hands dirty. I’m looking forward to spending time with the talented attorneys in the classes above me, and I’m hoping to pick up some writing and speaking tips by observing them. I've had a chance to watch a deposition already, and it was fascinating.

WH: What did you do during your deferral period?

McEvoy: I did a lot of traveling. I spent two weeks in France with my family, and a month and half in South Africa with my fiancé (who is South African) and his family. I also visited family in upstate New York and Ohio. I spent some time volunteering with Teach for America as well, but mostly I slowly and happily worked my way through the huge stack of books I’ve been collecting and meaning to read for years.

WH: Tell us a fun fact about yourself...

McEvoy: I really love geology. I have a deep and abiding fascination with rocks. I even wrote my undergraduate history thesis on Uranium. My family and friends will be quick to tell you I'm an exasperating hiking companion; I'm always holding up the group to stop and pick up a rock.

(Mowell on her honeymoon in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.)

Name: Heather Mowell
Office: Washington DC
Practice: Securities Litigation & Enforcement
School: University of Maryland School of Law

WH: What is it about WilmerHale that made you want to practice here?

Mowell: I studied business and finance in college, so I was attracted to business law when I started law school in 2007. In the spring of 2008, I took a class called Futures, Options and Derivatives, which narrowed my interest to securities law. WilmerHale has an excellent Securities Litigation & Enforcement Practice and a wonderful reputation in general, so I was excited about the opportunity to start my law career with the firm.

WH: What are you most looking forward to as you begin your practice?

Mowell: I’m looking forward to getting to know the people in my practice group. I got to know a few people during the summer, but I’m excited to experience the securities group as a whole. I’m also looking forward to working on securities assignments, especially after following the field, and the work that WilmerHale has done in the field, for so long.

WH: What did you do during your deferral period?

Mowell: I got married in September 2010. We spent the week after the wedding in the Outer Banks in North Carolina with our friends, then we went on our honeymoon in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, a beach town 40 miles south of Cancun. At the resort, we enjoyed good food and good drinks, and did plenty of reading. It was great to finally unwind after the bar exam and the wedding. Since September, we’ve been settling into and enjoying the first few months of married life.

WH: Tell us a fun fact about yourself...

Mowell: I used to pride myself on being athletic, and played sports throughout college. In October 2009, my husband and I ran the Baltimore half marathon and I hurt my knee during the race. Now I try to avoid working out, and instead pride myself on cooking healthy.