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David Grant

Associate Attorney, Payne & Fears LLP
2008 | Irvine, CA
University of Wisconsin-Madison | Philosophy
“The activity that prepared me most for practicing was Law Review. It gave me the first taste of working as part of a joint enterprise to put forth an outstanding product. And it inculcated in me the absolute necessity of attention to detail and near-perfect work product our profession demands.”
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What are your current work responsibilities?
I am an associate attorney in the business litigation group for a midsized, regional law firm specializing in employment and business litigation. My primary focus is trade secrets litigation, both prosecution and defense. The firm represents a wide variety of businesses, from fortune 500 companies to smaller, local startups.

What are the most rewarding aspects of your job?
I work with extremely intelligent, hard-working, thorough, and ethical attorneys, who make me proud of my chosen profession. I find the intellectual rigors of motion practice very satisfying, as well as the satisfaction of a job well done for the client.

Were there certain experiences at MSU Law that helped you prepare for or obtain your current position?
Besides the rigors of working harder than I had previously thought possible, the activity that prepared me most for practicing was Law Review. It gave me the first taste of working as part of a joint enterprise to put forth an outstanding product. And it inculcated in me the absolute necessity of attention to detail and near-perfect work product our profession demands.

What would you consider to be the strengths of the Law College?
The strengths include an outstanding faculty that makes efforts to prepare students for the practical challenges they will face while also exploring some of the more esoteric and interesting questions in the law. I also found colleagues and friends who challenged each other to succeed and to leave the Law College in even better shape than when we arrived.


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