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Featured Alumni: Paul Alsdorf

Company/Organization: Twitter, Inc.
Current Title: Senior Litigation Counsel
Years at Farella: 2007 – 2012

What is your fondest memory of your time at Farella? Professionally?

Second-chairing a federal criminal trial with Bill Keane less than a year after joining the firm and getting a great result for our client. Culture-wise? The White Collar group’s annual holiday get-together and gift exchange, further details of which shall remain off the record.

How did Farella help you get to where you are today?

Farella’s low-leverage structure meant that I was often asked not just to complete discrete tasks but to help drive big-picture case strategy and give my thoughts about how a matter would best resolve. I had opportunities to stand up in court, present, and speak, that don’t often come to associates at other firms, which prepared me to jump in to roles where I was wholly focused on strategy and driving towards a favorable outcome.

What do you like most about what you do in your current job?

I get to work in uncharted territory on fundamental issues relating to the health of online speech, regulation of social media platforms, and the global future of the Internet.

What is your proudest accomplishment to date?

My kids!

What is the most valuable lesson you learned while at Farella? How has this lesson impacted you post-Farella?

I learned to think practically and strategically because I was treated as a colleague with valuable insights, even as a junior. It’s helped me speak up in unfamiliar and ambiguous situations, which is a situation I find myself in regularly these days.

What piece of advice would you give to [attorneys] starting their legal career?

Seek out opportunities to take charge of a task and see it through to completion. Law’s hierarchical, but shouldn’t be, and your instincts and conscience should be trusted guides even when you’re feeling uncertain. There are lots of ways of getting good results; develop your own personal style for doing so.

What is your favorite hobby and how did you get into it?

Distance running. I got into it because it was the first sport I was good at. I continue to this day because it’s a meditative time, and one of the few times I can unplug and clear my head.

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