Early Responsibility

...gain invaluable experience right away...

Maile S. Miller

University of Hawaii
William S. Richardson School of Law, 2014

When I first began working at Starn O’Toole Marcus & Fisher, I was immediately thrown into the thick of it.  Within the first few months of working, I already had close working relationships with the firm’s major clients and had drafted several large contracts.

I felt rewarded by this early responsibility because I was able to get hands-on experience without toiling away researching or doing document review for the first year of my career.  The directors encourage associates to take responsibility over a case and are not in the business of micro-managing the details. The director's trust allows associates like me to gain invaluable experience right away and provides me with the tools to build my own book of business.

I have been told that other firms, especially large firms, do not offer young associates these same opportunities.  Knowing that I have real responsibilities that can affect important clients lets me know that I am an integral part of the SOM&F team.