May 15, 2020 Articles

How to Differentiate Yourself as a Young Litigator

Tips from a partner who has done it all.

By Shana Marks
What makes you marketable and valuable is a wide breadth of knowledge.

What makes you marketable and valuable is a wide breadth of knowledge.

Rita McNeil Danish is a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister in their Columbus and Chicago offices. Her practice focuses on women-, minority-, and veteran-owned businesses; local government and government relations, crisis management, and public finance and economic development. She previously served as a magistrate and judge, a city attorney, and the assistant deputy legal counsel for Governor George V. Voinovich, among other positions.

It can be challenging for young associates to feel fully integrated in a litigation team. Senior associates and partners often handle the depositions, hearings, and trials, with newer associates focusing on tasks such as legal research and document review.

But just because younger associates aren’t always standing up in court doesn’t mean that they aren’t advocating for clients. There is value to be added at every level, and Rita McNeil Danish, a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, has some insight on how young associates can best position themselves to make a strong impression.

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