Phillip Smith Profiled on

"How I Made Partner: The More You Do Something, the Better You Get at It"
March 11, 2024

In an article published March 11, 2024 on, Phillip N. Smith Jr. is profiled highlighting his journey to becoming a partner at the firm.

When asked what Smith sees as the deciding point for the firm in electing him, he said, “I believe my firm made me a partner based on my performance in several cases, including successfully trying a case approximately three months after joining. I also believe the firm valued the significant litigation experience I brought, having tried dozens of cases in front of a jury during my career in the public sector. As I am also a commissioned JAG officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, I think the firm valued my ability to successfully manage two careers (i.e., a “civilian” career and a military career).”

Smith would advise an associate aiming to make partner to “Take initiative and attempt to think outside the box. Try not to overwork yourself. Find a mentor who is someone you aspire to be and learn from them. Stay relevant. Maintain and broaden competency by pursuing continuing education opportunities.”

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