We asked Cassie Vertovec, the Managing Director of Practice Management and Innovation at Paul Hastings LLP to tell us about her career path, what she loves most about that she does, her thoughts on the biggest challenges facing law firms today and why she finds her LVN membership valuable.
Tell us how you got into your field.
Going back as far as I can remember, I wanted to be a lawyer. Everyone I met thought I would be a lawyer, so it seemed like it was meant to be. I went to college and started studying business and psychology, which turned out to be a great combination. I got a job at an AmLaw 100 law firm the summer after my freshman year, and the rest is history! I spent all college breaks working on the administrative side of the firm and really enjoyed learning about the business of law. I spent a couple of years working in finance post-graduation, but have working in business management for AmLaw 100 law firms ever since.
What do you love most about what you do?
Practice management in big law has evolved greatly over the past 15 years and continues to do so. No two firms do it exactly the same way and thus no two days are alike. I love the variety and pace of the work and the excitement of finding new projects (because there are always more!). I also love working alongside some of the finest lawyers in the world to operationalize their business strategy. There is so much that law firms can do to operate more like the companies they support, and I’m happy to be driving and participating in those efforts.
What do you think are some of the biggest challenges facing law firms