Andrew Short JD '85
Paul Hastings partner Andrew Short is head of the tax department in the firm's New York office. When he joined Paul Hastings as a lateral associate from Sullivan & Cromwell in 1988, the New York operation was a start-up venture. "At that time, many of the large California law firms were setting up in New York," Mr. Short recalls. "Seth Zachary, who is now the Chairman of Paul Hastings, recruited me as the first tax associate in the new office. I saw it as a great opportunity." It was a challenge for Mr. Short, in just his second job out of law school, to grow the practice, and his efforts have been instrumental in the firm's flourishing. "I've enjoyed watching the New York office grow from about ten lawyers when I started to well over 200 today," he says. "Throughout that process I've had countless opportunities to confront and resolve new issues in applying my field of tax to the different areas of law practiced by my colleagues. I've been here 22 years but it's never the same job because we're always working on different things. Transactional legal practice changes very quickly. The types of transactions change, and the work is always challenging and interesting. It's a constantly moving target-there's no getting in a rut."
As current J.D. candidates prepare for careers in corporate law, they would do well to heed the words of Andrew Short. Noting that the advice the partnership imparts to young associates applies equally to law students, Mr. Short says, "It's a different marketplace than it was in the up-market. More responsibilities are falling on junior associates, and they have to be very aware of their own development and the value they are adding to the projects they're working on. There is no time to be complacent; you have to be thinking always about how better to serve the clients, how to further the clients' interests. If they are always asking themselves how they can promote the clients' interests, they will be ahead of the game."
~contributed by John A. Lauricella
Special to Cornell Law School