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Our People

Sheila Boston
Partner, Litigation | 22 Years

Derek Stoldt
Partner, Corporate | 21 Years

Danelco (DC) Moxey
Associate, Litigation | 4 Years

Sheila Boston

Partner, Litigation | 22 Years

What makes Kaye Scholer such a great place to practice law?
The incredibly smart and talented people—attorneys and support staff.

Why did you choose to practice at Kaye Scholer?
The high ranking product liability practice, the people, the commitment to pro bono services and the diversity and inclusion initiatives.

What does it take to succeed at Kaye Scholer?
A strong work ethic, a keen legal acumen, an entrepreneurial and cooperative spirit . . . . and as one becomes more senior, a book of business helps!

What should potential summer associates look for to maximize their Kaye Scholer experience?
Talk to people and get to know them. So much helpful information can be gleaned from conversations, interactions, and hands-on work experience with people at the firm.

How has Kaye Scholer helped you grow as an attorney and as a leader?
I have had great mentors and role models at the firm who have served as shining examples of top-notch attorneys and leaders, and they have been very supportive of my journey in leadership roles—sometimes making the needed introductions, referrals, or simply encouraging me when I had doubts or hesitation about taking on a major leadership role.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received on what it takes to be a great lawyer?
Never allow yourself to become complacent; be flexible and always willing to learn something new; and remember that this is a service sector, so value and nurture your relationships with others.

What defines/comprises quality Kaye Scholer client service in your practice area?
The products liability group often has to function in a “virtual law firm” structure, so it is important that we are able to “play nicely in the sandbox”; we are flexible and can serve as local, regional or national counsel in large complex litigations; we can provide the expertise in strategic decisions through counseling and write successful briefs, as well as try cases; we stay abreast of legal trends and cutting edge ideas in our field of law; we were among the first to develop alternative fee arrangements for our clients; and we pride ourselves on learning the business of our clients and working in partnership with them on their legal matters.

What’s your top tip for successfully integrating work-life demands?
My motto is “work hard, play hard.” There is no such thing as true balance in an attorney’s life. There are days when work takes precedence and days when family/life takes precedence. The key is accepting that fact and using good judgment in prioritizing the competing interests in your life.

Where did you go on your most recent vacation?
For our wedding anniversary, my husband and I traveled to Italy! We went to Rome, Florence, Sienna, and Vienna; it was Buonissimo!

Derek Stoldt

Partner, Corporate | 21 Years

What area of law do you practice and why?
Corporate. I like learning new businesses and products and their component parts.

What are you currently working on?
Acquisitions and collaborations. Typically, my deals are in a combination of private equity/financial services and healthcare/life sciences (and that is true right now).

How do you spend your free time?
I coach my sons in baseball and basketball during the school year and we race sailboats and play tennis in the summer.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received on what it takes to be a great lawyer?
You can always improve your writing. Always.

What does it take to succeed at Kaye Scholer?
There is no single path. We have a full spectrum of personalities, backgrounds and approaches, but the common ground is found in continuing to improve your skills and understanding the clients’ businesses.

Where did you go on your most recent vacation?
It’s summer, so my most recent vacation spot was Beach Haven, NJ.

What’s playing on your iPod?
At this very moment, it is stuck on Young Rising Sons, but until yesterday I was nostalgically listening to Fleetwood Mac for a week straight. I have no idea why.

Danelco (DC) Moxey

Associate, Litigation | 4 Years

What makes Kaye Scholer such a great place to practice law?
The people. Simply stated; I enjoy working with the people at Kaye Scholer. 

Why did you choose to practice at Kaye Scholer?
Same as above. I chose Kaye Scholer because of the fantastic attorneys and people that I get to work with and I stay at Kaye Scholer because of them.

What does it take to succeed at Kaye Scholer?
Attention to detail, critical thinking and intelligence are expected of every attorney at Kaye Scholer. A successful attorney at Kaye Scholer also takes complete ownership of the assignment or matter so that the final deliverable exceeds expectations.

What should potential summer associates look for to maximize their Kaye Scholer experience?
Summer associates should look to develop relationships with the attorneys and support staff during the summer program. 

How has Kaye Scholer helped you grow as an attorney and as a leader?
From my first assignment to my most recent, the partners and senior associates have been, and continue to be, more than willing to give junior associates challenging tasks and responsibilities. In addition, the firm is always looking for associates to take leadership roles on the firm’s internal committees. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received on what it takes to be a great lawyer?
Take ownership of whatever task is assigned to you. Put yourself in the position of the person giving you the assignment and deliver the kind of work product that you would want to receive.

What defines/comprises quality Kaye Scholer client service in your practice area?
Attention to detail and excellent legal analysis, all delivered in a package that is both helpful and useful for the client. 

What’s your top tip for successfully integrating work-life demands?
Work-life balance is achieved over time. There will be times when work is particularly busy and you will have to adjust accordingly. Fortunately, the same can be said when your personal life becomes busy; you have the ability to adjust your work schedule accordingly. 

Where did you go on your most recent vacation?
I went on a two week vacation traveling along the northwestern coast of Spain with my wife and daughter. Stop by my office to see the pictures. 

Shay Soltani
Associate, Corporate | 3 Years

Andrew Peace
Associate, Real Estate | 1 Year

Shay Soltani

Associate, Corporate | 3 Years

What makes Kaye Scholer such a great place to practice law?
I get to work on challenging deals in an environment with lawyers I respect and enjoy being around.

Why did you choose to practice at Kaye Scholer?
I liked the general nature of the corporate practice because I wanted training in not just M&A, but also securities work and general corporate governance.

What does it take to succeed at Kaye Scholer?
There’s no one answer to this, but in my experience, the most successful people here are both dedicated and enthusiastic.

What should potential summer associates look for to maximize their Kaye Scholer experience?
Although they will hear this a lot, summer associates should try to take on assignments in as many different practice areas as they can. This will not only help them figure out what they want to practice post-graduation, but it will also allow them to understand all of the work we do as a firm and how different practice areas interact with one another.

How has Kaye Scholer helped you grow as an attorney and as a leader?
Because our deals are staffed “leanly,” meaning we rarely have more than one or two associates staffed on a matter, you are doing interesting work from day one. Within weeks of starting, I was staffed to multiple deals and was working directly with partners and clients. That sort of “trial by fire” environment has given me valuable experience and allowed me to take ownership of my work.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received on what it takes to be a great lawyer?
When I first started, I was told that the best junior associates take the time to know what is going on in all aspects of the deal, not just the parts on which they have been asked to work. Understanding the bigger picture of a transaction informs your work and makes you a more efficient and effective transactional attorney. It also makes the deal more interesting.

What defines/comprises quality Kaye Scholer client service in your practice area?
Understanding a client’s needs and working with them to structure a deal that gets them what they want, while anticipating issues and solving problems along the way.

What’s your top tip for successfully integrating work-life demands?
Be realistic about the demands of the job, but make time for having a life outside of work. And take comfort in the fact that getting reservations at popular restaurants is much easier when you’re eating dinner at 9:30.

Where did you go on your most recent vacation?
Northern Italy. We rented a car and drove from Venice to Bologna, Parma, Modena and through the Piedmont region. I would highly recommend the trip to anyone who likes cheese and prosciutto. 

 

Andrew Peace

Associate, Real Estate | 1 Year

What makes Kaye Scholer such a great place to practice law?
The people. Kaye Scholer isn’t a law firm it’s a community. People take pride in getting to know each other and go out of their way to attend events, reach out to new staff and help younger attorneys grow in their career.

Why did you choose to practice at Kaye Scholer?
The opportunity to do top-tier legal work in a non-competitive, friendly environment drew me to the firm. Although the summer events didn’t hurt either. . . 

What does it take to succeed at Kaye Scholer?
As a junior attorney, I believe that the two most important things are making the effort to be available and having a willingness to learn.

What should potential summer associates look for to maximize their Kaye Scholer experience?
I would recommend that summer associates take the time to meet and interact with as many lawyers, in as many different practice groups as possible. It’s a great way to learn about the culture of not only the firm, but also the individual practice groups.

How has Kaye Scholer helped you grow as an attorney and as a leader?
From the beginning, I have been given the opportunity to interact with clients and opposing counsel on a regular basis, which has allowed me to hone the skills that I believe make for a successful lawyer.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received on what it takes to be a great lawyer?
Take advantage of being surrounded by the exceptional lawyers here by asking questions and learning as much as possible.

What defines/comprises quality Kaye Scholer client service in your practice area?
Regardless of what issues come up, having a willingness to adapt and respond accordingly to close the deal.

What’s your top tip for successfully integrating work-life demands?
I’ll let you know when I figure it out.

Where did you go on your most recent vacation?
North Carolina to visit my mom.