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Shay Soltani

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. 


Shay Soltani