Emily RossiView Biography
Why did you choose to continue your legal career at Ropes & Gray?
The people—during the interview process, it was clear I’d be working with a great group of people who were invested in their work and their colleagues. I think this job can be very challenging at times; you can have demanding clients, you can have late nights. Knowing the people I’d be working with were easy to get along with was important. That came through very clearly in the interview process. The way everyone talked about their colleagues and the work they do together made it clear that these were people who enjoyed working together, which I don’t think is true about all the firms out there.
How has Ropes & Gray helped you build a career as a lawyer?
The firm places a high priority on training—not only the legal skills and substantive material you need to master for your particular practice, but also the softer people and managerial skills to help an associate advance from a junior to a midlevel and senior associate. It’s reassuring to know that you have a support system, both in your specific practice group and in the firm as a whole, to help as you advance in your career. Our work puts the training into practice, and more senior associates and partners take the time to share why and how they do it, and they do it in a constructive criticism type of way. It creates a good relationship, where I feel comfortable asking questions and I feel comfortable getting feedback.
It’s reassuring to know that you have a support system, both in your specific practice group and in the firm as a whole to help as you advance in your career.”
Tell us about a memorable matter you’ve worked on.
We recently helped a credit fund form and negotiate a programmatic distressed debt joint venture, as well as acquire, originate and finance its first two assets. The transactions were challenging and complicated, and required us to work across practice groups—from real estate to tax to bankruptcy. It was a great learning experience and really showcased that Ropes & Gray has a deep bench of incredibly knowledgeable lawyers. I worked on a few different parts of the transactions—assisting with the negotiation and structuring of the joint venture, as well as the note-on-note financing and senior participation. These matters showed how our work is really multifaceted. One deal can require a number of different skills and touch a number of different industries, so you’re always learning something new while also honing the skills and knowledge you already have.
Tell us about a pro bono matter you’ve worked on.
We recently assisted a local nonprofit with a nuisance and construction issue at their office space. After reviewing their lease, we were able to help the nonprofit better understand their rights and initiate a discourse with their landlord on how to best resolve the issue. I was the lead associate on this matter, not only reviewing the lease and relevant local precedent, but also engaging directly with the client on their concerns and possible remedies.
One deal can require a number of different skills and touch a number of different industries, so you’re always learning something new while also honing the skills and knowledge you already have.”
How would you describe the firm’s culture?
The firm’s culture is welcoming and inclusive. It’s a big law firm, and in other places, laterals may just blend in and be one of many. Ropes makes a point of making new associates and laterals feel welcome, like they are part of the family. Associates are appreciated not just for the work they do, but also for who they are.
What tips would you give a potential applicant?
Take the time to meet more people in the group, whether via email or over coffee. It’s better for you and them, as you’ll spend a lot of time together if you end up joining the firm.