7/14/21 - News
Meet Adam Greiner
SHJ is proud to welcome our largest-ever class of summer associates to the firm.
Adam Greiner is a rising 3L at The University of Texas School of Law, where he volunteers with the Expunction Project as part of the school’s Mithoff Pro Bono Program. He earned a B.A. in History from the College of William & Mary.
When did you become interested in pursuing law?
My parents are lawyers, so I grew up basically litigating at the dinner table. I knew I was going to eventually go for either an M.B.A. or a law degree, but I took some time after college to consider the decision and worked at the Audi of America headquarters in Virginia for eight months. At that point, I decided that law school was the next step.
How did you connect with SHJ?
SHJ caught my eye because of the firm’s size and the complex litigation work they do. I wanted to get to have real responsibilities, work on interesting cases, and experience the whole litigation process from start to finish. Once I started interviewing with SHJ, I realized there was a great culture fit, too. I’m a social person, and the idea of being able to know everyone I work with was really appealing.
What is your day-to-day like? How are you finding the work and the culture?
I’m one month into the position, and I can say that it has exceeded my expectations so far. Everyone has been so welcoming, and they’re always willing to take the time to teach and explain. They’re serious about doing excellent work and committing to intellectual rigor, but they’re also open and accessible to newcomers.
The work has been rewarding. Instead of being thrown into an endless research slog, which is often the case with summer associate programs at huge firms, I feel like what I’m doing is valuable and contributes to the solution the firm is trying to produce for its clients.
I’ve been working primarily on the grape growers case, which is exciting since it’s such a high-profile case for the firm. That case was actually a big draw for me specifically; I was exposed to similar conflict litigation on the defense side when I worked at Hollingsworth in Washington, D.C. a few years ago. Coming here and being able to do that work for real feels great.
In addition, I’ve been drafting a deposition outline for one case and writing a memo on antitrust law for another. That’s fun for me because I haven’t had the opportunity to study antitrust law in detail, so I’m just learning on the job, trying to piece everything together as I go. The lawyers have also been taking me to some depositions. Law school does not prepare you at all for depositions—they tell you what depositions are, but you never see one or understand how they work—so getting that kind of real-world experience very early on has been amazing.
What’s one thing you hope to get out of your time at SHJ?
Plainly put, I want to improve myself. I’m going to be a litigator and I’m keen to develop my litigating skills in every area I can, so I’d like to gain exposure to new and interesting types of law. In the four weeks I’ve been here, I’ve already become better at the stuff I’m going to be doing for the rest of my career.