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To kick off the new year, Nelson Mullins is featuring newly elected partners in a Q&A throughout the month of January. Join us in celebrating the firm’s newest partners by getting to know them.
Brandon Moulard practices in the area of school and college law and joined the firm in 2013.
1. What has been the biggest hurdle you have overcome in your career?
My first full-time job was at a small, plaintiff-side employment law firm. Just weeks after passing the bar, I was expected to manage a large caseload independently, almost always against more experienced opposing counsel with greater resources. I had to teach myself on the fly how to navigate federal and state procedure, work up a case file, and communicate with my clients. Before long, I was managing two other attorneys fresh out of law school. I ran into a lot of bumps in the road in those early days. But I also learned valuable lessons about how to litigate and provide quality client service.
2. Describe how you feel about your career now that you’ve made partner.
It’s an enormous honor and privilege to be made a partner at a firm like Nelson Mullins. And I feel proud that the countless hours I’ve put into my work, including many late nights and weekends in the office, have paid off. But I also recognize that I’m only in my 30s and that I still have plenty of room for growth. I consider my promotion to partnership an early step in what I hope to be a long, successful career practicing law.
3. What are your key components to being successful in your career?
I’m continually working to improve the clarity and persuasiveness of my writing. I consider that to be a lifelong endeavor. I’m also someone who benefits from routine and planning. At the beginning of each year, I create a plan for how to meet my billable goal and do everything in my power to stick to that plan. Every Sunday, I plan my goals for the upcoming week. And every night, I create a task list for the following day. Those habits have kept me mindful of the particular needs of each of my cases and have helped me to maintain a steady pipeline of work. Outside of the office, regular exercise and good sleep habits keep me sharp and productive.
4. Who had the greatest influence in your career that helped drive you to partnership?
I’ve been privileged to work alongside so many people who exemplify how to be a good attorney. I’m particularly indebted to my team leaders, Glenn Brock and Nina Gupta, for bringing me to Nelson Mullins and trusting and supporting me in my early career.
5. What’s the best piece of advice you would give an associate who wants to make partner?
Be kind and respectful to everyone you work with, actively seek advice from more experienced attorneys, and model yourself on those attorneys who have found success in your area of practice.
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