Vault and Firsthand have combined platforms! Learn more


A Day in the Life: Employment Litigator

Published: Mar 15, 2021

Topics: Day in the Life  

Theresa Whitman
Associate, Employment Law Department
Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP

7:45 AM: Arrive at office; checked e-mail, voice mail and a few faxes.

8:00 AM: Edit an outline prepared within the firm that summarizes recent significant California employment law cases.

8:15 AM: Prepare to attend ex-parte hearing regarding an application by plaintiff to shorten time to file and have the court hear a motion to compel further response to interrogatories.

9:30 AM: Attend a hearing with a partner regarding cross-motions for summary judgment. The plaintiff's motion was denied and our client's motion was granted, resulting in a judgment against plaintiff on his entire complaint.

11:00 AM: Meet with senior associate to discuss preparing opposition to a motion to compel further responses to interrogatories to be heard the next day (the same matter on which I was in court earlier in the day for the ex-parte hearing).

11:30 AM: Prepare opposition to motion to compel further interrogatory responses.

12:30 PM: Review documents and deposition transcripts to prepare to attend expert witness deposition.

1:00 PM: Eat lunch on the way to expert witness deposition.

1:30 PM: Attend expert witness deposition.

4:00 PM: Continue to prepare opposition to motion to compel further interrogatory responses and supporting documentation.

7:00 PM: Meet with senior associate to receive feedback on opposition to motion to compel.

7:30 PM: Leave office and head home.


Related Articles

Content Type

On October 27th, Firsthand will host a Diversity & Inclusion Internship Virtual Career Fair. This unique fair offers the rare opportunity to increase your internship prospects and connect with top employers.

Content Type

For more than 130 years, Abbott has changed the world by creating new products and technologies in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices, and branded generic pharmaceuticals. Now, Abbott is changing the face of careers in STEM.