How to Make Partner at Locke Lord


Robbie Li
October 21, 2020
Legal Career

Jonathan Young is a partner at Locke Lord with 30 years of experience in commercial litigation and bankruptcy matters. As Co-Chair of Locke Lord's Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Insolvency Practice Group, Jonathan regularly advises investors, lenders, directors, equity sponsors and portfolio companies in connection with their rights and obligations relative to financial distress, insolvency and bankruptcy situations. He also advises trustees, receivers and other fiduciaries charged with reorganizing, restructuring or liquidating financially distressed entities. Since 2013, Jonathan has been consistently recognized by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in the field of Restructuring and Insolvency.

Jonathan joins the podcast to talk about how he managed his book of business as he moved from Chicago to Boston, and why associates eyeing partnerships should aim to work broadly within the firm.

Listen to the podcast to learn:

  • Jonathan’s assessment of the bankruptcy market, as of July 2020 when the interview took place
  • What the process of becoming a partner was like for Jonathan
  • Why Jonathan believes the bankruptcy and restructuring practice could be a good starting point for young associates looking to find a specialization
  • The 3 “qualitative aspects” that Jonathan believes associates should demonstrate as they strive for partnership
  • How Jonathan views litigation funding, as it becomes more popular within his firm and the legal industry at large 

More tips from top litigators on how they made partner can be found on Legalist's Rainmaker podcast, now available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

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