What advice would you offer to women
just starting out in the industry?
I would offer the same advice to women
in just about any industry—don’t assume
the answer is no. Aggressively seek out
the opportunities you want and the advice
you need. Don’t wait for a supervisor to
determine your career path; just speak up
and ask for responsibility. Take on as much
as you can handle, with each experience
your industry knowledge builds making
you a valuable asset to both your clients
and your colleagues. Share your ideas and
insights where relevant on your transactions; you can add value even at a junior
level. Do your homework. Make yourself
essential to your clients and supervisors by
doing the most homework and being the
most focused member of the team.
What do you know now that you wish you
knew in the beginning of your career?
While I am fortunate to have a lot of strong
client relationships that started very
early in my career, there are also plenty of
people I have worked with along the way
others’ successful experiences. Cahill does
have a formal mentoring program for all
associates, but I always suggest that junior
people seek out informal mentors as well.
The most rewarding mentoring relation-
ships I have had were those where I found
a person whose practice interested me,
or whose professional persona seemed to
offer something I should emulate.
What do you think the industry could
do to attract and retain the best and the
We all need to invest in our young talent
and offer them a road map of opportunity.
At Cahill, we have a free-market system for
the associate attorneys. Associates are
not stifled by practice group definitions
and are encouraged to try different areas
of law, and work with as many different
supervisors and clients as possible. Our
theory is that you will become a better lawyer if you have some experience in areas
outside your own focus area, because it
will provide context for your work within
your specialty. At the same time, it allows
freedom of choice for our associates to
build their own careers in a way that is
most interesting to them. By offering
opportunities and training coupled with
choice, hopefully firms in our industry will
be able to retain the most important assets
we all have: our people whom we have
trained and developed.
with whom I have lost contact. Due to the
pace of our industry and the fact that there
is only so much time to focus on all the
competing concerns in building a career,
business development often goes by the
wayside. Networking and nurturing client
relationships is critical at every level, and
it’s worth committing time to business
development and networking, starting
day one. It is likely you will see a lot of the
same faces in different roles throughout
your career because our world of finance is
smaller than you may think.
What kind of role has mentoring and/or
sponsorship played in your career?
I have been fortunate throughout my
career to have been mentored by thoughtful and accomplished attorneys (and in
some cases, clients!). They have taught
me how to be a better lawyer, and how
to manage a rewarding life alongside a
rewarding career. They have also taken the
time to further my understanding of the
market forces and the financial products that now form the basis of my legal
practice. It is hard to underestimate the
value of mentoring for a young corporate
attorney—the hours can be long, and the
substance of the work is complex, detailed
and challenging. While everyone needs
to find an individual workplace path that
fits his or her own life situation, it can be
so useful to borrow what you can from
Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
s a member of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP’s corporate practice group,
Jennifer counsels commercial and investment banks and other lending
institutions in leveraged finance and asset-based lending transactions,
including acquisition financings, leveraged buyouts, going-private trans-
actions, recapitalizations, project financings, debt restructurings, and
other secured lending transactions.
Jennifer serves as one of Cahill’s co-administrative partners managing and overseeing the day-to-day business matters of the Firm in coordination with the Firm’s Executive Committee. She has also served on the Firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee,
Hiring Committee and Women’s Initiative Committee.
Jennifer has practiced in a variety of industries, including communications, gaming,
retail, energy, manufacturing, media, publishing and internet technology. She has a
broad range of financing experience in both US and cross-border transactions.
Jennifer is a member of the State Bar of New York, the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association and has been recommended as a leading
finance lawyer by IFLR1000 and The Legal 500. She holds a degree from Princeton
University and New York University School of Law.