32 SPRING 2014 D Y L A N GO L D B Y she says. “The reward is to see the rapid growth in these clients—and grow with them.” Organic Growth Overseas Wanting U.S. lawyers “on the ground” in Asia, says 3L Digo Takahashi, some Edward Dhong ’96, regional counsel for IBM in Seoul, South Korea. demand for U.S. lawyers in Asia,” Takahashi says. “There are a lot of mergers and acquisitions taking place, for instance, in the technology sector in particular.” Takahashi, who grew up in Japan, worked as a summer associate at international firms have started to “organically grow” teams of young associates right out of law school, despite the conventional belief that graduates should get experience in the United States before working in Asia. “There is a growing Morrison & Foerster’s Tokyo office last year. After spending 10 weeks in the firm’s corporate department, he was asked to come back as an associate in September 2014, after he graduates from UC Hastings and takes the bar exam.
Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014
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