John Hibbard

“The most unique part about working at Allen & Overy is the opportunity to be a part of a team that covers the globe. One of the most surprising aspects of working here is the degree to which all of the global offices are connected.”

Position

Associate, New York

Key Facts

Attended Duke University School of Law

Practice Area

On Rotation in International Capital Markets

Joined A&O

September 2013

John joined Allen & Overy as a summer associate in the New York office. He received his J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 2013 and then returned to Allen & Overy in New York as an associate. We asked him the following questions:

What were you initially looking for in a summer associate experience?
When I was deciding on a firm for a summer associate position, I considered a number of factors, including breadth of practice area offerings, location, and experiences of people I trusted. Having a variety of practice area offerings was particularly important to me as I had an idea what I wanted to do, but was not quite sure.

Were your expectations met at Allen & Overy?
My expectations were absolutely met during my summer at Allen & Overy. I was exposed to a variety of different practice areas and, as a result, I am now working in a completely different area than I thought I would be. I also had the opportunity to regularly work with lawyers in overseas offices and was exposed to a wide range of jurisdictions, something most of my friends at other big firms did not have the opportunity to do.

What surprised you most about the Allen & Overy Summer Program?
The thing that surprised me the most about the summer program was how much time everyone was willing to spend to make my experience more meaningful and enjoyable. Partners took their mentorship roles seriously and associates made sure I had substantive work that would give me insight into their practice areas. And everyone, of course, made sure that all of the summer associates enjoyed the experience of living and working in New York City.

What do you enjoy most about working at Allen & Overy?
The most enjoyable part about working at Allen & Overy is working every day with smart and professional people that are also very friendly and interested in each other as people, not just as colleagues. This seems to be a part of the culture of the firm and I've enjoyed getting to know everyone I work with, whether in New York, D.C., or overseas.

How does Allen & Overy differ from other firms in New York?
The most unique part about working at Allen & Overy is the opportunity to be a part of a team that covers the globe. One of the most surprising aspects of working here is the degree to which all of the global offices are connected. I regularly work on matters with lawyers in other countries and a large portion of the team I work with in New York came over from international offices.

What kind of clients have you had exposure to since joining Allen & Overy?
The clients that I work for on a day-to-day basis predominantly tend to be large financial entities. However, these clients come from a diverse range of jurisdictions, and each brings unique issues that must be considered. I have also found it to be easy to get involved in pro bono efforts and Allen & Overy has been very supportive of cases that I brought in myself.