Christopher Adams Sees Making Partner as a ‘Step in the Journey’

Christopher W. Adams

Christopher W. Adams, J.D. ’06, this year became a partner at the Washington, D.C. firm of Squire Patton Boggs, where he specializes in intellectual property and technology. He has been at the firm since 2008, first as an associate and then as of counsel. 

While attending Baltimore Law at night, Adams worked for several Northern Virginia federal government IT solutions providers, gaining hands-on experience in all phases of the software development lifecycle. He holds many industry certifications.

In an interview earlier this year with, Adams shared some advice he received from a colleague on how to approach this next phase of his career. “He reminded me that as Nelson Mandela said, ‘After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb,’ and so I should take this as an important step in the journey, but not the destination.” 

His advice to young law firm associates? “Have a positive mindset and be respectful of both your professional colleagues and your administrative support staff; most have been at the firm longer than you, and they have lessons to teach you that will be helpful to your career development.”

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