The sometimes murky path to partner: newly promoted lawyers on how they made it to the top

How do new partners feel about their path to promotion, their readiness for the job and their future career prospects?

That big promotion from associate to partner is one that rarely happens without years of planning and preparation. Sometimes it’s seamless; other times it’s a surprise.

Take the contrasting experiences of Jai Massari at Davis Polk & Wardwell and Andrea D’Ambra at Norton Rose Fulbright. Both women made partner in 2017. But Massari’s partnership promotion took her almost by surprise.

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