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Charles R. Macedo is a partner at Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP, an intellectual property law boutique located in midtown Manhattan. Mr. Macedo is an authority on intellectual property issues. He is the author of The Corporate Insider’s Guide to U.S. Patent Practice and a frequent contributor to The Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice, IP Law 360 and other publications.
In this short interview, Mr. Macedo offered his insight and suggestions to those just starting their career in the field of law.
Can you describe some of the things that have shaped your career? It helps that I love what I do. My job marries together all my interests: science, law, history and even science fiction/science fact. I often get to work on projects that would have been science fiction years ago, that are now science fact … and I get paid for it.
Pursuing something that was important to me personally helped develop my professional career. I was able to work on both my legal and business development skills.
What advice would you offer associates and new hires? For associates coming up the ranks, I think it’s still most important to do good work and get along with people. But today, I am also looking at whether he or she will be bringing in new business as a partner or at least helping the firm bring in business.
For someone just starting a career in law, I recommend figuring out what you want to do up front. Work hard and do a good job at whatever is asked of you, but also seek out opportunities to do what you want to do and work even harder to take advantage of those opportunities. You’ll end up presenting yourself as being capable and also very good at doing what you want to do. Overall, it’s important to know who you are, what you want to do, what you can and cannot do. Work with what you have and don’t sell yourself as having what you don’t. Having the right knowledge, tools and relationships will get you there.
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