Cast Your VoteJonathan Thompson

WilmerHale

Week 3: Casually Cool

What do you like to do for fun?

A better question would be: What don’t you like to do for fun!? This question really depends on the season. During the summer you can usually find me cycling on Dayton’s great bike trails, or playing sand volleyball at Setters!

Hailing from Northern, New York, with its heavy snowfall and cold, my favorite time of the year has always been the winter. In the winter, regardless of how cold everyone around here thinks it is, you can usually find me skiing and snowboarding (or at least thinking about skiing and snowboarding)!

Other than that, I really enjoy being flexible. I’m always willing to try new, fun activities, so if you have any ideas, I’m open to suggestions!


Week 2: Workplace Image

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What do you find most rewarding about your job?

As an attorney working for a firm as large as WilmerHale, many of our clients are large, publicly-traded companies. These companies often face scrutiny from the media and government agencies and as WilmerHale attorneys we have the rewarding opportunities to assist these companies with their efforts on the legal front typically with positive outcomes.

More importantly, however, are the countless pro bono opportunities we have. In the past, I have been fortunate to be able to help the firm advocate on behalf of young women being forced into marriages. I have also assisted the firm with research for the Urban Institute related to the use of police body cameras. And, currently we are preparing nation-wide informational guides for poll workers to help ensure that around the country, everyone who wishes to vote, and is able to, is heard!


Week 1: First Impressions

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What made you decide to pursue your current career or vocation?

Deep down, I think everyone ends up pursuing their given career because they want to “help” others in some way. Doctors want to help people feel better, McDonalds employees go to work knowing that they can satisfy someone’s hunger by providing a Big Mac. Most jobs are created to satisfy society’s needs.

I wanted to become an attorney not only to help people, but I wanted to help them deal with the complicated burdens and stresses that they typically cannot handle by themselves.

The thought of helping clients through complex issues with positive results keeps me going!

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