Will Yavinsky

Washington, D.C.

Dynamic from the moment you arrive

High-quality opportunities
After studying and working abroad, I sought a private sector law firm with an international focus and opportunities for growth. Initially, I wasn’t sure which areas of international legal practice might suit me best. But I knew that the firm’s strength across different practice areas would give me great exposure to internationally focused work and career development, no matter which team I joined.

A memorable moment for me as a summer associate was the morning I received a call from a partner in the Project and International Finance practice. She knew I previously worked in Latin America, and she asked if I could help translate and offer thoughts on a Spanish-language legal document in advance of a client meeting that afternoon. When I completed the assignment, the partner invited me to join the meeting as well. It was a thrill as a summer associate to learn about the issue, complete the assignment, and help advise the client – all in one day.

Personal growth

I joined the firm as an associate after graduation and settled in our Corporate practice group, where I typically supported multiple active M&A transactions and other corporate matters. Often, I acted as the lead corporate associate working directly with partners and clients. As a senior associate, I was seconded to a U.S.-based industrial sector client and worked as a member of its in-house legal team for several months. Through these experiences, and with the support and encouragement of my supervising partners, I gained valuable insight into how to develop client relationships as a trusted advisor. Now as a partner, I advise clients primarily on mergers and acquisitions as well as other U.S. and international business transactions across a variety of industries, connect members of our firm’s global legal practice to clients to advance their business goals, and train and mentor other team members to achieve their own personal professional goals. 

Deep relationships 

I live and work primarily in Washington, D.C., but also travel to our offices in New York, across the United States, and abroad to meet face to face with colleagues and client teams. I’ve met so many interesting people at the firm working on diverse domestic and international matters. And I’ve gotten to know the open and collaborative firm culture that I enjoy and appreciate today. I count several colleagues among my close friends.