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Advice on a Legal Career

— by on March 2nd, 2012

Christopher Lamberson, a member of Washington and Lee’s Class of 1995, describes his “roundabout” route to his career as a transactional attorney—and as a new member of the management committee of his Memphis law firm, Glankler Brown P.L.L.C.—in a March 1 interview with the Memphis Daily News.

Christopher first explored business and finance during high school, thanks to encouragement from his father, as well as a gift: instructional tapes on using a Hewlett-Packard financial calculator. While at W&L, he built on that knowledge during summers, selling and reselling mobile homes. “I guess that kind of taught me a lot about finance,” he told the paper, “and taught me even more about people.”

Christopher, who is from the Memphis area, followed his W&L degree in business administration and accounting with an M.B.A. and a J.D. from the University of Memphis.

His long acquaintance with Glankler Brown, which has been in business for 94 years, and the family that ran it kindled a desire to work for the firm, leading him first to a clerkship and then to a full-time position, which he took in 1999. He’s been a member of the firm since 2008, and just joined the management committee.

Read the full interview here, in which Christopher talks further about his work, what he finds rewarding and the experience necessary for such a career.