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26 Questions and Answers by Ryan Brunner

Published June 20th, 2019 | Ryan has over 10 years of experience interviewing
candidates in the healthcare, public service, and private manufacturing/distribution industries.
Question 1 of 26
Where do you feel you could use some improvement in the litigation/arbitration process at this point in your career?
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While this may seem like the age old question of pointing out your biggest weakness, it is important for you to see this question as more of an opportunity to point out where you may have some inexperience or deficiencies. This gives you the ability to talk about personal growth in your career and what you have done or would like to do to grow professionally in this area.
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Top 25 Katten Muchin Rosenman Interview Questions with Full Content
1.
Where do you feel you could use some improvement in the litigation/arbitration process at this point in your career?
While this may seem like the age old question of pointing out your biggest weakness, it is important for you to see this question as more of an opportunity to point out where you may have some inexperience or deficiencies. This gives you the ability to talk about personal growth in your career and what you have done or would like to do to grow professionally in this area.

Ryan's Answer #1
"Having come out of law school and began in a high stress, high case load environment for the past six years, I haven't been able to really hone in on and craft my time management skills to the point I would like to. I most often relied on our paralegals and office secretary to keep me organized when things were busy. Coming to this role with Katten Muchin Rosenman, I would look to learn from others about their best methods for time management without relying on the assistance of others."
Ryan's Answer #2
"As you can see from my experience on my resume, a majority of my litigation experience has come in the area of labor laws, work comp and FMLA. Now, I am at a point in my career where I'd love to branch out and hone my skills in other areas that interest me and I believe that opportunity exists for me here at Katten Muchin Rosenman. In talking with some of your colleagues here, I'd love to take on and be a part of cases that involve the environment and energy."
2.
Talk about the most difficult work situation you have found yourself in and explain how you used sound judgement to find a great outcome?
During your training and through your career up to this point, you have certainly faced some difficult situations that you could easily discuss with your interviewer. But your interviewer isn't so much interested in the situation here as they are in your ability to think on your feet and use your best personal judgement to make the situation better. In the example you give, be sure to prepare for a time where you can exemplify this ability with success.

Ryan's Answer #1
"Early in my career as a litigator for a large firm that handled criminal defense cases, I was slammed with a very large caseload almost always. In the months leading up to the Christmas period, I had three high profile trials that were all progressing to dates that would fall very near each other. After motioning to have some of the cases moved around with no leniency from the court, I had to think fast and work ahead as much as possible to ensure that all three cases were handled to the best of my ability. When crunch time came, I approached a colleague and their paralegal for all of the help I could get and they willingly obliged. With all three cases heading to trial without a hitch, I was very thankful for my resourcefulness and made sure to pay the favor back to my colleague the next time he needed it!"
Ryan's Answer #2
"During my time arbitrating employment disputes for the state of California and mostly handling unemployment cases, I encountered one particularly difficult situation where things got physical in the conference room of the county workforce resource center. My cases mostly involved disputes when companies would fight the payment of unemployment benefits based on malfeasance of the employee. During one particular case, a tow truck company was disputing a claim by a terminated employee and during arbitration, the supervisor from the company accused the terminated employee of harassing other employees and creating a fearful work environment. With that said, the terminated employee reached over the table and grabbed the supervisor by the collar of his shirt and started swinging. Being a female that is small in stature, my first instinct was to run and grab a member of the building's security team and they reacted quickly. When matters had settled, I immediately postponed the hearing and warned both parties that security would be present in a week when we met again. A final warning to the terminated employee was to let him know that charges would be pressed if any outbursts should occur the next time."
3.
What drew you to an interest in pursuing a career in real estate law? What excites you each day to be successful in this area?
For this question, your interviewer is really looking for your own personal motivation to be successful in your career choice. Be sure to hit on the skills and abilities that you possess that make you successful in real estate law while also reiterating that you are easily motivated each and every day on the job. Both Katten Muchin Rosenman and their clients will depend on your ability to do so.

Ryan's Answer #1
"Going to law school as really an open book and looking to find my niche, real estate law was very easy for me to gravitate to because of my ability to be detailed in contracts and agreements while upholding the letter of the law. I also really loved the opportunity to work with very high profile clients on helping their businesses succeed through new land purchases. Still being pretty young in my career, my main motivator are my clients that I represent and they are truly the only need I have to be motivated for success in my work."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Growing up, I watched my mother thrive as a real estate agent in my hometown and she motivated me to pursue a license to sell property while attending school for my undergraduate degree. As I sold some homes and realized my knack in the field, may passion for large scale transactions was really my main motivator to pursue a law degree and eventually practice in real estate law. To this day, nothing excites me more than working with a client on a successful transaction."
4.
Some of our business here at Katten Muchin Rosenman is representing companies in collective bargaining agreements. What experience in the collective bargaining process would you bring to the team here?
Unionization throughout many industries has brought forth the need for employment attorneys to assist in representing organization's at the bargaining table. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear what experience you have in this realm so be prepared to talk in detail about the important and necessary aspects for helping the organization you are representing to meet all of their business objectives during the negotiation. Talk about the importance of communication and fact finding in your answer to demonstrate that you will bring those qualities to the organizations that you will represent.

Ryan's Answer #1
"During my years of practice out in California, I represented employers at the negotiating table with large unions like the SEIU and UNITE. Through any negotiation, my first order of business with my clients was to sit down with management to discuss goals and then to draft proposals to the union that met all of the goals of the organization. Ahead of negotiation, we made a plan for prioritizing the goals in the case any concessions were necessary to gain ground elsewhere. Having this plan always helped in coming to a winning deal for the organization that the union was also happy with. During bargaining, you'll find that I am a forthright and demonstrative communicator with business leaders and clients that I would be representing."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Choosing to specialize in the realm of employment law came because of my passion for the collective bargaining process, to help find win-win situations for both employers and employees. As we've discussed, I have experience representing both the union side and company side of negotiations and this has provided me a very well-rounded experience. In particular, I am a unique fit for this job because of the work that I've done with a large union group like the United Automobile Workers. Seeing the perspective and tactics of a large group like them has positioned me to better suit employers moving forward and I would look forward to that opportunity here at Katten Muchin Rosenman."
5.
What are your interests and hobbies outside of work?
While this question can be a pretty standard interview question, the motivation of the interviewer here is two-fold. First, law firms can often operate like a family and life at Katten Muchin Rosenman is no different. Your interviewer will be looking to see if you will be a cultural and personal fit with the team so be sure to be open and honest with what personally interests you. Second, having personal interests that tie into the organization is important so be sure to do your research on Katten Muchin Rosenman and the job and try to think of hobbies of your that directly relate to them.

Ryan's Answer #1
"My biggest passion when I'm not advocating for clients is being outdoors. My family and I are avid hikers, kayakers and bikers and we spend all of the time we can in the great outdoors. For me personally, being outside really helps me re-energize and prepare for a new day ahead on the job. Other than being outside, another hobby of mine is reading and I've been very entranced lately in historical books about the drafting of the United States Constitution."
Ryan's Answer #2
"Outside of work, my loves in my life are my family and personal fitness. I avidly participate in running and biking events and have recently been training to run my first marathon this upcoming summer. Family interests include athletics for my two sons, who actively participate in baseball, cross country and basketball. We spend many evenings and weekends traveling around the state to watch them and cheer them on and I wouldn't trade those experiences for anything in the world."
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