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28 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.
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To be successful here at LeClair Ryan, we want to ensure that you are motivated each and every day on the job with our clients. What drew you to working with patent and trademark law?
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At the heart of this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear what your personal motivation was to pursue a legal career working with patents, trademarks, copyrights and/or trade dress. Whether your drive stemmed from a background and passion in science or the firm belief in artists/inventors/creators owning their own work, be sure to speak passionately about your pursuit of work in this field and leave your interviewer convinced that you are ready to come to work everyday at LeClair Ryan to best represent their clients.
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To be successful here at LeClair Ryan, we want to ensure that you are motivated each and every day on the job with our clients. What drew you to working with patent and trademark law?
At the heart of this question, your interviewer will be looking to hear what your personal motivation was to pursue a legal career working with patents, trademarks, copyrights and/or trade dress. Whether your drive stemmed from a background and passion in science or the firm belief in artists/inventors/creators owning their own work, be sure to speak passionately about your pursuit of work in this field and leave your interviewer convinced that you are ready to come to work everyday at LeClair Ryan to best represent their clients.

Ryan's Answer #1
"While I always knew that law school was in my future from the start of high school, I always had a passion for the sciences like chemistry and physics. This naturally led to a legal career in intellectual property. Out of law school, I had the chance to represent one of the large electronics manufacturers here in the United States and helped them patent many great technologies that have shaped the future of entertainment as we know it today. I would look forward to bringing this same skill and motivation to your clients here at LeClair Ryan."
Ryan's Answer #2
"I am a firm believer that a person needs to be invested in their work and passionate about their work and I know I have found that in working in intellectual property law. Growing up, my parents were artists and since I've been working in the small boutique firm setting, I've been able to work closely with artists, musicians and filmmakers in their pursuit of copyrights and trademarks. As I look to move on to a place like LeClair Ryan, I've developed and honed my skills to take on bigger clients in their pursuits and am ready for the challenge here."
2.
Do you have any particular areas of wage and hour laws that particularly interest you?
A large firm like LeClair Ryan often prefers staff to sub-specialize to be of best use to clients as subject matter experts. For this question, your interviewer will be looking to gauge your familiarity with the different aspects of wage and hour laws and where you find your abilities are best suited. There are no right or wrong answers for this question as your interviewer will be looking to see what clients you will best be suited in representing if hired for the position.

Ryan's Answer #1
"A majority of cases that I have represented during my career so far have revolved around exemption status laws under the FLSA. I have a great working knowledge of the salary basis tests and duties tests to advise clients to make proper decisions when considering statuses of their positions. With changes in law, like we just had recently regarding the minimum salary level for exemption, I am thoroughly versed in changes when they happen and can take swift action with clients to ensure compliance."
Ryan's Answer #2
"I've always had a particular interest in the child labor laws as I feel the United States is falling faster behind the world when it comes to preparing our future through our youth. I've been an advocate at the federal level for real changes in the surrounding this aspect, but I have also advised and represented organizations in their child labor practices in the food and hospitality industries. I think my experience and passion in this area would be a unique fit for the team here at LeClair Ryan."
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To ensure that our clients here at LeClair Ryan are served in the best way possible, our staff must ensure that they are up to speed on all state and federal laws. How do you stay in touch with changes to local, state and federal tax laws?
While your years of education and experience in the field of tax law have prepared to you to work with the clients of LeClair Ryan, your interviewer is looking to hear that you do what is necessary to stay up to date on changes in tax laws. Talk about the ways that you keep yourself educated and up to date in the field and make sure to speak with passion to your interviewer to show a true and genuine interest in your field.

Ryan's Answer #1
"As you can see from my resume, my dedication towards the tax law field immediately following law school when I pursued and attained my Masters in Law in Taxation degree. While this provided a very solid backbone for the start of my career, I am always actively learning more in the field through my pursuit of additional CLE credits and attending tax law seminars on a regular basis. And as any good attorney in this field, being tied at the hip to relevant materials directly from the IRS is always a plus. Being the tax nerd that I am, this comes pretty easy to me for some nighttime reading before bed."
Ryan's Answer #2
"In this industry, staying up to speed on changes in policy and law involved staying connected and doing my research whenever necessary. Involvement and regular discussion with colleagues in this industry helps us all stay informed and helps in ensuring that businesses are able to flourish. I have many great contacts in tax law that I meet with and have discussions with on a very regular basis."
4.
Do you have any experience in working with tenancy and leasing laws?
Whether commercial or residential, many property owners look to LeClair Ryan to help draft lease agreements and your interviewer will be looking to hear firsthand about the experience you have in this realm of the law. Talk to your interviewer about the importance of factoring in local and state laws in all lease agreements and speak to your experience in representing clients in this area.

Ryan's Answer #1
"During my time working for XYZ Law Firm in Dallas, I helped draft lease agreements for large scale property ownership groups that were leasing residential apartments and condos in the city. As the paralegal representing the real estate team, it was my job to know and include Texas' legal obligation of landlords to return security deposits within 30 days of lease termination. I also worked directly with clients on some of the fine details of the agreement that included due dates for rent, procedures for requesting maintenance and pet policies."
Ryan's Answer #2
"A significant part of my practice while in Colorado was working with commercial developers who were leasing both office and retail space in the heavily growing areas of the state. In drafting commercial lease agreements, I became very well versed in working with local zoning laws to include minute details in the agreements that obeyed local law to protect my clients. A great example of this was including details of number of parking spots designated under each lease and business hours permitted by local law."
5.
One common legal aspect that we work closely on with clients here at LeClair Ryan is zoning for large scale construction and/or purchases. What experience do you have in working with local zoning laws?
Whether you've worked with large organizations or private individuals throughout your career, knowing and consulting on local zoning laws is an important aspect of real estate law and your interviewer will be looking to hear that you are knowledgeable and experienced in this area of the law. Talk in detail about the experience you have working in zoning and don't hesitate to bring up a success story you may have in advising a client on zoning laws.

Ryan's Answer #1
"Being well versed in Illinois zoning laws and those in particular around the suburbs of Chicago, I worked with a very large manufacturing company a couple of years ago on applying for a change in zoning for them to build a large distribution center in a development that was originally zoned for residential housing. Being that it had been years since the first two houses built had been sold, our argument of adding significant jobs to the area and the potential to bring more business to the area was a real no-brainer for the city. During the meeting to review, I was very pleased when all of our hard work had paid off and the city rezoned the area and ground was broken just months later for the company."
Ryan's Answer #2
"I think a unique part of my career that makes me a great fit here at LeClair Ryan is my experience working with clients and local boards of zoning appeals. As you can see from my resume and experience, I have spent time practicing in California and I worked with several Temecula Valley wineries on obtaining proper zoning for their vineyards through the local boards of appeals. I put together facts and helped write new zoning for the wineries that met both the needs of my clients and the counties to promote true win-win situations for all."
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