Christian Sonderegger's internship with Fillmore Spencer let him experience a wide variety of types of law; including: including personal injury, criminal appeals, family law, immigration, mergers and acquisitions, contract law, property disputes, employment law, and others. Discover what types he found more interesting!
What was your internship experience?
I worked with nearly every attorney at the firm on a wide range of cases, including personal injury, criminal appeals, family law, immigration, mergers and acquisitions, contract law, property disputes, employment law, and several other areas of interest. I helped prepare for a multimillion dollar fraud case in federal court in New Mexico, which we ended up successfully settling. I did a ton of research on Utah legislation, regulation, and case law and a few cases involved international law, treaties, and conventions. I wrote short email memos answering specific questions and memos for clients, drafted complaints, responses, and other motions, and even drafted a full criminal appeal. I tried to sit in on mediation and arbitration sessions and as many court cases as I could, and the attorneys were more than willing to help me and let me observe.
What was the most useful thing you learned from your internship?
I learned a lot about civil litigation, and that it is incredibly interesting but that I prefer transactional and business work.
How did your courses and your major prepare you for your internship?
Stancil's Civil Procedure class was easily the most useful course for me this semester, in addition to Legal Research and Writing. Those two classes covered so much of what I ended up doing on a daily basis. Some of the conceptual classes were helpful, but the information needed from those could have been obtained fairly easily using the knowledge from the practical classes.
What professional skills did you develop in your internship?
Drafting, legal research, mediation strategy, trial procedure.
Would you recommend this internship to other students?
Absolutely - Fillmore Spencer is an amazing firm with a fantastic environment. The attorneys here are excellent mentors and take time to help students experience and grow.