Carr McClellan recently held its annual retreat in the beautiful Napa Valley. Amidst the rolling green hills and yellow blossoming wild mustard our attorneys and their families enjoyed some great meals together, a bit of recreation, and, yes, some wonderful wines. In between the “R&R” we also met to discuss the state of the firm, trends in the legal profession and how we as advisors and advocates for our clients, can make ourselves better. Our focus this year was on mentoring.

As many of you know, during the course of the last several years the firm has added some very bright, capable young lawyers to the cadre of well-established veterans of Carr, McClellan. We are pleased to report that two more joined us this spring as well. Katy Kim, a Michigan, Yale and Stanford Law School graduate is the newest member of our real estate group after having practiced for four years at a large law firm in San Francisco. Jeremy Burns, a Brown University and Boalt Hall School of Law graduate joins our litigation team from another large law firm in the Silicon Valley. Our focus on mentoring these and our other more recent hires springs from our recognition that really great lawyering comes from the nexus of capability, skill and experience. Mentoring younger less-experienced attorneys hastens the learning curve for them by supplementing their own experiences with those of their mentors. The raw material of younger lawyers’ capabilities is honed into skillful practice by the imparted lessons of experience learned by more seasoned counsel.

Our firm is gratified that our clients and allied professional service providers have recognized that our lawyers are exceptional by continuing to ask for our assistance and by referring to us their clients. Carr, McClellan’s track record for the past 60+ years has demonstrated that by focusing first, second and third on helping our clients achieve their long term goals we will also achieve our own long term goals. Those goals are to continue to be a valued resource, a trusted advisor and an irreplaceable team member of our clients and to our community organizations. We are focused on mentoring our next generation of Carr, McClellan attorneys so they also will fulfill this responsibility.