Being an associate at a law firm isn’t an easy job, as new attorneys often struggle to manage expectations from clients and supervisors.

Womble Carlyle attorney Amanda Norris Ames was one of 10 associates selected by to share her secrets of success as an associate. Ames said, “I think it's important to remember that lawyering is a people job. It's easy to get lost in technical arguments and procedure, so I remind myself to look at the big picture: My work involves people's jobs, businesses and liberties. This perspective helps me understand the interests and motivations of my clients — and opponents — and allows me to come up with solutions that I might otherwise miss. It's also important to maintain a diverse practice and pursue outside interests — knowing a little about a lot has allowed me to contribute to diverse teams and has kept my career interesting.”

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Amanda Norris Ames focuses her practice on white collar criminal defense, antitrust law, complex civil litigation, and government investigations. Her experience includes litigating complex tax, bankruptcy, commercial and criminal matters at the federal level. Prior to entering private practice, Ames worked as a trial attorney in the Tax Division of the US Department of Justice. She practices in Washington, DC and Charlottesville, Virginia