Legal Director, Commercial and Operations, Cimpress
“The law offers the same analytical aspect that I enjoyed about economics,” says Dan White ’08, “but it also offers concrete results.”
Dan explains he came to this conclusion after earning a master’s in economics; he realized he needed work that was more practical and less theoretical. The law was a good fit, as was Northeastern, which gave him “four opportunities to practice law in different settings,” he says.
On co-op, Dan tried it all: private firm, government and a corporation. He found he enjoyed his third co-op most, at the law firm Goodwin Procter in Boston. His work there ultimately led to a job after graduation. In 2015, Dan left the firm to become legal director for Cimpress, a $1.5 billion company that is the world leader in mass customization.
“Every day is different, there’s nothing routine,” Dan reports. “It makes it exciting. I like that my work is project based, so I don’t have a boss per se. If I’m working on four different cases, I report to four different project teams.”
Dan worked for a federal prosecutor on white-collar crime, which gave him the opportunity to use his economics background.
Dan was chosen by his peers to lead, organize and manage a complex legal project involving Boston’s decreasing groundwater level and its effects on homes.
Dan wrote bench memoranda, assisting Judge Norman H. Stahl in preparing for oral argument. He analyzed briefs, relevant case law and statutes, as well as lower court records.
Dan led a first-year student “law office" team in a social justice project.
Dan assisted in developing and teaching a constitutional law course.
Dan helped senior attorneys research, review documents and draft agreements for a $200-million business deal.
Dan drafted vendor service agreements, prepared a technology escrow agreement and performed research related to stock purchase agreements.