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“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.”

Co-op 1

US Attorney’s Office, Criminal Division, Economic Crimes, Boston

Dan worked for a federal prosecutor on white-collar crime, which gave him the opportunity to use his economics background.

Student Facilitator

Law, Culture and Difference (now LSSC)

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.

Co-op 2

US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Boston

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.

Lawyering Fellow

Legal Skills in Social Context

Dan led a first-year student “law office" team in a social justice project.

Activities

  • Appointments Committee
  • Student Bar Association

Teaching Assistant

Constitutional Law

Dan assisted in developing and teaching a constitutional law course.

Electives

  • Corporations
  • Secured Transactions
  • Antitrust
  • Corporate Finance: Acquisitions

Co-op 3

Goodwin Procter, Boston

Dan helped senior attorneys research, review documents and draft agreements for a $200-million business deal.


Co-op 4

Inverness Medical Innovations, Inc., Waltham, Massachusetts

Dan drafted vendor service agreements, prepared a technology escrow agreement and performed research related to stock purchase agreements.

After graduation

Associate, Goodwin Procter, Boston

Now

Legal Director, Commercial and Operations, Cimpress, Lexington, Massachusetts

Result

A team player who thrives on variety.