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I’m a commercial litigator considering a lateral move, is including a “representative matters” section on your resume encouraged? Always felt it was unnecessary bc you can look up the cases I’m on.

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For your resume, I encourage candidates to indicate their broader experience and skills as much as possible - ie., litigation, taking and defending depositions, managing discovery, supervising associates/staff, 1st or 2nd chair, drafting pleadings and briefs, making oral arguments, etc, and experience under particular statutes in specific practice areas. Sometimes candidates list just the case names instead of their experience, but I prefer a separate rep matters, where you highlight your experience and responsibilities in each case.

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As a hiring director, why should I have to look it up? You should be putting your best foot forward in your application.

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I agree with this. Also, I do look it up anyway to see what they left out or if they’re telling the truth. But I do that later, not when looking at a resume the first time.

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I usually have lit candidates create a representative matters document separate from your resume. No place for that on a resume imo.

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Speaking as a Corporate associate, you normally need to provide a separately deal sheet. Assume it’s the same for litigators. Firms are going to look up your matters on the internet in order to decide if they should invite you for an interview.

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Thanks! That’s really helpful.

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What if the partner only uses his name on the cases you are a part of and you don’t come up on the docket?

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