Tue, 04/20/2021 - 6:57am

Preston Holmes '09 Practicing Law at New York Firm

Preston Holmes '09.

Preston Holmes ’09 likes the fast pace of living in New York, much to the surprise of the North Carolina native. The legal services industry has been a seamless fit as well. Two months ago, Preston accepted a new position as Associate Attorney at Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, a leading civil defense litigation law firm in the Empire State that represents and advises insurers, self-insured businesses, and professionals in a wide range of professional liability, casualty, health law, employment, and workers' compensation matters. Preston recently shared this update on this professional life.

Question: What was the inspiration for pursuing a legal career?

Answer: My experience at Christ School gave me the confidence and comfortability in the exposure to many unique experiences. While in college, I had the opportunity to intern on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Summer 2016) and that opportunity served as an inspiration to pursue a career in law. Serving the state of North Carolina as a Congressional Intern is where my love for the law and critical legislative issues was born. I would credit Christ School for equipping me with the confidence, discipline and social skills to thrive in competitive environments.

Question: I know it’s only been a couple months, but how is the new job going in New York?

Answer: I’m fairly new at the firm and I’ve basically been learning the ropes and getting acclimated. From a day-to-day basis, what’s on my plate from a civil practice standpoint is constantly changing. I’m excited to be working on different and challenging areas of civil litigation defense including mediations, depositions and routine court appearances. Although I am enjoying the beginning of my legal career in New York City, little compares to being back in my home state of North Carolina.

Question: What stands out about your time at Christ School?

Answer: There are so many positive experiences that I could recall while attending Christ School. The most important part of my Christ School experience that holds strong to this day are the relationships that I developed with my fellow classmates. Many friendships created during my time at Christ School have turned into familial ties and I consider those guys as my brothers.