Career Profiles

Brian Pelanda ‘11

Associate, Hines Carder LLP

Brian Pelanda ‘11

What do you do?
I work at Hines Carder LLP practicing in the areas of insurance bad faith and real estate litigation. My firm gives me a great deal of autonomy and responsibility. I manage my own cases but still receive support and guidance from senior attorneys.

What excites you most about your job?
Most of my cases involve multi-faceted transactions that took place over a significant period of time, and thus they are very fact-intensive and require a lot of investigation. The most exciting aspect of my job is the freedom I have to be creative in the discovery process to tackle the challenge of figuring out how in the world I’m going to solve each of the problems (and inevitable crises) in a given case to either position it favorably for settlement or prepare it for trial.

How did your experience at Whittier Law School prepare you for this position?
My firm expects me to be able to spin a lot of different plates at one time and to really engage with the problems presented in each my cases. I think my ability to manage the high level of responsibility that my firm has given me is in part due to the education and experience I received at Whittier. The professors really engaged and challenged me to think about things conceptually and analytically, and to embrace the nuances in the law. And the extra-curricular activities like law review and moot court helped me learn to manage a lot of different tasks at one time.

Do you have any advice for those seeking employment in your industry?
The best advice I would give to people seeking employment in a firm that specializes in insurance coverage would be to emphasize your desire to learn, that you like to research and write (it’s a motion-heavy field), and that you are willing to take on challenging cases.