How I Made Partner: Milbank’s Nelly Almeida

What’s the key to successful business development in your opinion? Follow through. Just like following through with an assignment can make all the difference, following through with your commitments is key to building strong relationships. It is important for clients to trust that they can rely on you, the deadlines you set, and the commitments you make to them.

What’s been the biggest change, day-to-day, in your routine since becoming partner? Honestly, I am not sure there is a change to my routine yet.  Maybe that will change over the course of the year.

Who had the greatest influence in your career that helped propel you to partner? Dennis Dunne, the head of the financial restructuring group at Milbank and a member of the executive committee at the firm.

Dennis has been supportive of my career from the moment I started at Milbank and that support has been invaluable. In addition to being an exceptional mentor and sponsor, Dennis has always taken the time to meet with me and discuss my work, progress, and experience at Milbank.  I look forward to continuing to work with and learn from Dennis.

What’s the best piece of advice you could give an associate who wants to make partner? Make sure you are clear about what your goals are. You never want to give people the opportunity to make assumptions about what you want . . . or don’t want.

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