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3 Reasons Attys Should Learn A Foreign Language

Law360 (August 17, 2018, 12:33 PM EDT) -- Just 10 days into his first job after college as a paralegal in WilmerHale's Washington, D.C., office, Matthew Syrkin found himself bound for Tokyo with a former general counsel to the FBI and a former director of enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, with work on a high-profile investigation waiting for them when they landed.

What earned Syrkin, now chair of the media, technology and commercial transactions practice at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, a seat on that trip? Someone at WilmerHale got wind that he was fluent in Japanese.

"As a guy who just graduated college who wanted...

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