David Rogers (LL.M.'89)
Employee Benefits Law
Chair of the Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation and Labor and Employment Practice at McDermott Will & Emery
LL.M. in Taxation
J.D., American University-Washington College of Law (1985)
B.S., Florida Southern College (1982)
What was your academic and/or professional background prior to attending Georgetown Law?
I received J.D. from American University-Washington College of Law in 1985. While I attended Georgetown University Law Center (Georgetown Law) to get my LL.M. in Taxation, I was working with the group of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) at Price Waterhouse.
How has your professional (or personal) experience been enhanced by your membership in the Georgetown Law alumni community?
Georgetown Law is our D.C. office primary school for recruiting. Thus, we have a number of Georgetown Law colleagues. In addition, I have been active with the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless and we count on Georgetown Law every year with Home Court. Therefore, we have a lot of interaction with Georgetown Law.
What is your advice for current and future Georgetown Law LL.M. students on how best to use their year at Georgetown?
If you did not go to Georgetown Law for other academic degrees, or are new to Washington D.C., you should recognize that Georgetown Law and Washington D.C. have a lot to offer great opportunities every day. Washington D.C. has one of the best legal markets in the country. Therefore, I would say to try to experience those opportunities such as an externship with any one of the globally important organizations headquartered here while you are in D.C.
How did you enter into this field?
I was working in the field of the ERISA when I started my LL.M. in Taxation at Georgetown Law. I was always interested in tax and accepted a position in 1984 that allowed me to rotate amongst three areas. I enjoyed the ERISA practice from the beginning.
- What do you consider the most essential skills for this career?
I would say that patience, the ability to research, approach to thinking about the next issue, and ramifications of your advice are the most essential skills for the practice in the employee benefits area.
- What academic courses or work experience do you think is important to have to get into your field?
The ERISA is really a tax and labor law based area of the law. Accordingly, interest in those areas is helpful to get into the practice in the employee benefits area.
Prepared by Monica Lee, Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M. in Taxation and Certificate in Employee Benefits Law Candidate, May 2017.