Name: Jonathan White
Class Year: 1996
Title: Managing Attorney
Organization: Jordan & White, LLC
1. In one sentence, what does your job entail?
My job entails transforming the lives of our clients who come to us seeking something better through the legal services we offer and fostering the best firm culture for my team to grow and enhance themselves.
2. What planned and unplanned events connected you to your industry and your first employer after Holy Cross? How did you learn/decide it was a good fit for you?
I accidently found myself going to law school after Holy Cross. I really wish I could say it was by design or that I always knew that I wanted to be an attorney, but that just would not be true. But I learned it was a good fit for me about halfway through my first year as I watched many of the students around me struggle. I found that my experience as a student-athlete at Holy Cross set me up for success by providing the exact skill set I needed to make my way through law school. With that confidence, I was able to focus on what I was studying and absolutely fell in love with it.
3. What were you involved in when you were on campus?
On campus, my focus was on the hockey team, which then led me to community service opportunities with my teammates.
4. What was your major and how did it affect your career decisions?
I double majored in Classics and History. Studying law just seemed like the next logical step from there.
5. What are one or two skills that you developed at Holy Cross that you use in your work?
Without hesitation, I know that the smaller class sizes I had in the Classics and History departments developed my ability to speak in public with confidence. Similarly, the Socratic method that my professors had so often used developed my ability to communicate my thoughts and ideas clearly. These are the main skills I employ daily with my team, my clients, and my colleagues, as well as the chief skills in my marketing efforts.
6. What advice do you have for students on campus today?
My advice for students on campus today is to never let fear decide your fate. Everything you want lives on the other side of fear and 90% of the things we worry about never transpire.