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Going in-house: New law school grads taking corporate path

Patty Tascarella
Going in-house: New law school grads taking corporate path

HarbisonWalker International’s senior counsel doesn’t credit her career to Tom Cruise directly, but it was her experience working as a clearance coordinator for the actor’s shot-in-Pittsburgh film “Jack Reacher” that whet Emily Pile’s appetite for going in-house instead of joining a law firm. Pile served as a liaison with Paramount Pictures Corp., making sure that details of the “Jack Reacher” production were cleared from a legal perspective for seven months into early 2012. “I fell in love with corporate practice.” When Pile entered the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2013, she took courses “in the direction” of in-house counsel and interned at both UPMC and HarbisonWalker, accepting a job offer from the latter after graduation and passing the bar in 2016.