Nick Pujji, JD '08

Nick Pujji

Associate, DLA Piper, Los Angeles

While he didn’t realize it until he started practicing, now that he’s an associate in DLA Piper’s Los Angeles office, Nick Pujji says it’s the inherently competitive nature of litigation that keeps him dedicated to his work. “Other than say professional sports, I can’t think of many other jobs that pay you to compete and win.

“I love the strategy and intensity litigation work requires,” he says. “I enjoy my work because it is competitive and requires strategy and critical thinking. Every day is both challenging and different – and this keeps the job interesting.”

Pujji is a 2008 graduate of Washington University School of Law. During law school he was an associate editor of the Washington University Journal of Law & Policy. Pujji also spent a semester in Washington, D.C. at the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, through the law school’s Congressional & Administrative Law Clinic. He credits his semester in the D.C. clinic as being a critical point in his career.

“My experience at the U.S. Department of Justice had a strong impact on my training as a law student,” he says. “It provided me with the opportunity to work on important national legal matters.”

Beyond the professional opportunities the law school provides, Pujji says he chose Washington University in part because of its balance of being a prestigious institution with a warm and supportive community.

“There is a strong sense of community between Wash U Law students, both in academic and social settings. Unlike most law schools, the Deans of Admissions made time to meet with me personally during the admissions process,” he says. “That effort is representative of the level of attention students receive from law school faculty and staff.”

During law school, Pujji also worked as a summer associate for a mid-sized Missouri-based law firm after his first and second years. He currently practices in DLA Piper’s Employment and Securities Litigation groups and is a member of the firm’s Hiring and Diversity Committees.

Pujji graduated cum laude from Rice University in 2005 with a B.A. in Political Science and French Studies.

You can read more about Nick Pujji's career here.