Title: Associate Attorney
Company: Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft LLP
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
William Drennen, Associate Attorney at Cadwalader, Wickersham, and Taft LLP, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in commercial and banking litigation.
Initially desiring a career in finance and inspired by his father, who worked in the finance industry, Mr. Drennan obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics from Trinity College. While still an undergraduate, he interned at Goldman Sachs where he was assigned to work on the mortgage security trading and sales desks. After finding he was attracted to the legal side of finance, Mr. Drennan enrolled in law school, earning a Juris Doctor from Washington University in St. Louis in 2018.
While an undergraduate, Mr. Drennen became a squash professional at Chelsea Piers, where he coached several local high school squash teams and numerous U.S. juniors. In addition, he found success as a private tutor with Varsity Tutors and a summer associate with MHR Lewis, where he researched and drafted memorandums involving international tax treaties between the United States and several South American countries for the purposes of wealth structuring.
In 2018, Mr. Drennen joined the firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft LLP, one of the oldest law firms in the country, in its Charlotte office, as a law clerk, subsequently becoming an associate attorney, representing investment banks and other financial institutions in CLOs, commercial lending transactions, and warehouse facilities.
Mr. Drennen attributes his success to the mentorship of people around him. He considers Nathan Spanheimer and Joe Beach, who are both partners at the firm, like his mentors, and thanks his colleagues Nick Ortega and Adam Risell for their assistance. As a career highlight, Mr. Drennen cites being a part of a firm that makes an effort to get engaged with the broader financial communities both domestically and internationally. In the coming years, he aims to conduct pro-bono work with Cataloger Veterans Network and carve out a place for himself with Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft, where he can influence the connection and culture of the firm.
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