Working for Google in New York City
Many people dream of working overseas, in exciting cities around the world, while others aspire to land an exciting job with an awesome company.
Cass Matthews has the best of both worlds. Not only is Cass living in New York City, but she’s landed a role as a senior lawyer with one of the best employers in the world, Google Inc.
While Cass may appear, particularly to law students, to be one of the luckiest people in the world, luck alone did not get her to where she is today.
Since graduating from UTS with a Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of International Studies (Hons) in 2001, Cass has worked hard to become an expert in media law, art law and technology law, going on to complete a Masters of Arts Administration (Hons), and study Intellectual Property Law with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
Before joining Google in Sydney in 2012, Cass worked with a number of high profile media and technology companies in senior in-house legal roles, including Southern Cross Austereo and AUSTAR, while also pursuing her interest in teaching.
“I really love teaching, so running the Media Law subject at the University of Melbourne for several years was wonderful. I find teaching and practicing law concurrently works really well because my students enjoy the practical insight and it is a perfect way to keep up with and explore the legal developments affecting your industry. In 2016, I will be teaching the International Business Transactions subject at Cardozo School of Law, which I am really looking forward to.” said Cass.
On top of teaching and work commitments, Cass is currently on the board two Australian arts organisations, works with Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts New York and has managed to find the time to study, and pass the bar exam in New York.
When thinking about “success” however, Cass says for her “it's been about finding opportunities to work with smart, creative people on projects that really interest me.”
“I've been lucky enough to have those opportunities in my various in house roles but I've also been fortunate to have had the flexibility to pursue my interests and gain experience through independent endeavours such as teaching, writing articles and board memberships,” she said.
With so much energy to meet people and make things happen, it’s no wonder that Cass enjoys living in the city that never sleeps.
“New York is a fantastic place to live and work. I find that New Yorkers have a lot of energy, which is contagious and there are just so many avenues to pursue your interests,” said Cass.
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Story by: Jessie Goldie
Photo: Cass Matthews.