Alumni Spotlights

Stephen Worth, J.D., '04

Senior Corporate Counsel, Amazon

Stephen Worth, J.D., '04

The experience with law review has proven to be extremely valuable."

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If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if you clicked the “careers” button on one of your favorite websites, Stephen Worth, ’04, may have some advice for you.

Be ready to move.

“I went to the Amazon website, clicked on ‘Careers’ and applied,” Worth said. “That was March 2009. After talking to them the next day, I called my wife and asked ‘How do you feel about Seattle?’” Amazon has its headquarters there.

Worth began his career after law school by clerking for Judge Paul Kelly, Jr., of the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. From there, he moved to Chicago and worked at Sidley Austin, doing some securities work, and some mergers and acquisitions work as well.

Worth was editor-in-chief of the Indiana Law Review during law school, to which he attributes some of his early career success.

“The experience with law review has proven to be extremely valuable,” Worth said. “There were something like 70 people involved in law review at that time, and learning to manage an organization like that was a great experience. I think the thing that has stood out to employers, certainly to Amazon, was the law review experience.”

Worth began at Amazon as a corporate counsel, supporting the books business, negotiating purchase prices with major publishers, and then on the Kindle and Amazon’s self-publishing platform. About six months ago, he moved to the digital music business.

“It’s fun,” Worth said of his job. “It changes every day.”