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Brian Butler

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Managing Member, Syracuse Office; Chair, Litigation Department

Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

Years in current role: 1 as Managing Member of the Syracuse Office, 4 as Litigation Department Chair

What do you enjoy most about your role?

Each of our clients and the issues they face are unique. To serve them effectively requires an understanding of their business, aspirations and challenges. It’s that constant learning and the insights I gain from connecting with clients that I enjoy most. I also enjoy collaborating with other attorneys in the firm to provide varied services to our clients, because I learn and develop based on my work with them as well.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve dealt with over the past year?

Dealing with the uncertainties we faced starting in March 2020 was a challenge. Because of the pandemic, some things were just out of our control. However, I came to see the real challenge was to not let factors that were not within our control overcome those that were. So I focused on what I could influence like staying connected and working efficiently as a team within the firm, working effectively with clients, and making progress on our cases despite court closures and delays.

What do you see as the biggest changes in the legal industry in the next 3-5 years?

As a result of the pandemic, we have seen changes in the way we practice law that may have otherwise taken a decade to occur. Although it is difficult to replicate in-person interactions — for clients, attorneys and the courts — there are so many efficiencies that result from virtual meetings, depositions, conferences and arguments, that I think a virtual practice is here to stay. As an offshoot of that, while technology has had a growing influence over the legal profession in the past decade, technology will continue to rapidly evolve and to have transformative impacts on our profession.

What advice would you give law students who are graduating this year?

Make yourself available for any type of work. Having varied experiences as a new attorney is invaluable. Take ownership of your work. Don’t view an assignment as a transaction that is concluded once it is done, but as an opening to do more work and an opportunity to acquire additional responsibilities. And always be responsive.

What are you most looking forward to doing as COVID restrictions ease?

The ability to gather again in groups with family and friends.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power 50 Law list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. View the full list at nydailyrecord.com.