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Jody Briandi

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President/Managing Partner

Hurwitz & Fine, P.C.

Years in current role: 1

What do you enjoy most about your role?

Having the opportunity to interact with lawyers, paralegals, and legal assistants across firm practice groups and departments. We all bring unique perspectives to the firm and the practice, which I have the opportunity to incorporate into our firm culture and vision.

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

Assuming the position of Managing Partner during the early months of COVID. Taking over the helm of a law firm our size in ordinary circumstances is a major undertaking; taking over at the height of a global pandemic was another thing altogether. Our internal discussions about the leadership change were, almost overnight, replaced with COVID planning. The last year has been a crash course in leading a law firm during a crisis. While there was no honeymoon period when I took over, the lessons learned are invaluable as I look beyond COVID and plan for the future.

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

As part of the class of 2021, they have persevered, despite the challenges of COVID, demonstrating the ability to adapt to a new normal and staying the course in achieving their goals during a tumultuous time. These skills, and life lessons learned throughout COVID, will help graduating law students as they enter the workforce and begin their legal careers. Also important is making and maintaining personal connections. As lawyers, we are fortunate to work in a profession that allows us to meet people, build relationships and interact with many colleagues and clients. These relationships are key to building one’s reputation and developing a network.

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

The ability to freely collaborate and gather. While we have found ways to stay connected as a firm during COVID with 100 employees suddenly working in 100 different home offices, we welcome the opportunity for in-person gatherings, work lunches, and client meetings. And as a litigation attorney for over 20 years before becoming Managing Partner, I am also looking forward to returning to court in person. While courts, judges, clients, and colleagues have all done a fabulous job making it work these past 13 months, the personal connections in all aspects of practice have been greatly missed.

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.