Partner-in-Charge, Buffalo Office, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
Years in current role: Partner, 15 years; Partner-in-Charge, 13 years
What do you enjoy most about your role?
The variety. Every case is different. Every client’s needs and goals are different. So every day, I am challenged to think differently and grow as an advocate, counselor, mentor, and friend.
The people. I have been blessed and humbled for more than 20 years to work with extraordinary colleagues, clients, fellow lawyers, judges, and court system professionals.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve dealt with over the past year?
Building new relationships. Thanks to innovations in technology and the resiliency and resourcefulness of all of us who have embraced it as never before, maintaining connections and connectivity has been remarkably successful. But getting to know, and coming to trust, new people is far better accomplished in the same room, whether conference room, court room, or lunch room.
What do you see as the biggest changes in the legal industry in the next 3-5 years?
Most lawyers crave the familiar, the routine, the known, the tried and true. This past year, all of that was upended. But in a lot of ways, for good. We know more about ourselves, our people, and our clients. We have, out of necessity, learned to be more efficient, to spend less, to travel less, to meet in person less. If we are smart, we will spend the next 3-5 years questioning the value of the familiar, the routine, the known, and the tried and true, particularly as it relates to how and where and when we do our work. If we do so humbly and diligently, we will transform our workplaces, our levels of client service, and our ability to attract and retain the best and brightest lawyers.