Managing Partner, McConville Considine Cooman & Morin, PC
Years in current role: 7 (25 years at the firm)
What do you enjoy most about practicing personal injury law?
When I joined the firm as a young litigation attorney more than 25 years ago, I was lucky to be exposed to a wide variety of cases in state and federal court right away. Over time, my practice evolved, but it has always included personal injury cases. In fact, the very first case I ever had was a premises liability case involving a little boy who fell through a wide-open stairwell in an elementary school.
The one thing I enjoy most about our practice is working directly with people who have a real stake in the outcome of what we are doing. Our clients depend on us to tell their story — whether to a claims representative or to a jury. I enjoy telling that story.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve dealt with over the past year?
Not surprisingly, the biggest challenge over the past year has been wrestling with the pandemic, and the impact it has had on everything, including the practice of law.
What do you see as the biggest changes in the legal industry in the next 3-5 years?
The pandemic has forced everyone to think differently about certain aspects of the practice. I think we will find more and more attorneys who will want to work from home — whether permanently or on an intermittent basis. Many of us were surprised how technology has really made it easy to work from home. With VoIP phone and VPN, we can work from anywhere.
I also think we may find that remote meetings and webinars are here to stay. Though sometimes I know I feel “Zoomed” out, it is often far more efficient to meet remotely. Virtual court appearances also avoid wasted time traveling and waiting.
What community organizations do you support as a volunteer and why?
Most of the community organizations I support as a volunteer involve my children. Earlier this year, while I was working from home, I was able to volunteer with other parents to serve lunch at school. The pandemic changed nearly everything about how the school served lunch, and I was happy to volunteer one day a week.
Both of my children are from Korea, and I have been a long-time member of the planning team for Heart and Seoul Korean Culture Camp.
I have also been an active volunteer with various church boards, and I presently serve as a member of the Permanent Judicial Commission for the Synod of the Northeast – Presbyterian Church (USA).
What are you most looking forward to doing as COVID restrictions ease?
At the office, I am looking forward to resuming our lunch meetings. Virtual meetings are okay, but they are inferior to in-person meetings with friends and colleagues.
I am also looking forward to my children being fully vaccinated. We have one down and one to go.