Founding Partner, Brenna Boyce PLLC
Years in current role: 42
What do you enjoy most about practicing personal injury law?
When the client needs our representation because of serious or catastrophic injuries, we literally in many ways hold the balance of their life in our hands. When I look back at my career, I don’t think about the checks that we received. I think about the people that have turned to us in their most difficult crisis, and I consider that a wonderful honor. I enjoy the fact that we treat people as people, and not merely as files. I enjoy the fact that we can make a difference in their lives. I enjoy the fact that we often remain as friends long after their case is resolved. The human interaction is paramount. The income is secondary, and every dollar I’ve earned over the course of my career in personal injury has been earned solely because we have won the case through verdict or settlement.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve dealt with over the past year?
The period of time that the courts were closed and we were not even allowed to electronically file a pleading or any document was as frustrating as anything one could experience. Even though things shut down, and we suffered due to the fact that many cases were brought to a halt, or at least were slowed down dramatically, I am very proud of the fact that we had no layoffs, requested no staff to take a cut in pay, and we are actually now growing the practice. After we suffered water damage we were forced to vacate our entire floor. We have now relocated into two separate offices — one still at the four corners and the other in Honeoye Falls. We took that negative and turned it into a positive, but it was enormously stressful.
What do you see as the biggest changes in the legal industry in the next 3-5 years?
Unfortunately attorney advertising for personal-injury “mills” seems to be getting worse and worse.
What community organizations do you support as a volunteer and why?
Thirty-five years ago I successfully convinced the government to allow the first home for the dying to exist in New York State. It is called Mt. Carmel house I began working with Albany in 1983 and we were finally allowed to form our charity, and I have served them Pro bono ever since, and they give care and comfort at no cost to people who are terminal. Seeing the other homes follow our lead gives me tremendous satisfaction.
I have had Camp Good Days’ people on my radio show to help them with their PR and I am also very excited about supporting Intervol. This charity, founded by doctors in Rochester, gets medical supplies treatment and housing to the poor in Haiti, Native Americans, etc.
Past President of the NYS academy of Trial Lawyers and am still active in this 501 (c).
What are you most looking forward to doing as COVID restrictions ease?
Being able to meet with clients in person, being able to conduct depositions in person, having court appearances and trials in person. The absence of this over the past 14 months has been extremely difficult for our clients, as well as for our staff. Being free to Live!