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Deborah M. Field

field-deborahDeborah M. Field

Partner, Morris & Morris Attorneys

Years in current role:18

What do you enjoy most about being a litigator?

This probably sounds corny, but I enjoy advocating. I loved debating starting in high school and I come from a family of trial lawyers, so I guess you could say it’s in the blood. In personal injury litigation, I get to help people during a very vulnerable time and make a real difference in their lives. I find that very rewarding and take that responsibility very seriously.

What do you consider your biggest success in navigating the litigation process during the pandemic?

My biggest success was keeping my entire firm going through the lockdown and beyond. We were not a firm where people mostly worked remotely so there was an adjustment there as with everyone. I am very proud of how my office pulled together without a complaint and stayed just as productive as when we were all in the office. Also, we all have been back for quite some time, and I think that flexibility has been key to that transition.

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

As with everything in our world, I believe there will be a permanent shift toward handling many aspects of the job virtually. It remains to be seen whether this will be a positive change, but the change is here to stay.

What trial are you most proud of in your career?

The trial I am the most proud of is a case in which I represented an injured postal worker badly hurt in a collision. The insurance company refused to offer anywhere close to the policy limits of the umbrella policy, even though I told them we would settle for those limits and very much believed our client was entitled to that amount. I tried the case to verdict, and the jury awarded well in excess of the umbrella limits. We collected every last cent beyond the policy from the insurance company, something that my client and his family very much deserved.