Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
Years in current role:13 as Partner, 21 with Nixon Peabody
What do you enjoy most about being a litigator?
First and foremost, I have a passion for delivering great results for my clients. I also enjoy the creativity that goes into developing a defense strategy to win the case or achieve early resolution. A defense strategy can involve formulating purely legal arguments or positioning the facts and evidence to establish the necessary legal elements to prevail.
What do you consider your biggest success in navigating the litigation process during the pandemic?
My biggest success (and challenge) was continuing to meet the increased and evolving needs of my clients during the pandemic. Not only did we see an uptick in litigation, but the compliance demands of our clients required navigating a complex labyrinth of fluid laws and regulations enacted during the pandemic. I had to continue to manage my heavy caseload while simultaneously advising dozens of clients on a nearly daily basis on risk avoidance and compliance measures.
What do you see as the biggest changes in the legal industry in the next 3-5 years?
Given the rise in remote work arrangements, I unfortunately see an increase in attorney mobility and turnover over the next several years. Attorneys can now seemingly live (and work) anywhere while still servicing their clients. Building loyalty within firms will be critical for future growth and success.
What trial are you most proud of in your career?
The case I am most proud of is my recent defense of a medical practice in which a doctor accused another doctor of sexual harassment and accused the partners of the medical practice of retaliation. The stakes and emotions were very high but we meticulously worked the evidence and obtained a complete victory and dismissal of all counts in the complaint.
What community organizations do you support as a volunteer and why?
I am currently very involved in coaching multiple youth sports teams. I’ve coached all three of my children’s teams in basketball, soccer, and lacrosse. I also currently serve as Vice Chairperson on the Board of Directors of Futures Well Suited (a local organization dedicated to assisting underprivileged youth in the successful transition to professional careers). I also served for several years on the Board of Directors of Volunteers of America, Upstate New York, including as Vice Chairperson, and as the President of Step by Step of Rochester (a local organization dedicated to assisting incarcerated women rebuild their lives). In the end, all we can do is to try to leave our community in a better place than we found it.