Partner, Davidson Fink LLP
Years in current role:49
What do you enjoy most about being a litigator?
I enjoy the challenge of resolving a litigation, especially when my opponent has the same joy of practicing law and being a litigator.
What do you consider your biggest success in navigating the litigation process during the pandemic?
I believe being successful in court brings great joy to every litigator, just as defeat is always very disappointing. I also believe the goal of a litigator is to plot strategy and, more important, to analyze when there is no winning strategy and be able to obtain a compromise that is in the best interest of my client.
What do you see as the biggest changes in the legal industry in the next 3-5 years?
Definitely, the biggest challenge in the legal industry is the technology that lawyers are required and expected to master. This is one reason why this old horse will be leaving the profession shortly.
What community organizations do you support as a volunteer and why?
I was fortunate to work with my friend, Tom Frey, in a program to help the homeless called Project Homeless Connect, a one-day event at the War Memorial that brings together all of the services that the homeless need. I am proud that Project Homeless Connect has continued. In the past number of years, it has been planned by PathStone Corporation with many talented people playing major roles.
One of those talented individuals is Nick Coulter, who with his co-founder, Chuck Albanese, came to me five years ago and asked me to help them put together a Board of Directors for Person Centered Housing Options Inc. (“PCHO”) and be a mentor to them. The organization has grown from having zero income to having over $6 million of income, mostly by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. Nick and Chuck have grown the organization to over 32 employees, serving thousands of homeless people in what they call the Housing First Model where the homeless get permanent housing and support to work themselves out of life’s challenges. I am proud that I am able to work with a group of people as the Board of Directors and I hope to continue with PCHO in the future.