Member, Litigation Department Chairman, Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP
Years in current role: 17
What do you enjoy most about being a litigator?
Every case presents a unique set of factual and legal issues. I enjoy working with our team of lawyers and paraprofessionals to investigate a client’s cause and devise a plan to prosecute or defend the client’s position. Getting properly prepared means learning the substantive aspects of the dispute and then applying the best procedural tools. I enjoy the competitive nature of each new challenge.
What do you consider your biggest success in navigating the litigation process during the pandemic?
The pandemic forced the legal system to embrace technology in a rapid fashion. Working remotely and interacting with other lawyers and the courts through technology has now become routine. I do not see that changing. Maintaining a personal touch, whether it is mentoring a younger attorney, conducting a deposition or arguing before a judge is a significant and important challenge facing the profession. Extra effort and attention has to be spent on the human side of our client and professional relationships.
What community organizations do you support as a volunteer and why?
For the past 15 years I have been a County Coordinator for the NYSBA’s High School Mock Trial Program. The program provides students with a case study which they ultimately present before volunteer judges. The program gives the students a unique insight to what it is like to try a case and provides a great opportunity to learn and understand how our legal system works. I am also on the board of Generation2, which is an organization that strengthens young children’s social and emotional development using child directed play.