Litigation | Insurance & Reinsurance | Insurance Brokerage
What is the most memorable/interesting matter in your career? If I had to choose, it would be defending Arthur Anderson against an accounting negligence case brought by Frederick’s of Hollywood. It was the first jury trial case for Anderson post-Enron and taught me the most about the importance of and how to tell a compelling story to a jury, in particular with a beleaguered defendant who had already been crucified to the outside world as someone who likely did the very thing they were being accused of when they in fact had not. That case taught me so much about what we do inside and outside of a courtroom to advocate for our clients and I regularly draw upon those lessons, even now years later.
What is your favorite type of matter to work on? My favorite type of matter has very little to do with the actual subject matter. Instead, it is a matter where the client not only needs our help in terms of litigating a case, but in being their partner and advisor to strategize on the best way to achieve their goals in the case. It’s funny because I think we often think about commercial litigation as not being personal. But we can never lose sight that litigation is very personal, even when that “person” is a company. Understanding and supporting the emotion that drives the individuals involved in litigation is one of the most important parts of my job and when we, the client and the advocate, work together to harness and use that emotion, that’s when the magic happens and we are more likely to get the outcome that we need and want.
A few little known facts about me include: Before I was an attorney, I was a news anchor on a radio station for almost three years, I’m a huge movie buff, and I have two dogs, one of which is a Bernese mountain dog named Butkus who outweighs me.