What would you want your legacy for future generations to be?
I would like to leave behind not just a practice, but a way to practice law. We have a fundamental obligation to use our abilities and education to help those unable to help themselves—and we can and must do a better job. I would like to inspire the notion that being an attorney is about service before it is about luxury. One of the great tragedies of the modern practice is the elimination of creativity from it. I would like to empower young attorneys to be creative and inspired in their work, and to eliminate the misconception that a long-tenured practice is necessarily a good practice.
What is the best perk of your career?
There is no greater thrill than the opportunity to lead a team of intelligent, aggressive and creative attorneys, and professional legal staffers. The energy created by talented people, working together, is the kind of thing that makes the long hours and short weekends well worth it. Additionally, being able to shake hands with a client who really didn’t think they had a way out, and to see real, heartfelt gratitude in their eyes is a far greater reward than the fees they paid.