A Mediator For All Sides With Litigation Experience
Q: Is that a book you wrote?
Yes, it’s my book I am holding in the picture. The title is “A Lawyer in Pinstripes.” It has just been published. There are legal stories in it, but mostly it is about me, as an advanced aged baseball fan, getting a chance to become, despite the demands of my law practice, a New York Yankee, by the magic of their Fantasy Camp program. The book is part fiction and non-fiction.
The book will make you laugh over my trying to get into baseball shape after 50 years, will make you nostalgic for your childhood when I recount my Little League experiences and how I first came to love baseball, and might make you tear up to certain things that happen as one’s life rolls on over the years. In my opinion, those are all good emotions to have, especially if a written piece of literature can move you to experience those emotions.
Q: What are you working on at the present time?
I am concentrating on what we in the legal profession call “ADR.” This means “Alternative Dispute Resolution” which is a way to get legal disputes resolved without having to go to court. I am available for mediations, arbitrations, and a not frequently used concept in the legal community of “Voluntary Trial Resolution” which involves serving as a private judge if the parties agree. ADR is designed to resolve legal disputes quickly and inexpensively.
Q: What legal areas have you primarily worked in over your career?
Over my 40 plus year career I have concentrated on being a trial lawyer, mostly doing products liability law. I represented motor vehicle manufacturers when sued by someone injured usually in car crashes, but also from operating motorcycles, and water craft products. I am still doing this work, but now only for one product manufacturer. In my time as a trial lawyer I have represented nearly every motor vehicle manufacturer—Nissan, Mazda, Subaru, GM, Ford, Kia, Honda, Hyundai, Fiat, BMW, Lotus, Isuzu, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Yamaha, VW, Volvo, and Porsche. I even represented Rolls Royce once.
Q: What advice would you give today’s young lawyers?
It’s a tough profession. Sometimes it’s a hard way to make a living. But you need to keep a balanced life throughout. Lawyers are often told in 5 or 10 or 15 years they will figure out what it’s all about – that is being an attorney. Actually, I think that every day, no matter how long you have practiced as a lawyer, you learn and do something new. As for me, you can see, I just wrote a book.
A Lawyer in Pinstripes, is available at Amazon and Dorrance Publishing.
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