Every generation experiences at least one political moment that changes their lives forever, and mine was the Watergate Scandal. I already had an interest in the justice system, but seeing the law prevail over the president solidified my decision to attend law school. The fact that attorneys could use the law to keep powerful politicians in check was astounding to me, and I wanted to affect the same kind of positive change in my own career.
Today, I can proudly say I’ve been leveling the playing field for my own clients throughout Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Maryland for over 41 years now. Though, in my case, I have generally advocated for victims of crime and injury. While you would think that everyone would fight for those facing such dire circumstances, I , unfortunately, have not found that to be the case.
Not long ago, I represented a woman who was hit by a drunk driver. She was badly injured in the collision. Her feet were crushed entirely, and she had recently opened her own massage therapy practice, where she was required to stand in order to practice her craft. After the accident, she was no longer able to perform the duties of her job. Her whole world was changed, and she was only in her thirties.
Although insurance exists to support victims such as my client, the companies involved in her case did not want to pay her what she needed in order to fully recover. I had to painstakingly analyze five different insurance policies in order to provide her with adequate coverage. Between the insurance complications and the complex vehicle relationships involved in the crash, the case went all the way to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. There, I was able to provide her with the compensation she both deserved and needed to heal completely.
Working as an assistant DA opened my eyes to how much a case can affect someone and gave me the sensitivity needed to help others heal.