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over the world. It was not my most brilliant
moment, but I did fine.
We won, but once I had to wait for that
verdict, I knew I was not a criminal lawyer.
Q: It didn’t excite you?
A: It was very exciting. But I understood
after that case that you had to be all in, or
all out. It wasn’t halfway in and halfway
out. I wasn’t all in on criminal.
Q: How did you build your practice?
A: I was heading out to maternity leave
when a banking regulatory lawyer, and a
partner and mentor, called me up and said,
“How about financial institutions litigation?
Would you like to do that?” And I said,
“Sure, why not?” Of course, I’m probably
grossly over-simplifying it.
I started working on small things,
and small things got bigger, and client
relationships developed. I was able to
hold myself out as a financial institutions
litigator and trial lawyer, and had some
wonderful results. And when you do that,
and you do it long enough, it allows you to
do other kinds of work for clients in other
industries because they are very interested
in your litigation trial skills.
Q: How was the learning curve across
A: I’m a very logic-driven, very hands-on
person, so doing everything from check
fraud to UCC sale of goods to lender
liability—and digging into the documents
and working through all of that and
piecing together a story—was very
fascinating to me.
It sounds tedious and boring, but it’s
not. You get to talk to people in different
industries. In a recent contamination
case, I had to learn science and biology.
It was a toxic tort case that involved the
alleged contamination of an underground
water supply in a neighborhood that was
dependent on well water. I was brought
in after the trials had resulted in over $1
billion in damage verdicts, so I originally
joined the appellate team that sought
reversal of both cases. And we won
reversal of both jury verdicts.
Q: Is it harder to weave a narrative when
you’re not working with an individual
client like, say, a family or personal injury
A: Narrative is just as important when
you are working for a corporate client.
There are bits and pieces, there are
documents, there’s witness testimony.
And if you just leave the strings
unconnected, you’re in trouble.
The first piece is getting all the details
together, and the second piece is figuring
out from the analytical perspective what
it is that we’re saying happened; then
understanding that, and making sure you
can communicate that to the decision-makers. Then you have to figure out how to
communicate it in a way that is compelling
and captures the attention of the person
you are speaking to, in a way that they
understand and therefore can appropriately
return a decision or verdict that will support
your viewpoint. That’s not easy.
In the appellate argument, for
example, we were trying to explain the
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