A Q&A, in brief
PERSONAL INJURY –
Sandra Giannone Ezell knows
who runs the world
My nickname is … I never liked the feeling you get at Starbucks when everyone knows your
name, so although nobody but the barista calls me this, it’s Gia.
If you were in my office … I would not be there. The joke is that I pay for a parking spot so
that the one time I do get to the office, I can park in the same spot and not forget where my car is.
When I was a newbie lawyer … I did not know it was OK to be me. Slowly, I just became me.
It’s much more fun and much less work when you’re your authentic self.
My favorite song lyric is … “best revenge is your paper” - “Formation,” Beyoncé
The quality I most like in a lawyer is … preparedness. I win, I lose, I soar, I fall, but I am always ready.
My pre-trial routine is … insanity.
When I started, I wish I knew … that I was the one who was in control of how people perceived me.
My career high point (so far) … was a few years ago, after a trial, a juror came up to me
and said, “When we saw you up there at the beginning, one woman vs. five men, we were
worried about you. After we watched for a few days, we were worried about them.”
My courtroom walk-up music would be … “Formation,” Beyoncé.
If I weren’t a lawyer … I’d be a revolutionary.
When I win a case … I sleep for a week.
I almost quit the law … because of politics. I love what I do, but I worry about our
country. I have a strong, loud and persuasive voice, and I wonder sometimes if I could
make a bigger difference elsewhere.
The SCOTUS justice I’d like to meet is … RBG. She is brilliant, ready, tenacious, and because of her,
things are possible for women now that were unheard of before.
The three people I’d invite to dinner are … Michelle Obama, Beyoncé and James Corden.
On weekends I … tap into my inner hippie: farmers market, yoga, dance class.
My most bizarre talent is … I can say the states in ABC order.
My motto is … make the mistakes you are most comfortable with.
The last TV show I binge-watched was … The Night Manager.
My favorite word is … pick an expletive.
I am most inspired by … women who send a hand down to pull others up.
I love seeing women succeed, but without using that success to help others,
you have become what you abhor.