Mitchell S. Nusbaum

Mitchell S. Nusbaum

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Mitchell S. Nusbaum

Managing Partner, Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP

mitch-nusbaumYears in current role: 2

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career?

I have learned so many important lessons in my more than 30 years practicing law, but perhaps above all, it is that in this profession you never stop learning. For me, one of the most exciting aspects of the practice of law is that you never truly master it. Every day is a new day with new surprises, and each new experience helps build the foundation for the next one. Everyone I work with, whether clients, associates or opposing counsel, can teach me something new. I think this is a good lesson for all lawyers, regardless of their age or experience.

Who have been the biggest mentors in your career?

Without a doubt, my father, Beryl Nusbaum, has been my greatest mentor in the practice of law. In fact, without his guidance, I might never have become a lawyer. He taught me, probably more by his deeds than his words, the importance of hard work, loyalty and integrity, all of which are essential ingredients to a successful legal career. I count myself as extremely fortunate to have been able to work together with my father at Woods Oviatt for the past 25 years and to have had such a trusted mentor at my side and in my life.

What are your hopes for the Rochester community this year?

First and foremost, I hope we can keep our population healthy, especially our seniors and others who are most vulnerable to COVID-19. When we emerge from this awful pandemic later this year, which I know we will, I hope all of our local small businesses, which are such an essential part of the fabric of our community, are able to reopen their doors and flourish again. When it is safe to do so, I encourage everyone to support and patronize our local businesses to the best of their abilities.

What do you do to unplug in your free time?

When I am not working, I like to exercise, read, watch sports, spend time with my family, and travel, which I hope to get back to after the pandemic.

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