Connors & Ferris
Years in current role: 20
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I have dedicated my entire legal career to protecting injured workers. When I went to law school, I found myself gravitating toward areas where people didn’t have a voice and needed someone who was driven and passionate to give them one. I’m inspired and motivated to be here for the people who really need an advocate who tend to be blue-collar, hardworking people who haven’t been exposed to the legal system and don’t know the nuances. I’ve been able to find a nice niche where I am working with people who were a lot like those I grew up with.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve dealt with over the past year?
Despite the historic shift that occurred within the past year due to COVID-19, the team at Connors & Ferris continued to persevere and support our clients by moving their cases forward. As an essential business, our clients and their families depended on receiving their weekly payments as well as their medications. With the ever-changing updates of the environment, we had to be sure to do our due diligence in keeping up with new protocols and assisting our clients in getting access to the court system virtually, so their rights can be protected.
What do you see as the biggest changes in the legal industry in the next 3-5 years?
The area of law impacts thousands of people’s lives in a direct way. New York was the first state to adopt workers’ compensation and was once a national leader in protecting the rights and interests of workers injured on the job. At Connors & Ferris, we strive to ensure that New York State workers have the legal protection they and their families need and deserve in the event of a workplace injury.
Currently, several bills in the New York State Legislature will help strengthen the protections and workers’ compensation benefits for injured workers. We are working hard with the New York Workers’ Compensation Alliance to raise awareness on the importance of these bills to Albany lawmakers, which would result in progressive and fair changes when the bills pass.
What advice would you give law students who are graduating this year?
Find your passion, be committed to it, and stay driven.
Being a former football player at Hornell High School and Alfred University, I enjoyed the competition and preparation of playing sports. When the time came to choose a career, the law industry offered those qualities, which is why I chose this path. I gravitated toward the workers’ compensation practice and discovered the work I had to do was indeed much like sports: It takes great preparation, hard work, perseverance, and attention to detail.
What are you most looking forward to doing as COVID restrictions ease?
I am most looking forward to connecting with family and friends in person at Bills Training Camp then at the Bills games as well as creating memories with my kids while traveling.