Number of years as member of WCBA:
Seven, past co-chair of WCBA New Lawyers Section.
My current job and practice area are:
Associate Attorney at Worby Groner Edelman LLP, practicing in the area of plaintiff’s personal injury litigation.
I was inspired to become a lawyer because:
The Jackie Chiles character on Seinfeld. Truthfully, in 2006, my then girlfriend (now wife), suggested I go to law school after completing my undergraduate degree that year. I sat for the June 2006 LSAT and started in Pace’s evening program that August. As they say, the rest is history.
A source of professional pride is:
Being recognized by the WCBA as one of its first ever recipients of the WCBA New Lawyers Leadership Award in 2013. It was an honor and privilege to be selected by members of this organization as a leader, and I was grateful to share that day with three recipients more deserving than myself.
Best thing I did to be a better lawyer:
Being given a lot of responsibility early in my legal career gave me some confidence as well as the ability to hone my craft and learn essential skills. My law school education, while invaluable, was missing certain things that you can only learn in practice.
If I were not practicing law, I would be:
Definitely in law enforcement. My undergraduate degree was in Criminal Justice and I had scored highly on a number of the civil service exams for different police jobs. In college, I interned with the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Police and U.S. Secret Service. I definitely have some John McClane or Jack Bauer in me.
People may be surprised to learn:
I am an elected Town Board member in the Town of Beekman, NY (Dutchess County). As a hobby, we raise chickens at our home and have fresh eggs every day. My wife is slowly turning me into a farmer. Very slowly.
What I splurge on:
My family. My wonderful wife Kate and beautiful daughters Giada (four) and Leila (18 months). My little girls already have me wrapped around their finger and my wife would like me to add “No” to my vocabulary when it comes to them.
The best hour of my day is:
Easily, when I get home from work to have dinner with my girls and put them to bed. No matter what happened prior to that, everything is good when I see their faces.
My tough guy side still says Rocky or The Godfather.
What’s on my playlist:
Music is not a passion of mine, but when I listen, some of my favorites include Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel and the Foo Fighters. I stream Pandora from time to time when I am working outside, everything from oldies to country, but otherwise, I mostly listen to talk radio.
My favorite vacation spot:
Although we haven’t been in some time, cruising to the Caribbean. The cell phone is not used—it gets locked in the in-room safe!
Three things I can’t live without:
My family, Seinfeld reruns and my barbecue grill.
Best advice I ever got:
One piece of advice doesn’t stick out, but my family instilled in me the importance of hard work and learning from one’s mistakes.
My advice to new lawyers:
Accept every new challenge or task given to you, no matter how apprehensive you may feel. The best learning exercise for any activity is by actually doing it, and every mistake or misstep is an opportunity to grow.
One of my future ambitions is to:
Pay off my student loans; provide quality representation to each and every one of my clients; and continue to be a better attorney with every deposition, motion, trial and appeal.
My favorite part of being involved with the WCBA:
Working for the betterment of the Association, and getting to network with extremely knowledgeable and well respected lawyers. The WCBA truly benefits from those members whose passion, drive and hard work are reflected in the quality and success of the Association, and I am proud to be a very small part of that.