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Tennis Lessons For My Legal Career

Posted by: Victoria Santoro

As a tennis player, one of the first things you learn is the importance of your follow-through.  Of course there are many components to a great stroke, but there is nothing like the follow-through to both correct a poorly executed swing, and keep the tennis ball on course, over the net, and heading gracefully towards your opponent.  For reasons still unknown to me, a strong follow-through ensures the ball goes, generally, where you want it to go.  But I don’t ...

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Uncomfortable? Good.

Posted by: Victoria Santoro

In the past couple of weeks, I have gone from one uncomfortable situation to the next…and I couldn’t be happier about it.  Professional discomfort, in my opinion, is the single greatest indicator of whether or not you are achieving, growing and taking important risks.  To be clear, I’m referring to the type of discomfort that results in butterflies in your stomach, the type of pressure that makes you want to perform.  If your discomfort level makes you feel nauseous and panicky and ...

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THE TRIUMPHS OF MEDIATION

Posted by: Victoria Santoro

We so often in our society trumpet the goodness inherent in compromise, but how many people truly practice it in their lives?  The mediation process can be a terrific, cost-effective and less confrontational means of settling a case prior to trial.  Oftentimes, a mutual decision to mediate indicates both parties’ true willingness to come to fair terms.  Of course, court ordered mediation might result in somewhat unwilling parties, a situation clearly that at times does not create ...

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JURY DUTY: A BLESSING OR A CURSE?

Posted by: Victoria Santoro

I was reminded this week of the very noble underpinnings of our civil justice system. The jury system in our country is a national treasure, and one of the few remaining ways everyday citizens exercise one of their most immense powers.  Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) highlighted the importance of the jury in his radio address this week, stating “The brilliance of our legal system is that it places judgment in the hands of everyday citizens.  Twelve complete strangers, from ...

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Depositions Of Your Client: Testimony To Tip The Scales

Posted by: Victoria Santoro

Given the nature of our supportive clan at MBBB, some weeks after passing the bar, I was unsurprisingly assigned my first deposition. Never one to back down from my next challenge, I jumped right in.  Two years later, I have taken many depositions, and although all of them are important, the deposition of your client is crucial. Often, your client’s deposition comes last, just prior to the close of discovery, and can sometimes serve as that final push into settlement.  ...

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Impact Socialization: The Litigators’ Get-Together

Posted by: Victoria Santoro

The social aspect of a successful law practice has been one of the most important lessons of my first two years out of law school.  Coached and encouraged by my mentors at Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, I slowly began venturing out of the office: political fundraisers, new lawyer networking events, bar association events and nonprofit outreach activities, to name just a few.  And, as my most fond memories of college and law school center around time ...

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Braintree – Who can be held accountable?

Posted by: MBBB

MBBB attorney Brad Henry was interviewed by the Patriot Ledger regarding whether the families of the victims of accused Alabama shooter Amy Bishop can sue Braintree and Massachusetts authorities. Henry says Braintree’s handling of the 1986 Bishop are not grounds for legal action.

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