The Reasons I Do What I Do…

I couldn’t sleep last night.  I was anxious about six hearings I had in the morning.  But more than that, I felt a little burnt out for the first time in a long while.  I’ve been taking communications classes on the weekends, while constantly learning medicine at nights, all the while spending most days in Court or depositions and keeping up with my case load. By the time I got to Court this morning, I was less than excited about facing six or more NYC attorneys for the next 4-6 hours.  I went to meet with my first client, a woman and her child.  They were sitting on a bench outside the courtroom.  The child was so small, maybe three years old, with a pink jumpsuit on.  She had a small braid in her hair, and her lips were pursed together as she thought out the answer to her mother’s question, “How do you spell the word, cat?”  The mother sat in patience, a quiet strength about her.  She looked at me with a feigned smile, attempting to hold back the pain she has had to go through with her child being injured by someone else’s negligence.  Taking her child to cold and dark courtrooms, when she should be out dancing in the sunshine. And then it happened.  After I shook the mother’s hand, her child slowly slid off the bench, and hugged me.  Her little arms wrapped as far around my knees as they could, and I was in the arms of an angel.  Her mother smiled.  “She likes to hug.”  I gave them both a look and said, “So do I.”  I got on one knee and asked for another hug, and the child obliged.   Pure bliss. I walked away from that encounter, as I do with so many other encounters with victims I represent, and that is with renewed respect, love, and pride for them.  I am a lucky man to be able to do what I do… The NeuroLaw Trial Group

Dear Friends and Clients,

In furtherance of our firm’s culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can.

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP