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Stamford Lawyers, Open & Shut

Stamford attorneys share stories about their career



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Ooops! We ran out of room in the latest issue. But Stamford attorneys (and a few from nearby towns) who answered our Top Lawyers Q&A had plenty to say about their day jobs. Here is some free advice, plus some interesting tidbits about their days in court.

Why did you become an attorney?

"I wanted to, and still do, make the world a better place."

-Victoria de Toledo

Labor and Employment

Casper & de Toledo, Stamford

"Since elementary school I have admired a close family friend of my parents who was an attorney and eventually become a judge. I liked the idea of persuasive writing and supporting my arguments with detailed facts."

-Paul D. Greeley

Intellectual Property, Licensing

Ohlandt, Greeley, Ruggiero & Perle LLP, Stamford

"I love to read, review and analyze, plus all my friends were doing it."

-Julie Daniel

Immigration and Naturalization, Consular

Krasnogor & Krasnogor LLP, Stamford and New York

What was your favorite class in law school?

"It was participation in the law clinic where I provided legal services to indigents and conducted full-scale felony trials as a defense lawyer, with supervision from a professor."

-Paul D. Greeley

Intellectual Property, Licensing

Ohlandt, Greeley, Ruggiero & Perle LLP, Stamford

"I loved all of my law school classes. I was one of those oddballs that really loved law school. It teaches a disciplined way of thinking that is just great."

-Victoria de Toledo

Labor and Employment

Casper & de Toledo, Stamford

"Federal Civil Procedure. It introduces would-be attorneys to the architecture of the law and encourages a type of thinking that lawyers in practice use throughout their careers."

-David M. Cohen

Labor and Employment, Civil Rights, Litigation

Wofsey, Rosen, Kweskin & Kuriansky LLP, Stamford

What is your specialty and why did you choose it?

"Employment law chose me because it expresses the demand for fairness in the human activity that governs how we conduct our lives on a daily basis."

-David M. Cohen

Labor and Employment, Civil Rights, Litigation

Wofsey, Rosen, Kweskin & Kuriansky LLP, Stamford

"Not only was immigration law a perfect fit for my interests and advocacy work on behalf of human rights but my law partner, my mother, had already founded and was running a successful immigration practice."

-Julie Daniel

Immigration and Naturalization, Consular

Krasnogor & Krasnogor LLP, Stamford and New York

"It actually chose me when I was seeking a summer associate position after my second year of law school, and I received litigation summer associate offers by patent firms in Washington, D.C. I jumped at the chance to use both my litigation skills and technical undergraduate background (I was a chemistry major) in the area of patent law."

-Paul D. Greeley

Intellectual Property, Licensing

Ohlandt, Greeley, Ruggiero & Perle LLP, Stamford

What do you know today that you wish you had known when you started practicing law?

"Representing clients and attempting to meet their needs is going to provide you with more satisfaction than you will believe you can obtain from a career."

-David M. Cohen

Labor and Employment, Civil Rights, Litigation

Wofsey, Rosen, Kweskin & Kuriansky LLP, Stamford

"That the practice of law is fun and rewarding, and you can make a difference in the world one person at a time."

-Victoria de Toledo

Labor and Employment

Casper & de Toledo, Stamford

"That it never gets easier, even when you are a seasoned practitioner and partner. It has become much more complex, and due to the multiple changes that occur on a daily basis affecting the practice, immigration practitioners these days tend to sub-specialize in a few areas only."

-Julie Daniel

Immigration and Naturalization, Consular

Krasnogor & Krasnogor LLP, Stamford and New York

How has your specialty changed since you began practicing law?

"I represent employees who have employment issues; discrimination has become more covert. It still exists but is harder to prove."

-Victoria de Toledo

Labor and Employment

Casper & de Toledo, Stamford

"It is now called intellectual property law versus patent law. The specialty has been the hottest growing area in the legal professional and has moved into areas such as mergers and acquisitions, due diligence and complex litigation, as well as FDA and Paragraph IV disputes."

-Paul D. Greeley

Intellectual Property, Licensing

Ohlandt, Greeley, Ruggiero & Perle LLP, Stamford

What advice would you give to young people thinking about going to law school?

"Law school teaches an excellent way to view a problem. But do not become a lawyer just to make money. People are putting their lives in your hands. Become a lawyer because you feel passionate about what you are doing."

-Victoria de Toledo

Labor and Employment

Casper & de Toledo, Stamford

"If you really want to practice, do it. If you are not sure, do it anyway because it gives you a great basis for any endeavor. But be prepared for the hardest three years you have ever faced."

-Julie Daniel

Immigration and Naturalization, Consular

Krasnogor & Krasnogor LLP, Stamford and New York

Who’s your favorite TV lawyer?

"I grew up watching Perry Mason. The combination of Perry Mason and his investigator gave what I have learned now to be a very accurate example of practicing law. Since becoming a lawyer, I think the best TV lawyer show was Boston Legal because it took on important issues of the day."

-Arnold H. Rutkin

Family

Rutkin, Oldham and Griffin LLC, Westport

"I am not much of a television person but I love Judge Judy."

-Julie Daniel

Immigration and Naturalization, Consular

Krasnogor & Krasnogor LLP, Stamford and New York

"It's the class of lawyers who made up the firm in L.A. Law. Pretty good portrayals of the real thing."

-Ernest N. Abate

Business and Commercial, Trusts and Estates, Wills and Probate

Abate & Abate LLC, Stamford

What’s your favorite lawyer joke?

"I can’t repeat it!"

-Ernest N. Abate

Business and Commercial, Trusts and Estates, Wills and Probate

Abate & Abate LLC, Stamford

What’s the dumbest thing you’ve seen a client do?

"Submit an altered tax return and claim it was the original submitted to the IRS."

-Ellen B. Lubell

Family, Matrimonial

Westport

"A male client came dressed for court in a one piece jump suit; he looked like he was John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever except he was 4’ 11” and sixty years old."

-Victoria de Toledo

Labor and Employment

Casper & de Toledo, Stamford

"Deliberately ingest Syrup of Ipecac to delay cross-examination."

Neal L. Moskow

Civil Litigation, Labor and Employment, Product Liability

Ury & Moskow LLC, Fairfield

"Show up to a Green Card interview in a tank top (and tattoo showing), and chewing gum."

-Julie Daniel

Immigration and Naturalization, Consular

Krasnogor & Krasnogor LLP, Stamford and New York

What is the craziest thing you’ve seen in court?

"One of my partners once saw a witness eat an exhibit during a trial."

-Stewart I. Edelstein

Commercial Litigation, Appellate

Cohen and Wolf PC, Bridgeport

"An expert witness who asked, on the record, which side had hired him before he began his testimony."

-Sarah S. Oldham

Family, Matrimonial

Rutkin, Oldham & Griffin LLC, Westport

"I saw a witness turn to the judge and tell him that the question the judge was asking him was “stupid” and then say, “Have you been paying attention to what the lawyers and witnesses have been saying?” The judge was not amused."

-Neal L. Moskow

Civil Litigation, Labor and Employment, Product Liability

Ury & Moskow LLC, Fairfield

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