When were you an attorney at Tressler?
was an associate in Tressler’s New York City office and left to join
SterlingRisk in October 2017.
Tell us about the current
work you do at SterlingRisk.
In my role as Associate Coverage
Counsel at SterlingRisk, I provide counsel on insurance coverage related
issues, as well as general litigation matters involving SterlingRisk and its
What is most challenging about your
Given the nature of my in-house
role, I field requests from multiple teams within my company and am juggling
multiple time-sensitive projects at once. Often, non-lawyers do not
understand the amount of time/work a “simple request “can take and lose
patience when legal review/analysis takes longer than expected.
What are the
biggest differences between law firm life and in-house life?
As in-house counsel, you are more
than just a lawyer; you are a business executive. Accordingly, you are expected
to make legal judgments as well as business judgments.
about the personal and professional satisfaction that you get from your work.
mentioned, part of my responsibility as in-house counsel is to balance the
legal implications of a decision with the business implications. This can
be challenging but can also be very rewarding. Unlike in private
practice, where a win or loss is easy to quantify (e.g., getting a case
dismissed), satisfaction is more subjective. Instead, I get
satisfaction from knowing that we were able to help advance our clients’
businesses by helping their bottom line, reducing/mitigating risks, and protecting
How did your experiences at
Tressler prepare you for your current role at SterlingRisk? How did Tressler
help you in your career development?
My experiences at Tressler allowed
me to have direct contact with clients and a variety of other “players”
including brokers, wholesalers, defense counsel, policyholders, etc. These interactions helped prepare me for my current role where I am directly
interacting with these players daily.
share your most memorable experience at Tressler?
My most memorable experience at
Tressler was when I successfully argued an opposition to a motion for summary
judgment. We had inherited the file after briefing on the motion had been
drafted and submitted to the court, and I had less than a month to get familiar
with the case and the arguments to be made in connection with the motion.
Further, this Judge asked a lot of follow up questions and posed hypotheticals
to counsel for both parties. My preparation paid off, and I was able to
successfully advance our client’s position and win the motion.
involved in any pro-bono or volunteer activities?
I’ve been involved in several
volunteer activities that SterlingRisk participates in as an
organization. Most recently, my department volunteered at the Ronald McDonald
House of Long Island in New Hyde Park. Additionally, I continue to serve
as an Alumni Mentor with Pace University’s Alumni Mentorship Program.
would you give to current associates moving up the ranks at Tressler?
Always read the policy!!! Also,
time management is a crucial skill that you will need whether you are working
at a law firm or in-house.
Any updates on your
professional and/or personal life you would like to share?
With respect to my professional
life, I’m happy to share that I recently became a licensed Property and
Casualty Broker/Producer in New York. As to my personal life, I’m proud to
share that my 15-month old son, Hank, has started walking!