Petrillo: Why does it take so long?
Goldberg: Well, you could probably answer that question since you’ve been doing this for such a long time. For the people watching this, the way our firm works, the cases can come in from any of the attorneys, but they always go to Steve. And Steve starts the case in the beginning and works with the clients and basically develops it. So tell us, at least initially, why it takes so long.
Petrillo: Well, many times we talk about the team approach. The idea behind that is to permit the trial attorney to focus on trials. When I first started practicing law, I was a solo practitioner and it was a very difficult thing to be on trial because you have to be so focused during a trial on one particular case and all the elements of the trial, but at the same time to run an office and to devote time and preparation to the other cases. So let me ask you this, how does it benefit you as a trial attorney to work within this team approach?
Goldberg: Well, just what you said, I can focus on the case. At any given time, we have somewhere between 500 and 600 cases. If I’m on trial, I worry about one case. I worry about the case that I’m on trial with any case that I’m dealing with.
But knowing that there’s three other attorneys who have my back on the rest of the practice gives me the luxury really of that kind of focus and that kind of attention to the case that I have. And if the case goes on for two weeks, I’m focused for two weeks on one case. And believe me, that’s a big benefit.
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