I’m Tom Mortati, and I’m the senior litigation attorney at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti.
The thing I’m most proud of about the work that I do, and particularly now that I’m at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti and on the plaintiffs side, is to change people’s lives for the better. People come to us, they’ve had something bad happen to them. It’s not that necessarily we give closure in getting a compensation for them, and sometimes, and oftentimes, it’s not about the compensation or the number of dollars, but we can give them peace. And we can give them some sense of going forward in their lives and having something that helps them and protects them and provides for them for the rest of their lives. And that is the biggest reward I get out of what I do, honestly. I have a joke, though, with my clients. Oftentimes, I tell them, “Look, don’t take this personally, but I hope you never see me again.” And they get it, you know, but I actually now have a lot of friendships with people that I’ve been able to help in the little less than two years I’ve been a part of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti. People say, you know, “You changed my life.” And they keep in touch, which is great.
My primary interest outside of work, honestly, is my family, my wife and kids. We have two dogs as well. You know, as far as recreational things, I like to golf, I like to exercise, and just do stuff around the yard. It’s kind of boring sometimes, but I enjoy it. And my wife and I do a lot of gardening both with our flowers and things like that. And she does quite a bit of vegetable gardening too. So, I’m the hired labor.
The fact that MHM has such a dedication to the community it serves, and that’s the greater capital region and beyond, and we do things. You know, last fall, I was doing an event up in Potsdam, New York. It certainly, for me, gives me great pride in the place that I work, the name of the firm. You know, when I go into court or anywhere, or tell people in the general public and I meet people haven’t seen me in a while or just people I’m meeting for the first time, and they ask me, “Well, Where do you work?” And I tell them Martin, Harding & Mazzotti. And I say that with great pride because of the things we do, not just the litigation work that we do.