My name is Bob Bruschini. I am one of the trial attorneys at Martin, Harding & Mazzotti. I’ve been doing the legal profession for 26 years, which sounds like a long time now that I say it. I’ve been with Martin, Harding & Mazzotti as a trial attorney for the last 11 of those years.
The difference between working where I was working and working with Martin, Harding & Mazzotti was dramatic, A, the pace. We work hard, we work hard constantly. The level of communication between attorney and client is different from anything I’ve ever seen. And all of that’s a surprise coming from the side of the defendant, especially in my job where I worked with nothing but very large companies. It was great, great change to be able to deal with folks on a day-to-day basis. And your expectations are quite high, right? You’re going to be in constant communication. These folks are coming to you because it is about the worst time of their lives. That’s not true with large insurance companies or construction companies. So, the demands on who you were as an attorney vis-a-vis your client relationship were completely different and a surprise. It took me a while to make that transition. It’s a great transition to make.
Every personal injury case is resolved by way of some monetary reward. That’s the hope. One is injured, that injury has or does not have a value. That value was paid through money, hopefully by an insurance policy that applies. Well, to do that, to get there, you have to make, at some point, a demand as to what you believe the value of the case is. That is very little by way of science and way more by way of art. That art comes through experience. And so, we constantly, quite literally every day and multiple times a day, we’ll go to each other’s offices or collecting the hallway and say, “Here’s the case I have, I represent Mr. or Mrs. X, and here are the injuries that this person suffered. This is their age. What do we think the value range is?” And that is invaluable because that allows a far more accurate portrayal of what compensation we should be seeking for these clients who are counting on us to get that right.