My name is Tom Fugnitti, I’m a 3L at New York Law School, I’m a legal extern at Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C., I’m in the litigation Supreme Court group, and I’m here for my Fall semester.
What I most enjoy about the firm on a general scale would be the amount of assignments that I’ve gotten and the variety of the work. So I’ve been able to work with almost all of the attorneys in the office ranging from landlord-tenant, collections, drafting various documents, to just getting a broad range of assignments that I was able to see what I like. On a smaller scale, I really like the views in the office, the health foods that are always stocked in the kitchen, and definitely the Italian coffee maker.
I would say the biggest cases I’ve worked on is really hard to say because I’ve been just doing a lot of different things but I’d have to say my proudest accomplishment would be learning how to draft responses to motions or other court documents that I’ve never done before. So I was given a file and was able to go through, ask the attorneys questions on things I wasn’t sure about and essentially came up with the documents from scratch, working with the attorneys along the way to perfect it before we filed for court.
What I think separates ALBPC from other firms is the firm culture. For a firm that has under 30 attorneys the diverse clientele and high profile cases are types you find at larger firms. There’s also a very close knit of attorneys and staff here that you really don’t see at other places, and I thought that was very unique and stood out from other places.
My advice for any future interns or employees of the firm is to be prepared to work hard, but also keep an open mind. Coming into this I thought I wanted to focus on the transactional sector of real estate law and I was placed in the litigation group and was able to do a combination of both and found that I actually enjoy the litigation work more. So I would say definitely keep an open mind and be prepared to work in a variety of different practice areas.