Friedman & Simon - December 2019





The Holiday Crunch A Hectic Time of Year That’s Worth It

‘Tis the season of phone calls here at the firm as we rush toward 2020. Insurance companies are keen to close their books for the year, and courts want to keep cases moving as fast as they can — it ends up creating quite the holiday rush for personal injury lawyers. I definitely have a list of insurers to call every day, and you can bet I check it twice. But, no matter how hectic things get here, not a day goes by that I’m not thankful to be a part of this team. I went into personal injury law in 2013 after finding the work to be enjoyable and rewarding in law school. I’d had the opportunity to intern in several different practice areas but found helping accident survivors really spoke to me. It’s simultaneously a very procedurally driven job while also deeply personal. I can use the technical and argumentative skills that drew me to the profession in the first place while making a difference for everyday people — I far prefer that over working for some big bank or insurance agency.

everyone is incredibly supportive — it really does feel like being part of a family. I mean, we even have our own holiday gathering every year. Despite how hectic this season is, we still set aside the time to get together, eat a great meal, and enjoy each other’s company. No matter what workplace you’re in, when you have a close-knit team you can bond with at moments like this, it’s a blessing. Of course, I’ll still spend plenty of time with my own family this Christmas — something sure to add a few pounds to my weight. You see, my family has kept their Greek traditions alive and well; I even learned Greek before English! So, naturally, when the holidays roll around, I get more than my fill of great traditional dishes. Alongside more American dishes like turkey, we’ll have spanakopita, or spinach pie, and plenty of melomakarono, honey-glazed cookies made especially for the holidays.

So, probably like most people this time of year, there’s plenty to get done but also

plenty to look forward to. I’ve found the best way to handle the crunch is to take one thing at a time. One phone call, one hearing, one meeting with a client — and before you know it, the week is over and you can’t

believe how much you’ve accomplished. Of course, it helps to have great coworkers and family around you along the way. In that regard, I’m very grateful.

And I couldn’t ask for a better firm to call home. I came to Friedman & Simon in May of 2016 and feel very lucky to be here. From Ed, Roger, and Michael, to our amazing staff,

“No matter what workplace you’re in, when you have a close-knit team you can bond with at moments like this, it’s a blessing.”

––––-John Papadopoulos



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