A Few Words From Maria Meet the Staff Members Who Help Us Win Our Cases
At Pezzano Mickey & Bornstein, we’re lucky to have a knowledgeable, capable staff to help our attorneys dominate in the courtroom. One of those team members is Maria. Maria is a paralegal who’s been here since the early days of Pezzano Mickey & Bornstein. She began with us part time when her children were little, and she has flourished into a full-time, indispensable part of our team.
With young children at home, Maria focused on raising them. As they got older, however, she felt a pull to return to her legal career. While browsing the wanted ads, she saw Lisa’s listing for a paralegal. “We clicked right away,” Maria says about her interview with Lisa. “My primary job is to ease the load off Lisa so she can go to court and fight for the worker. I push a lot of paper, and I’m also the primary source of contact for a client. I find it really challenging and rewarding. We’re working with clients who are injured, who are fathers, husbands, single parents, dependent on a check to feed their family, to fuel their car. “One of my very first legal jobs was in workers’ comp insurance, but on the side of the defense. I found out pretty quickly I didn’t want to be on that side. “Now that I’m on the side of the injured worker who’s just trying to get what they’re owed so they can support themselves and their families, it’s very fulfilling.”
Maria’s interest in law was first sparked while working as a receptionist at a firm. “Paralegals would give me their overflow work, and it turned out to be something that immediately interested me,” says Maria. “I went to paralegal school, and here I am.”
TAKE A BREAK
When you think of St. Patrick’s Day cuisine, corned beef and green beer are probably the first things that come to mind. This year, consider adding colcannon to your March 17 menu. It’s basically mashed potatoes on steroids, and it’s utterly delicious.
1 pound cooked bacon, chopped into small pieces
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3 pounds potatoes
2 sticks butter
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4 scallions, finely chopped
1 1/4 cups hot milk
Parsley, for garnish
1 head cabbage, cored and shredded
Salt and pepper, to taste
4. Add cabbage, bacon, and scallions to mashed potatoes, gently stirring to combine. 5. Serve garnished with parsley and a pat of butter.
1. Steam potatoes for 30 minutes. Peel skins and mash flesh thoroughly. 2. Chop 1 stick of butter into small cubes and add to warm potatoes. Once melted, slowly add milk, stirring constantly. 3. Boil cabbage in water. Add 2 tablespoons of butter to tenderize.
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