Champlain Valley Law May 2019

Champlain Val ley Law 802-465-4012

MAY 2019

R. Drew Palcsik Attorney at Law PLLC

A Modern Approach to an Age-Old Problem My Journey in Law

A lot of lawyers are content with doing the same old thing that lawyers have done for decades. They sit behind their desks in comfortable offices, see a few clients, shuffle some papers, and head home at five o’clock. That’s not me. After spending years working with attorneys like this, I got fed up feeling disillusioned with the profession I love so much. So I did something about it. At my firm, we work tirelessly to provide our clients with modern services for a modern world. The way I see it, we would be remiss to stay in the dark ages of old-time law practices without taking advantage of all the technologies and benefits the modern world has to offer. That’s why I’ve started doing things my way, and the results show in the smiling faces of satisfied clients who benefit from our modern approach. After 20 years as a lawyer, I’ve seen almost every kind of injury case you can imagine. What remains constant is my passion and interest in the human experience. Nobody should have their life turned upside down because of negligence and be left to deal with it on their own, and that’s why I’ve made it my life’s mission to guide those who are injured by the careless choices of others to fight for the justice they deserve. This passion was kindled early in my career as a social worker. I worked in a psychiatric hospital caring for individuals suffering from the worst kinds of mental disorders you could imagine. From schizophrenia to substance abuse, I was able to see firsthand just how far life can push people down through no fault of their own. With these unfortunate truths of life came rays of happiness and life-changing lessons that showed me just how optimistic and determined people can be to improve their lives. It showed me just how much every single person deserves to be cared about. As the years passed, my time

as a social worker helped me stay aware of how big of a role the field of law plays in people’s everyday lives, especially in the medical and legal system. It was through this exposure that I gradually began to shift my focus into making that kind of life for myself — a life where I could be in a position to effect serious change. I saw my beginning in law as an opportunity to make real, tangible shifts in the outcomes of another person’s situation, giving them the hope and the freedom to make choices. After my graduation from law school in the late ’90s, I began my legal career providing civil legal services to low-income families in crisis. They were facing the loss of housing, domestic violence, and other pressing issues. After 10 years, I moved into a general practice, gaining experience in most every type of case I could take. Little by little, I accumulated experience and started feeling comfortable in my position as a sort of jack-of-all-trades attorney. It was there where my life made an unexpected intersection with a client who had her life thrown off the rails. A client approached us and explained to me that she had been severely electrocuted by a faulty refrigerator in a grocery store. After many months together, and getting to know her as a person and learning her story, I remember sitting there as we worked out the details of her settlement and thinking, “This is what I was born to do.”More than 10 years later, I still take that fire and empathy with me into every case. Practicing plaintiff’s law since 2010 has demonstrated to me that taking advantage of advances in technology is extremely beneficial to my clients. I pride myself in my ability to run a completely modern and digital-based firm where we are able to meet clients at their convenience and not cause them any

more unnecessary stress. My clients can video conference with me from the comfort of their own home. We also personalize a client success roadmap in a series of videos and emails in order to educate our clients about the bumps and curves and stops and starts of an injury case so they can stay informed of what is happening at every step of the way. If you or someone you care about has been harmed by the careless choices of a business or another person, you don’t deserve to suffer alone. I will fight to ensure you receive the justice and money in the verdict that equals the harms and losses you have suffered.

Call us anytime at 518-594-6046 or 802-465-4012. We’ll be there for you.

-Drew Palcsik | 1

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