Brooks & Crowley September 2019

Review Brooks & Crowley

September 2019


439 Washington Street Dedham, MA 02026

*Services Throughout Massachusetts

"If you’ve ever worked in the service industry, you know how humbling it can be. When serving people, your job is decidedly not about you."

all needed to work together. And I loved it. As a bonus, I could even sneak in and watch the games before heading back for the second half of my shift. To this day, I can tell within a few minutes if a dining companion has ever worked in a restaurant. If they are tapping their watch, complaining a lot, or otherwise assuming that serving a meal is easy, I know they’ve never tried it for themselves. That person freaking out in Starbucks over some insignificant mistake? I promise they’ve never waited a table in their life. Working at a restaurant, in effect, makes you a better customer because it gives you the best sense of empathy you could hope for. You’ve been there, so you know what the other person is dealing with. That sense of empathy for the people you serve is a cornerstone of our firm. Our job is to know the law, of course, but it’s also to understand what our clients are going through. You could be the best lawyer in the world, but nobody is going to care if you’re a jerk to your customers. Being an attorney is about advocating, and it’s much easier to advocate for somebody you care about. When I worked in restaurants, I wanted every guest to leave happy. Today at the firm, it’s no different. Is your first job what you’ll do for the rest of your life? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean you won’t carry the lessons you learned from it with you. –Neil Crowley

WHAT CAN I GET FOR YOU? Why Everyone Should Work in Service

If you’ve ever worked in the service industry, you know how humbling it can be. When serving people, your job is decidedly not about you. It’s about working as a team to run a well- functioning operation. It’s about dealing with problems; when you serve thousands of guests, there will be problems. It’s about occupying your time in the most productive way possible. Most of all, though, it’s about meeting people at their level and doing what you can to give them a good time, whether they’re in the best or worst moods of their lives. I worked at a bar near the Boston Garden during the '80s heyday of the Celtics and Bruins. It was a crazy job. I remember the boss taught us that there was always something to do, so standing around was not tolerated. If nobody was there to be served, you should be polishing silverware or cleaning bottles behind the bar. We always needed to be ready because after the game, we would go from nearly empty to jam packed in five minutes. If we got behind, it would take a long time to get caught up, and it wasn’t fun. Both before and after games, we were slammed. It was all hands on deck, full steam ahead, or whatever other metaphor you can think of. We

Do you ever think about how funny it is that we ask kids what they want to be when they grow up? Before we expect children to be able to take out the trash, we expect them to have their careers planned out. While having hopes and aspirations is inspiring, sometimes we can learn just as much from a good ol’ fashioned job as we can from planning for our futures. Along with asking kids what they aspire to be, maybe we should start asking what they want to do for their first job. It doesn’t have to be glamorous or high-powered. Instead, it should teach the value of punching in, following rules, being responsible, and dealing with other people. One job that fits all of these criteria is a job in the service industry. In countries like Israel and South Korea, there is forced military conscription. This policy requires that every qualifying person of a certain age serves a prescribed period of time in the military. I like to joke that we should have a similar concept, but instead of putting people in fatigues, we should get them into a waiter’s uniform. Steve and I both did time in the service industry before becoming lawyers, and it’s served us incredibly well.


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Finding the Right Workout for Your Diet

How to Match Your Routine to Your Plate

up as much protein (which vegans generally consume less of), and the ample glucose in a vegan diet is ideal for powering intense workouts like sprints, stairs, body-weight lifts, and CrossFit drills. PALEO The paleo diet is unique in that it actually comes with its own exercise plan, though many paleo eaters probably don’t know it. According to Paleo Leap, “The paleo lifestyle emphasizes natural movement (preferably outside) over machine-based exercises and brief but intense strength training workouts over extended sessions of steady-state cardio.” Above all, paleo advocates advise listening to your body and choosing a workout plan that leaves you feeling good. Some people wonder if Uber or Lyft carry enough insurance to cover a catastrophic accident. We recently found out the extent of Uber’s total coverage through a national attorney personal injury group we belong to, and the answer is yes. There are a few outlying situations where you may be able to bring action against a ride-share company itself. For instance, if the driver should not have passed a background check, you can place blame on the company. Because these cases are both new and complicated, you’ll want to work with an experienced attorney who will explore all aspects of your accident. Call us today to find out how we can do just that.

opportunity to chow down on pork rinds and cheese (a perk that comes at the expense of giving up chips, bread, and most fruits). Shape magazine recommends moderate- intensity workouts for people eating keto because they won’t have the ample supply of glucose the body relies on for high- intensity exercises like sprints and HIIT. On the plus side, if you go keto, you’ll burn more fat during cardio because you won’t have a store of glycogen to compete with it as an energy source. VEGAN Plant-based diets are generally associated with slow-moving exercises like yoga, but VegNews reports that short, high-intensity workouts are actually the best option for people who don’t eat meat or dairy. Choosing quick workouts means your body won’t use

What you eat and how your body performs are two intimately linked aspects of your overall fitness. That’s why distance runners carb-load on spaghetti before marathons and yogis skip breakfast before a 105-degree Bikram class. However, this nuance is easy to neglect in a world of fad diets and food trends that move at whiplash speed. If you’ve jumped on the keto, vegan, or paleo bandwagons but are still slogging through the same workout routine, it’s time to take a closer look at your body’s needs and tailor your gym time accordingly. Here are a few tips for matching your diet to the optimal workout. KETO This high-fat, low-carb diet is currently booming among athletes who relish the

Uber and Lyft Accidents A New Kind of Auto Accident

Uber and Lyft are so ubiquitous these days that it can be easy to forget they are a relatively new phenomenon. Even 10 years ago, you hailed a cab by sticking out your thumb, not by tapping an app on your phone. There’s no denying that ride-sharing is great for the environment and convenient for riders, but the rise of these megacompanies is not without its drawbacks. If you’re involved in an accident while riding in an Uber or Lyft, you can expect far more complications than you’d face with an accident involving two personal vehicles.

is that you will be covered. This unique alliance has produced a new auto insurance situation. When you are driving in your car, your regular auto insurance covers you, but, when a driver turns on the Uber or Lyft app, the auto insurance switches to a different insurance company with different coverage. We have represented many folks injured in accidents involving ride-share companies. One time, the ride-share company tried to say that the app wasn’t switched on, so the accident wouldn’t be covered. Our client had the proof to show otherwise on his phone.

As a passenger, you are never going to be at-fault for an accident. However, you still need to determine who was. If the other party is responsible, you’ll seek compensation as you normally would. But if your driver is responsible, you’ll deal with their insurance company. That’s a pretty unique scenario that requires you to navigate a web of red tape. In a contentious practice, Uber and Lyft designate their drivers as independent contractors. Being contractors as opposed to employees has all sorts of ramifications, but, for your purposes, the most important factor


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Build a Millionaire’s Library

Book Recommendations From the Ultra Successful

not what turned the company into a world- conquering success. In “It’s Not About the Coffee,” Howard Behar highlights the importance of company culture and the role business leaders play in helping their team members reach their full potential. ‘Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration’ by Ed Catmull WithAmy Wallace Who read it? Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook Ed Catmull, co-founder of Pixar, is responsible for some of the most successful animated movies in the history of cinema. “Creativity, Inc.” explores the creative process behind such films and how this process can be replicated in any industry. Forbes has suggested that Catmull’s book “just might be the best business book ever written.”

What does every successful person have in common? They read. Avid reading is a key characteristic of the ultra successful because, through great ideas, you can learn how to achieve your full potential. If you want to be more successful in business and in life, you should definitely add these great books to your reading list.

‘Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales From the World of Wall Street’ by John Brooks Who read it? Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft Famously loaned to Bill Gates by Warren Buffett himself, “Business Adventures” was written and originally published shortly after the stock market crash of 1962. In this book, John Brooks recorded the successes and failures of 12 major companies of the era, including Ford, Xerox, and General Electric.

From 1903–1908, renowned German poet Rainer Maria Rilke wrote letters to a young, aspiring poet. These candid thoughts from one of the greatest artistic minds offer insights on life, love, and how to fully experience the world we live in. Each letter is a valuable reminder that we should never underestimate our own artistic spirit. ‘It's Not About the Coffee: Leadership Principles From a Life at Starbucks’ by Howard Behar Who read it? Katrina Lake, founder and CEO of Stitch Fix

‘Letters to a Young Poet’ by Rainer Maria Rilke Who read it? Jen Rubio, co-founder and president of Away

Starbucks is known for its quick coffee and seasonally controversial cups, but that’s

Laugh Out Loud

This easy-to-make, protein-packed casserole is a killer way to start the day, and it’s easy to make in bulk and reheat. Make it on Sunday and enjoy healthy breakfasts throughout the week. Paleo Breakfast Casserole



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1/2 cup onion, diced 1 red pepper, diced

1. Heat oven to 375 F. 2. In a large pan over medium heat, sauté onion, peppers, bacon, and sweet potatoes until bacon is completely rendered and onions are translucent. Then, add garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes. Finally, add spinach and continue cooking for another 3–5 minutes. 3. Transfer to a greased casserole dish. 4. In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and pour them over casserole. 5. Bake for 20–30 minutes, let stand for 5 minutes, and serve.

2 strips bacon, cut into squares

1 large sweet potato, spiralized or grated

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 cups spinach

1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth (optional: substitute with water)

1 tsp paprika

6 eggs

Salt and pepper, to taste

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439 Washington Street Dedham, MA 02026 Inside This Issue


The Importance of Having a Job

Finding the Right Workout for Your Diet How to Deal With a Ride-share Injury



A Reading List for Real Success

Paleo Breakfast Casserole


Free Museums for All

With Free Entry at These Boston Landmarks Celebrate Museum Day

museum contains a lifetime’s worth of study. Not to be missed are the famed “glass flowers,” created by Czech artists Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka in the 19th century and recently restored to the fullness of their glory. PEABODY MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND ETHNOLOGY 11 Divinity Ave. Cambridge, MA 02138 If you’re interested in the tools, customs, and artifacts of civilizations past, you’ll find countless wonders at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. From massive sculptures to delicate pieces of ancient jewelry, every room has the power to thrill, delight, and educate. Go to Museum-Day-2019 to print off your free ticket for all participating museums.

Sept. 21 is Museum Day. Participating museums across the country will offer free entry to patrons in an effort to foster learning and engagement with culture. In Massachusetts, we have more museums involved than you could even visit in one day. Did you know, for example, that there’s a Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton? Have you heard about the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History in Weston? Both will be free on Museum Day, along with these excellent museums in and around Boston.

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON 465 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA 02115 Founded in 1870, the Museum of Fine Arts is one of the city’s longest-standing and most important art institutions. The collection, full of works by European masters like Rembrandt and Goya, recalls a time when wealthy Americans sought to make the United States the world’s leading force of culture. In recent years, the museum has also increased its collection of contemporary and Asian art. Stop in, marvel at a Van Gogh, and discover your

new favorite painter while roaming the halls of one of Boston’s most awe-inspiring buildings.


Who wouldn’t get a kick out of seeing a 40-foot long dinosaur skeleton? The Harvard Museum of Natural History is home to that and a whole lot more. With a collection of preserved animals, vegetation, and gemstones numbering in the hundreds of thousands, the


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