From Lead Counsel: January 2021
Happy New Year, everyone! My family and I traveled up to Michigan for a few days to enjoy the holiday break. Due to our son’s school attendance restrictions, we had to return home a little sooner than expected. The vibe was definitely different this year in comparison to any year I can remember. Nevertheless, my family and I enjoyed a peaceful and relaxing holiday. We had a lot more time for home projects, and in my case, working out at the gym. I ended up making quite a few resolutions this year, just like I did at the end of 2019. My resolutions this year are a bit different than last year. Considering the change of circumstances, I have chosen to focus more on experiencing happiness and personal growth rather than achieving bigger career goals. Last year provided us with a powerful lesson on patience, so I have resolved to work on things that are within my control and remain patient about the things that are not.
Luckily, it is within my control to continue to invest my effort, leadership and spirit into Vogelzang Law! We have begun the transition from enjoying the holiday season to diving back into work. The first day back is always challenging, but the routine returns by the second or third day. It feels great. We are fortunate to continue working and making progress on our cases. I was in court yesterday with the asbestos judge arguing and winning, I might add, a motion requiring a company to present a witness for questioning in a deposition. The goal was to identify the company’s products that contained asbestos, understand the production timeline and discover where the products ended up. It is immensely gratifying to be able to fight for our mesothelioma clients and use our resources to investigate how they were exposed. That hearing kicked off the new year, and we are moving forward with more court appearances and depositions! As our legal team continues to grow, our bond remains strong. We are committed to making thoughtful decisions based on vibrant discussions about several legal issues. I’m very fortunate to be surrounded by such great legal professionals and clientele. If we could experience 20 more years filled with determination, justice and supportiveness, like we did last year, I would be happy. Some of the most difficult challenges we faced last year brought out the best in us.
While we continue to wait for the pandemic to pass, it becomes a little easier each day to better serve our clients and work more efficiently. I am looking forward to the day I can visit our clients in their homes and get to know them and their family members. While we wait for that day, we continue to speak with our clients on the phone and introduce them to Zoom, Gmail and Docusign. All of our clients, partners and vendors have been tremendous to work with over the last year. Our ability to continue working together under these enduring conditions is just one reason to count ourselves lucky every day.
Thank you for reading this newsletter and for continuing to work with us. As always, do not hesitate to let us know how we can do better. I encourage everyone to dig in and try to overcome the challenges this year may bring. No matter what, the journey will be memorable! Have a great year!
~ Nicholas Vogelzang