What you didn’t know about lawyers

Jolanta Budzowska        08 August 2017        Comments (0)

It is essential for a personal injury lawyer to be engaged with the broader legal community. I am a member of multiple international organisations (more information here), and have recently expanded my professional activity to a membership in the American Association for Justice. With a history of over 70 years, this organisation continually focuses on expanding their international coalition of attorneys, law professors, paralegals, and law students. To improve the quality of networking in the International Practice Section, the members agreed to answer a questionnaire designed to get to know each other.

Below you will find my answers, so you too can peek into my personal side. I, for one, was very excited to find out that one of my colleagues was once a part of a band called Julie and the Jelly Babies! If you are an AAJ member, you can access said newsletter here.

Many thanks to Karina Shreefer for interviewing me!

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Favorite international city

As it is far too difficult to pick a city, I’d rather choose a country: Iceland! You can never get enough of Scandinavian heritage, and it’s so beautifully visible in the Icelandic culture. Not to mention Iceland’s magical landscapes.

Name an item on your bucket list

Backpacking through Kyrgyzstan.

Favorite food

Moroccan lamb tagine.

Person(s), living or dead, with whom youd most like to have dinner or drinks

Noam Chomsky

Most surprising difference between US law and the law of your country

The existence of a grand jury. It gives trial lawyers an opportunity to really prove themselves in court.

Advice you would give to yourself at age 20

It might sound like a cliché, but I wish I travelled more and had taken the opportunity to study abroad, which is why my daughter has already spent a year in England. 🙂

Most satisfying professional accomplishment

Every case I handle is very special to me, although there are a couple that stand out: an aviation personal injury case which my law firm handled alongside two other international firms, where we pursued a claim in the United States for a group of over a hundred plaintiffs, and a case where the court of appeals not only overturned the district court judgment, but also awarded my client with the highest compensation in Poland for the wrongful death of her daughter.

Three words to describe you

Persistent, Family-orientated, Competitive

Which languages do you speak?

English, Polish, German

Best thing about AAJ/International Practice section

Sharing knowledge and exchanging experiences.

What do you do in your spare time?

You will either find me with a book in my hand or catching up on The Good Wife.

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