Deborah Baker-Egozi is a partner in the Miami office of Greenspoon Marder LLP https://www.gmlaw.com/, focusing on complex commercial litigation matters. She is a member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors and is a past-president of Miami-Dade FAWL.
When in need of a quick recharge I … go for a walk in the sun.
My preferred method of exercise is … spinning at Flywheel or on my Peloton at home.
I am most productive during the day when I … turn off the sound on my phone and work through my to-do list without distractions.
The one thing I would tell a stressed-out and overwhelmed young lawyer is … make sure you want to stay in this profession before the “golden handcuffs” and other financial obligations that may come later in life force you to stay.
My guilty pleasure is … long weekends away to recharge.
The best way to deal with a difficult colleague or opposing counsel is … by refusing to engage in unproductive and exhausting email or letter-writing campaigns. There is power in silence, and when it is strategically employed, you put yourself in control of the matter.
The quickest way to ruin your career is … making misrepresentations to the court, opposing counsel or your clients.
The best advice I’ve received about balancing work and life is … develop your own book of business so you control your own schedule, not another attorney in your firm.