Ziff Law Firm Attorney Jim Reed Selected For Inclusion In Super Lawyers 2008 Magazine!!!!

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James B. Reed, our managing partner, is way too humble to toot his own horn, and it will mortify him to read this post. Nevertheless, I thought our loyal readers would be interested to know that we have a star among us! Every year, an organization known as Super Lawyers selects attorneys from across the country to be included in its prestigious publication. Less than 5% of attorneys meet its rigorous standards. The selection process is long and arduous, too much so to list it here. For anyone dying to know the process, it can be found on the Super Lawyers website: www.superlawyers.com.

I am very proud to congratulate Jim on his listing in New York Super Lawyers 2008, Upstate edition. Frankly, we always thought of Jim as super, but its nice to know other people think that, too! This is far from the first time Jim has been recognized for his outstanding achievements in and out of of the courtroom, though. Jim is a long standing member of the both the Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and has been rated a perfect 10 by the lawyer rating website www.avvo.com. Jim is actively involved in several local, state and national bar associations, and is a prolific writer on legal topics of all kinds, a fact of which our readers are well aware.

As significant as Jim’s achievement is, he is not the first attorney from the Ziff Law Firm to earn inclusion in New York Super Lawyers Upstate edition. Senior partner Carl T. Hayden was included in the same publication last year. In addition to the Super Lawyers inclusion, Carl is also a Fellow of the even more exclusive American College of Trial Lawyers, an honor bestowed upon only the top 1% of trial lawyers in the entire nation!

The next time you see Jim or Carl around town, feel free to congratulate them on their significant achievements, and don’t forget to ask them about their cape!

Thanks for reading,

Adam M. Gee, Esq.
New York and PA Personal Injury and Malpractice Attorney

The Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William Street
Elmira, NY 14901
Phone: (607)733-8866
Fax: (607)732-6062
Email: [email protected]

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The National Institute for Trial Advocacy — a Worthwhile Investment

Shortly after I joined Ziff Law, Jim Reed, the firm’s managing partner (and frequent poster on this blog,) told me to sign myself up for the two-week National Session on Building Trial Skills offered by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). “And by the way,” he remarked, “the program is located just outside Boulder, Colorado.”

‘Nuff said. As a former resident of Denver and Missoula, Montana, I am a true lover of the mountains and was ecstatic about the chance to spend some time savoring mountain life. Oh, NITA looked pretty cool as well.

I had no idea at the time that I was about to embark upon a career changing — if not life changing — voyage. Seriously. Two weeks at NITA equaled, for me and I suspect most of my classmates, at least five years of real world trial experience. Unfortunately, as most practitioners recognize, cases are not tried nearly as often today as they were fifty years ago. Increased pressures to settle matters quickly or engage in Alternative Dispute Resolution — such as mediation or arbitration — has created a professional atmosphere in which young attorneys wait years or even decades before ever getting a chance to see a case through to verdict. (The one notable exception is in the area of criminal law, where cases are tried on a somewhat more frequent basis.) (Watch an interview with The Honorable Jim R. Carrigan, one if NITA’s founders.)

I was fortunate to have tried a number of cases as a prosecutor before participating in NITA’s National Session. However, the skills and confidence I gained from NITA are unparalleled. I had an opportunity to test myself against some of the best up-and-coming attorneys in the country — and even the world! The faculty was comprised of seasoned practioners with practical, focused advice on how to become the very best trial lawyer possible, and the lecturers offered insight into cutting edge legal trends and technology emerging from all ends of the globe. (Read NITA’s Blog.) Continue reading