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As the newest addition to Ziff Law’s personal injury and malpractice litigation team, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the firm’s blogosphere community. Without going into too many details about my so-called “pedigree” and educational background – information about which can be found on Ziff Law’s website at www.zifflaw.com or a recent Star Gazette article at http://www.stargazettenews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080322/BUSINESS/803220302 I want to provide you, the interested personal injury blog connoisseur, with some interesting (though not directly relevant to my practice) facts about me.

I was born and raised in the Twin Tiers and come from a long line of folks – going all the way back to my great-great grandparents – who were also born and raised here. I returned to Elmira after graduating from law school because I truly care about this area and want do my part to help it prosper and grow. One reason I was so attracted to Ziff Law and ultimately decided to come on board is its motto – “Local Lawyers, Big City Results.” The lawyers at Ziff have as many skills and much intellect as any attorneys you may find in a big city, yet they – like me – are sincerely committed to helping the people who live and work right here in our community.

Christina with BookI have a somewhat diverse legal background, having spent the first several years of my career bouncing between the District Attorney’s Office and the Davidson & O’Mara law firm where I primarily practiced civil defense. I am in the process of learning to evaluate cases from the “right” (i.e. plaintiff’s) side. It is a lot of fun and truthfully feels much more compatible with my personal legal philosophies than that “other” (i.e. defense) side. I really enjoyed prosecution, both because it felt good to be the voice of the People and because it gave me an opportunity to frequently partake in one of my very favorite activities – trying cases. To me trials are the pinnacle of the practice of law, a chance to duke it out and compete and make sure you present the very best case you can to the jury. I am eager to get back into the ring at Ziff in order to make sure my clients receive the best representation and fullest compensation possible.

 

I have a lot of interests outside of the courtroom – running, hiking, camping, snowboarding, rock climbing, traveling, etc. In general I am just happy to do anything as long as involves the outdoors and at least a moderate amount of physical exertion. I am getting married in a few months, and the biggest and most painstaking decision my fiancé and I are facing is where to take our honeymoon hike. Not a terrible dilemma, I must admit.

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Look for my posts in the upcoming weeks on everything from accidents to injuries and insurance to malpractice. I have a lot to learn, and I fully intend to involve you – the enthusiastic reader – in this exciting process. Please feel free to respond to this blog or e-mail me directly at cbruner@zifflaw.com if you have any suggestions, ideas, constructive (or otherwise) criticism, and proposals, or if you simply want to drop me a line. In the meantime I will get back to my work with a promise to blog again in the near future.