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Profile in Practice: Sophie Breall

As part of CEB’s commitment to bringing together California’s legal community, our blog will post a short interview with one of your fellow attorneys.

This week, we profile attorney Sophie Breall:

CEB: What is your practice area and how did you choose it?

Sophie: My practice area is workers’ compensation mostly, with some personal injury and employment law (DFEH discrimination) thrown in.  I started in this area many years ago because I wanted to make a difference with workers’ rights, but instead I ended up doing defense work for at least 18 years.  Recently, I have changed sides somewhat and am doing more plaintiff work.

CEB: What do you like best and least about practicing law?

Sophie: I love the way that the law is always changing and that every day is something different.  I dislike the stress and especially the stress of having your own business and making sure that everyone gets paid.

CEB: What is the best legal tip you ever received?

Sophie: Keep the decibels down.  In other words, always keep an even tone to the voice and the demeanor.

CEB: What CEB books or programs have you found to be most helpful in your practice?

Sophie: I love the CEB book on Workers Compensation and the Workers’ Damages book.  My staff and I rely heavily on those books and have relied on them for years.  They have everything we need in a concise two book volume.

CEB: How do you think the practice of law will change in the next 15 years?

Sophie: I am not sure how the practice will change except I know that everything and everyone is trying to go as paperless as possible. 

CEB: What is the most interesting book you have read (lately)?

Sophie: Tender at the Bone by Ruth Reichl.  This is a fabulous book and I can’t wait to try some of the recipes.

CEB: What is your contact information?

Sophie: 1550 Bryant St #575, San Francisco, CA  94103; (415) 345-0541;   www.breallaw.com

CEB: Thank you, Sophie!

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