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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