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Profile in Practice: James J. Brosnahan

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 and CEB contributor James J. Brosnahan:

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

Jim: I am a trial lawyer who tries civil and criminal cases. I enjoy the competitive and intellectual aspects of such a practice and that is why I started it 51 years ago.

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

Jim: I like best the meeting and working with many different kinds of people and the fueling of intellectual curiosity that it brings.  I like least meeting some of these people.

CEB: Why do you choose to speak for CEB programs (including In The Courtroom: Learn from the Masters About What Really Matters at Trial)?

Jim: I do the programs because I learn from the other panelists, the materials, and my own preparation. There are always new developments.

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

Jim: In times of great stress and pressure, talk more slowly and quietly.  If you are doing the right thing, do it and don’t be afraid.

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

Jim: I think specialization will both increase and decrease.  It will increase because of the growing complexity of legal subjects and the seeming need of lawyers to gain security by specialization. It will decrease because it is dangerous in certain areas to specialize, if it includes the exclusion of necessary neighboring disciplines.

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

Jim: William James on American Pragmatism.

CEB: What is your contact information?

Jim: Morrison & Foerster LLP, 425 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105;

CEB: Thank you, Jim!

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