This week, we profile Leslie Baxter:
CEB: What is your practice area and how did you choose it?
Leslie: I practice real estate and business law. Before law school, I worked in the urban redevelopment field, so real estate and business law was a natural fit.
CEB: What do you like best and least about practicing law?
Leslie: This will sound corny, but I like the fact that we lawyers are the boots on the ground when it comes to enforcing the democratic rule of law. We make justice happen. I don’t like attorneys who confuse advocacy with aggression; whether your legal case is good, bad or ugly, there is no need for incivility.
CEB: What is the best legal tip you ever received?
Leslie: Never litigate out of fear, but never fear to litigate.
CEB: What CEB book have you found most helpful in your practice and why?
Leslie: Lately, the Mortgages, Deeds of Trust and Foreclosure Litigation treatise is constantly on my desk. When the economy normalizes and the volume of real estate deals and disputes increase again, I will once again rely on my old favorite, Real Property Remedies and Damages.
CEB: Why do you choose to write for CEB?
Leslie: The law is constantly evolving and writing for CEB tends to keep me on the crest of the wave. Also, I really enjoy writing and working with CEB’s staff.
CEB: How do you think the practice of law will change in the next 15 years?
Leslie: Electronics is already changing the way we practice law, with e-filing, e-discovery, and the instant availability of legal information online. I hope the courts will catch up to what most attorneys already know, and universally implement paperless filing.
CEB: What is the most interesting book you have read recently?
Leslie: The Post-American World by economist Fareed Zakaria.
CEB: What is your contact information?
Leslie: Randick O’Dea & Tooliatos, LLP, 5000 Hopyard Road, Suite 400, Pleasanton, CA 94588; www.Randicklaw.com; http://www.linkedin.com/profile/edit?id=28625707&trk=hb_tab_pro_top.
CEB: Thank you, Leslie!
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