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Profile in Practice: Leslie A. Baxter

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 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;;

CEB: Thank you, Leslie!

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