By: Brian J. Meli
It often takes a tragedy to upset the status quo. In this way, tragedy can plant the seeds of progress. So not surprisingly, in the aftermath of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy and the subsequent dawning of the “era of the superstorm,” there’s been a lot of rethinking assumptions and reevaluating priorities.
As lawyers, expecting the unexpected is what we do for a living. We take a lot of pride in preparing our clients for the worst-case-scenario; insisting on the force majeure clause, advising adequate levels of insurance etc. But while we’re forever impressing upon clients to expect the unexpected, how good are we at taking our own advice? When Mother Nature sets her sights on us, are we ready? If you’re a lawyer practicing in the greater New York area, this isn’t a hypothetical question. Continue reading