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One thing you need to know about Leslie Gold McPadden – when she was six years old, she scraped up enough cash to treat her entire street to ice cream. It’s one of her most enduring, happiest childhood memories.
It has carried over to her law career, “sometimes it feels like I get to take people out for ice cream every day . . .” Sometimes, that’s exactly what she does. Mention this to her and see what happens. Really.
After Leslie graduated from Albany Law School of Union University, she began her legal career on the defense side of personal injury cases. She learned a lot of law; she learned a lot about strategy and case management and evidence and picking a jury . . . but all along it seemed something was missing.
Early on, she recognized what plaintiffs were going through. They had been injured – some seriously – or were sitting at the table across from her because a loved one had died, and they were going through hell. Sometimes years after the original event, one they were being forced to relive in the courtroom.
When she joined Carmody & Torrance LLP in Waterbury about four years into her career, she continued representing defendants but slowly began to participate in plaintiff actions. She learned ‘the ropes’ of personal injury law from the plaintiff’s perspective while still performing defense work. That led to a unique perspective on personal injury law that Leslie has never lost.
Eventually Leslie moved completely to the plaintiff’s side. It was everything she thought it would be: challenging and rewarding.
Here’s how she describes the difference: “to successfully bring a personal injury action you have to build a house of cards; to defend a personal injury suit you only have to remove one card.”
She prefers to build. Most of all, though, she found an avocation that not only utilizes her passions but demands them.
In short, she quickly, efficiently, passionately became an advocate. Exactly the reason she went to law school.
Leslie went out on her own in 2008, at first as Leslie Gold McPadden, Attorney at Law; then as LGM Injury Law; now with her new partner Matthew Forrest and Forrest McPadden.
Leslie can finally merge her passion for advocating and, if necessary, litigating for her clients with the entrepreneurial spirit she’s been imbued with since that ice cream buying spree when she was six.
Now, she’s free to utilize the skills she was taught while she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in communications and public relations at the prestigious Boston University College of Communication.
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One thing you need to know about Leslie Gold McPadden – when she was six years old, she scraped up enough cash to treat her entire street to ice cream. It’s one of her most enduring, happiest childhood memories. It has carried over to her law career, “sometimes it feels like I get to take… View Article
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