As a 2023 “Litigation Department of the Year” finalist for general litigation, Riker Danzig was featured in the New Jersey Law Journal’s August 31, 2023 article “Michael R. O’Donnell of Riker Danzig on 'Working as a Team.’” The Q&A with Co-Managing Partner Mike O’Donnell noted several of the Firm’s significant successes in 2022, including work for Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance USA, Johnson & Johnson, and Harleysville Insurance, where our litigators leveraged their creativity to attain our clients' objectives in both trial and appellate courts.
Mike touched on the Firm’s pre-pandemic technology upgrades, which helped our team provide seamless service to our clients during the pandemic, and our continuing commitment to client service. “We have found that many aspects of litigation can be done equally well remotely, providing time efficiency and cost savings for our clients. However, we evaluate what is best for each client’s case; many times we will advocate for live depositions so that we have the benefit of face-to-face human interaction. In addition, we highly value the importance of mentoring, working as a team, and relationship-building, and so we have adapted our approach in these areas to leverage technology effectively, while also prioritizing live interaction, for which there is no substitute.”
Mike also addressed the importance of “community” at Riker Danzig. “Public service and involvement in the community have always been central to our culture,” Mike noted. He said that “having our attorneys work together on charitable and pro bono work fosters collegiality and teamwork, which helps build the positive culture we enjoy.” He also noted how we made pro bono work and charitable giving a part of our 140th Anniversary celebration in 2022. “We selected four charities in which a Riker Danzig attorney served on the board (Zufall Health Center, Grow It Green, Partners (for Women and Justice), and Cornerstone Family Programs/Neighborhood House) and identified initiatives we could support together as a Firm, including contributions earmarked for special projects, pro bono work, and an employee volunteer day.”
Please go to NJLJ for the full Q&A.
Michael R. O'Donnell