Ajamie partner Dona Szak discusses her work in commercial litigation and how her practice has changed since the beginning of her career.
Name: Dona Szak
Firm: Ajamie LLP
Practice Areas: Commercial Litigation
Law School: J.D., Washington & Lee University, 1984; cum laude
L.L.M., University of Houston, 2005 (Taxation)
Undergraduate: B.A., University of Illinois, 1980, Economics
University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1980
Lawdragon: Let’s start out with a general overview of your practice. How do you describe to recruits or family what it is you do?
Dona Szak: I resolve legal issues and controversies so that my clients can get on with their business.
LD: What do you like about your practice? What is professionally satisfying?
DS: I am most professionally satisfied when achieving a good result for a client. The most interesting thing about my practice is learning about clients’ industries and business practices.
LD: What are some of the challenges you face in your current practice?
DS: One of the challenges involves presenting a plaintiff’s case in the era of tort reform.
LD: How has your practice changed since the early part of your career?
DS: Computers have changed the way law is practiced over the past 20 or so years. Computerized legal research makes it much easier to find applicable law. In litigation, e-discovery has made the discovery process more complicated and expensive.
LD: There are many high-quality firms out there. How is yours unique?
DS: Our firm’s nimble size is one of its strengths. We are able to staff cases with strong, productive lawyers. We collaborate to find the best way to approach a case or project so that the needs of the client come first.