Network Firm News

Friday, December 15, 2006


I am proud to have been recently elected to be 2007 Chair of The Network of Trial Law Firms ( whose 27 member firms and 5,000 attorneys operate from 105 offices in the U.S. and Canada. This is the second edition of our Firm News.

2007 will be a challenging year for lawyers and litigants, as we come to grips with the new federal rules of discovery, as focus increases on spoliation and computer forensic issues.

On behalf of our organization and my law firm, Nixon Peabody, I wish our readers and their families a happy and healthy holiday season and new year.

Joe Ortego
Nixon Peabody LLP

Personal Profile: Joe Ortego is a senior trial lawyer in the New York City office of Nixon Peabody, a multi-state law firm with more than 600 attorneys ( Joe has been a partner of the firm for 8 years.

This will be Joe’s third year teaching trial advocacy at the TIPS Trial Advocacy Program at The Judicial College at UNR (Reno).

Joe is a member of Nixon Peabody’s three-person Diversity Action Committee whose purpose is to increase diversity in the firm of gender, race and sexual preference.

Joe was recently a panelist on a 4-hour satellite TV program discussing eDiscovery and the changes that became effective Dec. 1.

Recent Trials: E.D.N.Y. (jury) pesticide exposure product liability trial; N.Y. Sup. Ct., Comm. Part, E&O vanishing premium case for a large life insurer and its brokers; N.Y. Sup. Ct. Comm. Part shareholder, whistleblower, retaliatory termination.

Family: Wife Shirley, is associate general counsel at Lancer Financial Group (Long Beach, NY); daughter Alexandra is a sophomore at Dartmouth (pre-med); daughter Juliana is a sophomore at Garden City High School.

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