Attorney Michael Rosenzweig, one of our partners, has been with our firm for over 25 years and is our Litigation Manager. He has an AV® Preeminent™ Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating based on legal ability and general ethical standards. In addition to numerous other accolades, he is a Board-Certified Civil Trial Advocate and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. To learn more about Attorney Rosenzweig, you can visit his online bio.
Below he explains why his passion for his clients means there's no typical workday for him:
I usually don't stay in the office during a typical work day – in fact, people are often surprised at the lengths I'll go to while pursuing my clients' interests.
Recently, I met a client at a nursing home who is undergoing rehabilitation from surgery. I helped him iron out arrangements to make sure his medical bills were paid. The bills were approaching $500,000, causing him a great deal of anxiety on top of his existing physical pain and stress. I resolved the matter, and my client was able to focus on his physical recovery.
That same day, I visited clients who lost their daughter to a drunk driver. Before arriving at their home, I stopped at the scene of their daughter's accident, walked around, and got a feel for how the crash happened. I then met with the family and updated them on the status of their daughter's case.
This isn't a 9-5 job. On evenings and weekends I drive to accident scenes to photograph, measure, and observe the lighting conditions that our clients encountered at the time of their accident.
I have represented people involved in motorcycle or bicycle accidents and felt that I could more effectively represent them if I became part of their communities. I took a motorcycle safety course, and I am a licensed motorcycle operator. I am also an avid bicyclist, and frequently go out on either my road bike or my hybrid bike.
I really try to "walk a mile in my client's shoes" in every single case that I take on. When one of my cases involved a conveyor belt, I went out and walked on, climbed on, and inspected many different industrial conveyor systems. On a farm machinery case, I learned how to operate and inspect that type of farm machinery. In a recent tractor trailer accident case, I rented and learned how to operate a tractor trailer. In my multiple elevator cases, I've had to learn the mechanical workings of an elevator. On numerous occasions I have rented laboratory space for testing and analysis of various industrial components involved in my clients' accidents.
Furthermore, I believe it's important to be active in the Pittsburgh law community. As an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, I get to meet and influence soon-to-be lawyers, all of whom share my interest in civil justice and helping people. Oftentimes, seeing someone who is passionate about a cause can spark one's own interest, and I hope my passion for injured people's rights influences my law students.
The work I do while inside my office is extremely meaningful to me, but the work that happens outside of the office, when I physically interact with my clients, their environments, and my own law community, is what truly defines me as a lawyer. It enables me to provide the very best legal service available.