Name: Nigel W. Long
Law School: Western New England University, School of Law
Employment: Lynch & Lynch; Trial Attorney in Complex Tort Litigation
What you love most about your job: I meet a wide variety of people from all walks of life and from all over the world. I also love that I have an opportunity to learn. As Attorneys, we have to become pseudo-experts in the particular fields of our clients. While we will hire experts, we need to understand the subject matter ourselves. To that end, I have learned so much information from my clients, experts and others that have helped me at trial. When I was in college, one of my professors used to say, “You should understand the subject matter so well that you can explain it to a child and the child understand it.” While I would never look at jurors as children, or in any demeaning manner, my former professor was absolutely right. As trial Attorneys, we need to convey our points and conduct examinations from an informed point of view. We need to explain a complicated concept in a way that can be grasped, understood while allowing the jurors to focus on the evidence. I find that I am exposed to a wide variety of FASCINATING issues (e.g., Conspicuity, Blasting, Combustion, Fuel Storage and Transportation, Medicine, Medical Procedures/Surgery, etc.)…well, they’re interesting to me.
Other professional/charitable activities: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; National Association of Guardsmen, Inc.; Board of Directors, DEAF, Inc.; MBLA; MBA; BBA; Co-Chair of the BBA Litigation Section Mass. Practice & Procedure Committee; Former President of Board of Directors for Child & Family Services of Pioneer Valley.
Why you joined the MBLA: The concentration of talent that exists in the MBLA is bar none. I do not believe there is a better place to interact with your peers in environments where you can learn and laugh simultaneously. In my experience, the MBLA’s membership is filled with Attorneys who are successful AND who remember the importance of mentoring younger attorneys who are coming up through the ranks.
Person you would most like to meet: (Alive) Muhammad Ali…’nuff said
(Deceased) Oscar Peterson…There are/have been some great jazz musicians but there’s only one Oscar.