Interview with Davida Perry
What made you want to become a lawyer?
I was inspired to become a lawyer by my father, Murray Schwartz. I grew up watching him zealously advocate for his clients, and I wanted to follow in his footsteps.
In your opinion, what sets your firm apart from the rest?
We are willing to go the extra mile for our clients and we are not afraid to bring a case to trial if the other side does not make a reasonable settlement offer.
Tell us about a case that you are particularly proud of:
I worked alongside my father in the landmark sexual harassment case of Thoreson v. Penthouse Magazine and Robert Guccione. In Thoreson, the finding of sexual harassment was sustained on appeal by both the Appellate Division and the Court of Appeals, which set a significant precedent that a claim of sexual harassment can be established based on the victim's testimony alone. I assisted in the briefing and argument of both appeals.
What steps do you take to prepare for a difficult case?
I take extra care in preparing our clients for all the steps in any case, making sure they are well prepared for whatever the other side will throw at them.
How do you view your role in the attorney-client relationship?
I try to provide emotional support during what is always a difficult time for the client.
Tell us about a turning point in your career:
When I was recognized at a ceremony for Courageous Plaintiffs conducted by the New York chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association.
How long have you been practicing law?