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LESSONS LEARNED – THE FOURTH ANNIVERSARY OF TREBLAW, LLC

LESSONS LEARNED – THE FOURTH ANNIVERSARY OF TREBLAW, LLC

Disruption has occurred from the beginning of time and moves in fast and furious ways today. With each disruption opportunities are presented. With each disruption, certain components of life and business, as we used to know it, die. Treblaw, LLC was born out of and...

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WHY GREAT LAWYERS MUST BECOME GREAT MEDIATORS

WHY GREAT LAWYERS MUST BECOME GREAT MEDIATORS

“A good lawyer makes a living, a great lawyer makes a difference.” Preet Bharara – September 26, 2017.With our society mired in fractionalized discord. When people can no longer talk with each other. When positions replace interests. When no matter what happened, my...

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Transformation Based Upon Inclusion

Transformation Based Upon Inclusion

Image description: Chris Trebatoski and Haben Girma dancing at the House of Blues in New Orleans. Chris and Haben are in the process of completing a dance move known as a wrap turn. Their fingertips are touching to guide the turn. Both are smiling and enjoying the...

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In 2017, don’t get stuck in roundabouts

In 2017, don’t get stuck in roundabouts

I was driving through Carmel, Indiana on Thanksgiving day the first time I saw this street sign – driving to a Thanksgiving dinner. I thought to myself, “How the heck do I navigate these roundabouts?” The sign made absolutely no sense – my destination was straight...

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FINDING RAINBOWS AMID CHAOS

FINDING RAINBOWS AMID CHAOS

The Rainbow Bridge spanning the Niagra River from the American Falls to the Canadian Falls – a place, where when the sun is out, you can see rainbows formed in the mist created by the chaos of waters colliding in Niagra Falls.I view my job, whether functioning as a...

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HONORING TOMMY REVISITED – FOR THOSE WHO VOTED, THANK YOU

HONORING TOMMY REVISITED – FOR THOSE WHO VOTED, THANK YOU

More than 126 million people cast votes in the Presidential election. Each and every one of you honored those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect our right to vote and choose our leaders. Just as I told you in my pre-election post, I was there to observe and...

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MY LAWYER NEVER LOST A CASE!!! REALLY?

MY LAWYER NEVER LOST A CASE!!! REALLY?

We settled a contentious case two weeks into a three-week trial. Ever see that on TV? I didn’t think so that would make for boring TV. In my case, after the settlement, the opposing client whispered to me, “My lawyer never lost a case, that’s why I use him.” Really? I...

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PREPARE TO PARK AND WALK TO YOUR DESTINATION … ?

PREPARE TO PARK AND WALK TO YOUR DESTINATION … ?

We were headed home from a vacation. We had to drive from Toronto to Buffalo to catch our plane. The car was packed. Before we started, Inna said, “Make sure to set the GPS on your phone.” So I did. I chose a widget on the smartphone that I thought was the GPS...

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TO HONOR TOMMY – VOTE, BECAUSE HE SACRIFICED ALL …

TO HONOR TOMMY – VOTE, BECAUSE HE SACRIFICED ALL …

Illinois Avenue in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. No houses there anymore. It’s the road next to the St. Michael’s Hospital’s parking lot. Not so when I was a kid. It was a road where every person on the block was my relative. Yes, there were Trebatoski’s in every single...

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NEVER STOP – BE REAL – AMAZING THINGS HAPPEN …

NEVER STOP – BE REAL – AMAZING THINGS HAPPEN …

I cannot even count the number of times I have told clients going into a trial, “Never stop – Be real – Amazing things happen.” Every single one was skeptical. Something the client perceives as “bad” happens in front of the jury and they want to quit. Maybe testimony...

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MEDALS AND BRUISES: CANADA SALSA & BACHATA CONGRESS

MEDALS AND BRUISES: CANADA SALSA & BACHATA CONGRESS

You dance. Really? Latin dance? Salsa, Cha Cha, and what in the world is Bachata. The answer is yes, I dance. So does Inna. We are both in final preparation to compete in the Canadian championship in Toronto the second weekend in October. We dance with passion. We...

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EFFECTIVE MEDIATION IS NOT SIMPLY NUMBER SHUTTLING AND EVALUATION

EFFECTIVE MEDIATION IS NOT SIMPLY NUMBER SHUTTLING AND EVALUATION

Many clients become frustrated in mediation. Sometimes that is because the case is not ready for mediation. Sometimes that is because their lawyer has not provided a solid foundation for understanding the process. Sometimes the frustration arises out of two mediation...

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POWER OF ATTORNEY? BE AWARE OF POTENTIAL CRIMINAL LIABILITY

POWER OF ATTORNEY? BE AWARE OF POTENTIAL CRIMINAL LIABILITY

We represented a son who had been convicted of felony theft from his mother under a power of attorney that she granted to him. He was the one of six siblings chosen by his mother to hold her power of attorney in 1996. In 2010, the statutes governing the duties and...

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PLEASE DON’T CALL ME A LITIGATOR

PLEASE DON’T CALL ME A LITIGATOR

Law firms call one of their practice groups “litigation.” The result has been the title “litigator.” The term “litigator”, according to the Cambridge Online Dictionary means “a lawyer who specializes in taking legal action against people and organizations.” In the...

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