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hard. But they worked really hard to give
me these opportunities.
Professionally, my partners here at
Campbell & Levine all inspire me. I’m
the youngest member of the firm, and
there are six of us. I do my very best to
draw on each one of them because I
look up to them and see that they have
incredible strength. I just try to pull from
that. So they inspire me. Really, there are
a lot of my colleagues at other firms that
I look to and really try to draw upon, too.
Q That’s what’s interesting about the bankruptcy bar. It’s a small enough
group that you all get to know each other
and learn from each other, too.
You aren’t kidding,
especially in Pittsburgh. Everybody
These are insolvent companies. You
really have think outside the box in
almost all of these instances and come
up with new, creative solutions. You
really have to think and work hard to
come up with those solutions in what are
often very difficult cases. So, work hard
and be prepared for some stress in life
because restructuring cases will provide
a great deal of stress.
Q There’s usually a lot at stake.
That’s right. When you
take the cases, you essentially put
yourself into those cases and you take
them personally. You want them to
succeed. You, along with the people you
work with, have the same stress that
those folks are feeling.
In that earlier case I talked about, I was
stressed about those people who had
worked their tails off and were going
to lose their jobs. This was at a time
in 2008 when jobs weren’t easy to
come by. Not that they are now, but
the economy then was pretty bad. To
save that many jobs was a great deal
of relief, but the time leading up to
resolving the issues was quite stressful.
Q What role has your TMA membership play in your career?
You joined TMA in 2010, correct?
Right. I was around TMA
You meet with these people. You learn
a little bit about different industries.
You learn from a banker’s perspective
what they’re seeing. You learn from
a financial consultant’s perspective
what they’re seeing. Ultimately you
get to sit down and have a drink with
them and talk about different personal
things along with the work life. Socially
it’s been a great asset of my career.
Q Does knowing these people outside seem to make things easier
when you are in the courtroom or the