16 Defense Comment Summer 2019 Michael J. Brady – continued from page 15 got me a membership in the ADC within 3 years after I became an associate. At that time, a lot of the defense firms made members of all of their young associates because they wanted them to be exposed to clients and participate in the programs. Firms don’t get all of their associates involved in the ADC like they used to, which is sad. One of the great things the ADC has done is to offer educational and seminar programs to young associates. ADC programs provide great training on expert depositions, cross-examination and litigation, to name a few areas. I hope law firms will once again see the benefits of getting their young associates involved in the ADC. What do you like about the ADC? The MCLE programs. When I was President, we didn’t have nearly as many MCLE programs as you have today. This has really developed over the years. The programming at the Annual Meeting is much more extensive than it used to be. The three tracks of programs going on at the same time helps to attract more people to go to the meetings. They can fulfill their MCLE obligations in one stop and have a good time as well. What are some of your fondest memories? Some of the best times I had were our get-togethers in June each year with the AssociationofSouthernCaliforniaDefense Counsel and going to Hawaii. There would be a speaker, perhaps an appellate judge. We even had Malcolm Lucas, a California Supreme Court Chief Justice, come and speak one year. Judges want to have contact with the attorneys outside of court; it’s good for the lawyers and judges. We attended legal education courses during the day and surfed in the afternoon. The greatest thing about the organization is the comraderie. I have developed great friendships through the ADC and I really have some great memories. Here’s a funny anecdote: About 12 years ago I showed up at the Annual Meeting to register because I was a speaker on recent cases. Jennifer [Blevins] gave me my name tag, “Michael J. Brady of Sacramento.” I said, “This is a mistake, I’m in Redwood City.” I came to learn that there was another speaker, another Michael J. Brady, from Sacramento, who was a former criminal defense attorney, was scheduled to speak on alcoholism and recovering from addiction. I was there to speak on the recent case law, so I introduced myself as “the speaker for the legal appellate session and not for the substance abuse so if you’re here to learn about drugs you’re in the wrong place.” And I still receive handwritten letters from San Quentin inmates seeking representation in their criminal matters. What is the most important piece of advice you were given as a lawyer? Be prepared. Always be over prepared for everything – when arguing a motion, taking a deposition, your trial, whatever it is. What is the best piece of advice you would offer to lawyers? I would give the same advice.... Erin S. McGahey Erin McGahey is a partner at Sinunu Bruni LLP in San Franci s c o whe re she specializes in toxic tort litigation with an emphasis in asbestos litigation and products liability. She obtained her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York in 1998, and is admitted in both New York and California. She is a former memberoftheADCNCNBoardofDirectors where she served as a chairperson on the Toxic Tort Sub-Law Section 2010-2016.