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An interview with Tom Buckel

By Paul Anbro

Family:

Wife, Mary; Children, Elizabeth, Anne and John.

How long have you lived in the area?

I am a life-long resident of the Syracuse area, raised in the Valley and in Camillus; residing on Roberts Ave in Syracuse from 1982 through 1992, and then on Hampshire Road in Syracuse from 1992 to the present.

What is your career?

I am a partner in the law firm of Hancock & Estabrook, LLP, concentrating in the trial of complex business cases.

How long have you been in your career?

Since graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1981.

What are your responsibilities within your career?

I represent individuals, businesses, hospitals and schools in the litigation of complex business cases. As part of my career, I teach other lawyers and students, I work with construction and commercial trade and business development groups, I create training programs, and I provide political and legislative advice to clients.

What are the highlights of your career?

Every case represents a chance to improve a life and our community. I've been honored to try and win some exciting, groundbreaking cases in very important areas, for example, forcing health insurance companies to pay for essential treatment for breast cancer patients, or recovering pension benefits that big corporations denied to their employees, or helping hospitals provide essential services for poor and uninsured patients. I have had the chance to travel all across the world in my cases and to represent interesting people. For example, I just finished two cases in New York and Florida representing companies owned by the TV evangelist and former Presidential candidate, Pat Robertson, which was interesting especially since we disagree on many political issues!

What are the challenges?

The biggest challenge is to maintain the balance between law as a profession and as a business. I am convinced that the most successful, and best lawyers, practice law as a profession that is committed to the common good, and I try to live up to that ideal.

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