Caitlin A. McNaughton, Associate Attorney, Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP

Caitlin A. McNaughton, Associate Attorney, Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP

I am a litigator with a background in employment law and personal injury, and I am currently an associate at the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP.

My educational background is a dual degree, with a J.D. and LL.M. in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law, which enabled me to work with anti-trafficking and anti-forced labor organizations in Washington D.C. as well as organizations working to strengthen the rule of law in Tanzania.

I channel that knowledge into my practice, as I have always believed firmly that people need zealous advocates when they are up against large institutions such as their employers or insurance companies.

Our society is not structured to help out the little guy which is a deep unfairness that has always bothered me on a personal level. I grew up on Long Island, attending a high-achieving public school, attending college and graduate school, while being raised by two loving parents who expected success and assisted me in achieving it.

All of that privilege is like being born on third base and priding yourself on scoring a run. What I have always known, is that to whom much is given, much is expected.

I am successful because I frame my career around using my privilege and education to help others navigate institutions that are deliberately complex and stacked against them. I am motivated by a deep belief that our systems and institutions are not equitable or fair to most people, and I feel that it is my responsibility to use every tool at my disposal to help folks navigate the legal system and vindicate their rights.

Over the course of my career I have obtained, either through settlement or verdict, over thirteen million dollars for my clients. However, success should not be measured monetarily or even measured by victories at trial, but rather measured by the quality of assistance provided to those who seek help.

In law school, a mantra often repeated is that the law is supposed to be dispassionate, unequivocal and evenly applied.

As anyone who works within this system or indeed lives in this country knows, that is all too often the lofty goal and not what actually happens in practice. Good attorneys who take their work seriously, who believe in their calling, who genuinely want to obtain the best result for their clients are the only way to ensure that the system works as it should.

I believe that while the law may be dispassionate, I do not have to be. I can and do channel my passion for supporting the underdog into my work with clients while balancing that advocacy with my affection and respect for the rule of law and our court system. If there is a Goliath, I am happy to be filling my sling with stones. I believe that passion makes me successful.

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