Who’s Who at Hinckley Allen: David A. WollinAugust 20, 2019
David is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer who regularly handles complex and novel commercial and tort disputes for publicly traded companies and private clients.
How did you get involved in or what led you to this area of law?
I was influenced by the historic role that lawyers, and particularly trial lawyers, have played in vindicating clients’ rights. My interest in litigation was greatly enhanced during my clerkships at the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the Maryland Court of Appeals. After those experiences, I joined a large litigation firm in Washington, D.C. Later on, I moved to Rhode Island after the birth of my first child to be closer to family and continued my practice with Hinckley Allen.
What is your favorite part about your work/practice area?
As a litigator, I am fortunate to work on a variety of complex and novel matters. Every case is different, bringing its own unique set of challenges. I particularly enjoy interacting with colleagues, clients, witnesses and experts. These interactions help me determine what the best approach will be and what strategies to pursue in each case, based on its unique issues and dynamics. And, of course, it is particularly gratifying when we can secure a favorable outcome for our clients.
What are the prominent trends in your industry right now?
During a time when law firms are managing costs and improving efficiency, the litigation process is resistant to that trend. With the continuing focus on electronic discovery, costs keep increasing exponentially. The ubiquity of technology in our society such as emails and social media has only increased the costs of litigation. We are particularly cognizant of this problem and try to minimize the costs for clients as much as possible. Legal Project Management, a process we use at Hinckley Allen, is particularly important in achieving this goal. We try to set budgets as early as possible and communicate with our clients when we confront unexpected challenges.
How do you spend your time outside of the firm? How does it make you a better attorney?
I like to read and write and, occasionally, exercise. Our house is filled with books. But ultimately, I enjoy spending time with my family.
One thing that your colleagues or clients might not know about you?
I am an avid collector of memorabilia from the United States Supreme Court. I’ve been collecting since law school and before the days of eBay. One of my favorite finds was an original photograph of the Supreme Court from the 19th century featuring Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learned about practicing law?
As a lawyer, you can disagree without being disagreeable. I try to apply that advice whenever I’m dealing with opposing counsel and/or their clients.
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