Anne-Marie Brockland’s fascination with both medicine and law gives her a competitive edge when it comes to winning on behalf of her clients. She represents clients in personal injury and medical malpractice cases.
What are your proudest career accomplishments?
It is my job to get as much money as I can for my injured clients so that they can live as comfortably as possible with their injuries. But it’s hard for me to be proud of success because in my line of work, any career accomplishment I have comes off the back of another person’s personal tragedy. I can be proud of the impact I have had on my clients’ lives without trepidation. But I try not to allow myself to be too proud of large verdicts or settlements because I know that the greater the award, the greater the personal suffering of someone I have come to care about.
What inspired you to get involved in the public service or justice system?
After I completed my undergraduate degree I was at a crossroads. My professor, and my most inspiring mentor, asked me if I was interested in joining her in studying behavioral therapies for children with autism. I would have a free ride to get a master’s degree and potentially a research grant. While the thought of taking that route was inspiring and would satisfy the “bleeding heart” side of me, I knew that if the fiercely competitive side of me was not satisfied I ultimately would not be happy.
What is something that would surprise people about you?
I am the first woman in my family to graduate from college and the first person in my family to become a lawyer.
What has been your favorite part of your job?
I love the connections I make with my clients and colleagues. I love the intellectual adventure of learning the science and the medicine involved in my cases. I love the process of emotional understanding required to effectively convey another person’s injuries to a group of strangers. Most importantly, my job changed my life. The perspective my clients have gifted to me is incomparable and something I used to be too self-involved to recognize. All of a sudden that glass of spilled milk no longer seems to matter.