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On this page we share interviews by Board Member and
Labor & Employment Law Committee Co-chair Tejash V. Sanchala, Esq. 
with WCBA members about their experiences and insights.
The articles were originally published in the Member Spotlight column in
the WCBA's Westchester Lawyer magazine, We hope you are inspired by
their stories!

Tejash welcomes your comments and suggestions for future columns.
He can be reached here.

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Bruce L. Bozeman, Esq.

Principal Attorney,
The Bozeman Law Firm, PLLC.


Number of Years as a Member of the WCBA and position held: 49 years. Many years ago I served on the Membership and Grievance Committees.

Current job and practice area: I am the Principal of The Bozeman Law Firm, PLLC. My law firm is based in Mount Vernon and I have provided services to the local community for over 30 years. The firm handles church and not-for-profit clients (e.g., Empire Baptist Missionary Convention and First Jurisdiction of the Church of God), real estate, probate and estate administration and wills, trusts and elder law matters.

How my practice has changed over time: I formed my own law firm 18 years after I was admitted to the bar. The practice changes as you age. When I started my own office in 1983 I primarily handled real estate and estate planning matters. I used to keep stuffed animals and toys in our conference room for the young children of our clients. As I aged, the practice aged and the need for having stuff available to young people waned over the years. However, now over the past ten years I have restocked our stuffed animal inventory for the grandchildren of our clients. You have to be able to adapt to your clients’ changing needs.

My legal mentors were: There were no lawyers in my family and what mentorship I received was all received when I worked as Assistant General Counsel in-house at the General Foods Corporation and Norton Simon for a combined 17 years.  I practiced in the fields of anti-trust and trade regulation, and food and drug law.

If I were not practicing law, I would be: engaged in some form of commercial or business enterprise. I like to think I could sell ice to an eskimo. Lawyers are salespeople.

People may be surprised to learn: I’ll give you three answers. I am married with four children and have five grandchildren all of whom eschew the practice of law. Second, I was an adjunct professor of law at Pace Law School and CUNY Law School many years ago. I taught anti-trust law, corporate law and legislative history.  Third, I was a trustee of Montefiore Medical Center for 19 years.

The best thing I did to improve my skill set as an attorney: Limit my direct involvement to no more than three practice areas and to take every CLE course possible in those practice areas.

What I splurge on: I used to splurge on cars. I come from a long line of car fanatics. My father would always buy some old jalopy and try to fix it up for the family. During his 72 years, I don’t recall him purchasing more than one new car the whole time. I am not like that and I try to have as nice a car as possible at all times. The recession didn’t help this at all. So now I splurge on car magazines.

The best hour of my day is: Between 8 and 9 am or 8 and 9 pm, both quiet periods which allow for time to think about and anticipate and plan for the day and to review and assess how the day went.

Favorite movies: I love sci-fi movies and go to everyone I can.

Favorite meal: Hamburgers. I am a fan of the burgers at Wendy’s.

Favorite vacation: Honolulu, my 50th wedding anniversary.

Three things I can’t live without: Family, friends and money.

One of my favorite things to do in Westchester: I love walking up at the Kensico dam, both in the early morning and in the evening.

Best advice I ever got: Thirty years ago, Lois Bronz, the well-regarded County Legislator, told me “You cannot be everything to everybody.” I’ve always remembered that.

My advice to new lawyers: Identify what it is you want to be good at and then become extremely good at it.

Last time I was out of my comfort zone: Every time I appear in court.

One of my future ambitions is to: Continue to live and practice law.

Best thing I ever did to improve my business: Hire bright and capable people and take special interest in their training and development.  We also provide seminars to local churches and provide follow-up materials.




 


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