The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC) published a collection of stories on coping, resilience, and hope throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Twenty-nine members of the FDCC, including Goldberg Segalla’s Caroline J. Berdzik, contributed a chapter about how their lives changed as a result of the pandemic.
In the collection, Goldberg Segalla partner and FDCC President Michael T. Glascott explained that this publication is dedicated to memorializing the experiences attorneys across the United States shared during a period that will be analyzed and explored for many years to come.
“In 2020, our members adapted to a new normal, and like the rest of the world, we found new ways to conduct our business in a professional matter, while staying connected to friends and family,” Mike writes. “As we emerge from the pandemic, our new normal will be defined by the lessons learned in 2020.”
Caroline, chair of the firm’s Employment and Labor, Health Care, and Long-Term Care groups, has been a member of the FDCC since 2016. In her chapter, she discusses how 2020 was a transformative year full of juxtapositions, continuous challenges, and unexpected twists and turns. She also talks about how she was nominated and unanimously elected to the firm’s Management Committee.
“Being asked to lead, especially during such a critical time for any company, was not something that I could turn down,” Caroline writes. “Even more importantly, I was the first woman in the firm’s history elected to its management committee, which meant the role went even beyond me, and had heightened meaning, especially for the women at the firm.”
“Living in a Pandemic: A Collection of Stories on Coping, Resilience and Hope,” Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, May 20, 2021
The FDCC is an international organization that was founded in 1936 and is limited to 1,200 of the top corporate and defense attorneys in the country. The Federation is a professional trade association of peer-reviewed, premier defense and corporate counsel and industry executives, dedicated to leading the profession by advance in the principles of civil justice, actionable knowledge and fostering the trust and value of fellowship.