Name: Natalie Plummer
Title: Insurance Defense Senior Litigator
Company: Bennett, Bricklin & Saltzburg LLC
Q: What is your job title?
A: I am an insurance defense senior litigator.
Q: Can you briefly describe what you do?
A: My job consists of defending insured defendants in personal injury actions. When a plaintiff files a claim for personal injuries against a defendant, through the defendant’s insurance, I am the attorney assigned to represent them. I handle the case through the initial pleadings, discovery, motion practice and eventual trial, if the case does not settle before then.
Q: What made you decide to go into this field/line of work?
A: I started my legal career at the Bronx District Attorney’s office as a prosecutor in the domestic violence, child and sex abuse unit. While there I developed my trial skill and determined that civil litigation was the next step in my progression as a lawyer. In my current role, the investigative and trial skills I learned as a prosecutor are transferred to investigating questionable personal injury cases. My job allows me to examine the facts, evaluate the merits of the personal injury claim, and, if there is no settlement, defend my client at trial.
Q: Please tell us one thing you like best about your job/career field. What’s one thing you like least?
A: The thing I like best about my career is the opportunity to meet and help wonderful clients, whom are often confused and overwhelmed by the legal process. I am also privileged to work at a great firm, with attorneys that are highly intelligent, but also highly approachable and willing to help. In addition, I also enjoy going to trial and trying cases against highly skilled opposing counsel, which allows me to learn and become better in my trial skills. The part of my position I like the least is billable hours. As an attorney, it is necessary to clearly outline everything we do. However, the prosecutor in me just wants to work on a case until I am satisfied, without worrying about keeping track of time.
Q: What’s one piece of advice you would give a young professional looking to transition into your line of work?
A: Do not be afraid to ask questions. “You don’t know what you don’t know.” Meaning, there is no way you are going to know everything. All you can do is be patient with yourself, try your hardest and not beat yourself up too much when you mess up, because it will happen.
Q: How has YPN helped you in your career thus far?
A: YPN has been an amazing outlet for me to push out of my shell, and network and meet other young professionals. We encourage each other and gain insight into different perspectives and jobs.
Q: What has been your favorite YPN event? Why? What did you find valuable?
A: My favorite YPN event thus far has been the Speed Networking event. It was a fun way to meet a group of new people in a relaxed format. The number of connections and people I met were invaluable. I would love it if there could be an event for young female professionals with a speaker like Sheryl Sandberg, author of “Lean In.”
Q: What are some of your hobbies/what do you do to wind-down after work?
A: My hobbies include reading, working out and playing with my three year old and husband.