Discovery with Ramit Mizrahi
The meticulously prepared Ramit Mizrahi once confronted her own identity thief in court
Published in 2017 Southern California Rising Stars magazine
By Ramit Mizrahi on June 5, 2017
I can’t go a day without … black tea with milk and sugar, a habit I picked up during my year in London.
If you were in my office, you’d … notice the art on the walls, including an original Dali etching (an incredible gift from two of my favorite clients), a couple of my own paintings (I dabbled in college), and a framed flyer for an episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood titled “When Parents Go to Work” (a birthday gift from my husband).
The quality I most like in a lawyer is … collegiality. The best lawyers are consummate professionals who win on the merits.
My pre-trial routine is … meticulous preparation. A mentor once told me that we can’t control what the judge, the jury, the witnesses or opposing counsel will do; all we can control is how hard we work.
My career high point (so far) has been … getting a seven-figure arbitration award for two very deserving clients in an employment case I handled from intake to conclusion.
If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be … a research psychologist. In college, I was fascinated by the experiments of Stanley Milgram (obedience to authority), Philip Zimbardo (Stanford prison experiment) and Solomon Asch (conformity).
The SCOTUS justice I’d most like to meet is … Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
My courtroom walk-up music would be … “Rip It Up (And Start Again)” by Orange Juice.
A different practice area that intrigues me is … criminal law—more trials, less discovery.
My hero is … Fred Rogers, who exuded pure goodness. Also, all of the Righteous Among the Nations, who selflessly risked their lives during the Holocaust to save Jews from extermination.
On weekends I … can be found at the Huntington Library and Gardens, the Los Angeles Zoo, and the California Science Center—my 4-year-old’s favorite places.
My most bizarre talent is … I am a gifted Nutella-maker.
The talent I wish I had is … a photographic memory. Or even a really solid one. Sometimes I joke that I am all processor and no hard drive.
The three people I’d invite to dinner are … Oscar Wilde, American WWII spy Virginia Hall and the Dalai Lama.
I wish I had invented … Amazon.com.
The last TV show I binge-watched was … Game of Thrones. I resisted watching for ages.
Nothing cheers me up like … the smiling selfie of the crested black macaque from 2011 (orchestrated by nature photographer David Slater).
The most annoying thing about my job is … discovery disputes.
The craziest thing I witnessed in a courtroom is … a man who stole my identity and very briefly practiced law under my name and bar number. I caught him in the act—tipped off by his opposing counsel. When I announced myself, his jaw almost hit the floor.
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