Nobody Puts Davida in a Corner
Discovery with Davida Perry
Published in 2022 New York Metro Super Lawyers magazine
By Davida S. Perry on September 27, 2022
I can’t go a day without … peanut butter.
If you were in my office, you’d … see a beautifully furnished space with views of the Empire State Building.
My colleagues would be surprised to know that … I really wanted to be a Broadway producer.
The lawyer I most admire is … my father, Murray Schwartz, who started my firm in 1949, and was my mentor throughout my career.
The quality I most like in a lawyer is … being a zealous advocate but not a bully.
My career high point (so far) has been … winning a $6.6 million dollar verdict in McIntyre v. Manhattan Ford, a 1996 sexual harassment case, that was brought under the new New York City Human Rights Law.
The SCOTUS justice I’d most like to meet is … RBG.
The SCOTUS decision I’d most like to overturn is … Dobbs, obviously.
My courtroom walkup music would be … any Broadway showtune.
My real-life heroes are … my two children.
On weekends I … spend time with my 96-year-old mother.
My favorite meal is … eggplant parmesan with a side of pasta and a nice glass of red wine.
On my best day I … am in Paris, in the vicinity of the Eiffel Tower.
On my worst day I … get stuck in an elevator.
If I had a time machine, I would … go back to the day Roe v. Wade was the law of the land.
My motto is … Do one thing every day that scares you.
The movie line I quote most often is … “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.”
The three people I’d invite to dinner are … Mandy Patinkin, Kathryn Grody and Viola Davis.
If I had a morning show, my co-host would be … Sarah Jessica Parker.
The last TV show I binge-watched was … Tehran on Apple TV+.
Nothing cheers me up like … going shopping or defeating a motion for summary judgment.
My guilty pleasure is … cheese, any kind.
If I won the lottery I’d … donate most of it but splurge a little on my family.
My favorite podcast is … Here’s The Thing with Alec Baldwin.
My favorite news source is … The New York Times.
I’m inspired by … kindness.
I collect … little spoons.
The one thing that I would change about the legal profession is … it’s still a boys club.
The most annoying thing about my job is … having to explain to people the true meaning of wrongful termination and hostile work environment.
The question I’m tired of answering is … “Did your parents want a boy?” (referring to my name).
A different practice area that intrigues me is … none. I found the perfect one.
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