Red or Blue Pill? The Sour Gummy Worms, Please

Discovery with Chris Affronti

Published in 2021 Upstate New York Super Lawyers magazine

By Francis C. Affronti on August 20, 2021


The lawyer I most admire is … my father, a retired New York State Supreme Court Justice who failed out of law school and clerked in a law office so he could take the bar exam. Before he took the bench, he was a private practitioner who would do everything from a real estate transaction to a murder trial. We both regret never being able to practice together. 

My colleagues would be surprised to know that … I’m a Doctor Who fan. David Tennant is my favorite Doctor.

My courtroom walk-up music would be … “Steady as She Goes” by The Raconteurs.

If I wasn’t a lawyer, I’d be … a roadie for U2. 

I almost quit practicing law because … my client was late for the first trial I ever had. Security confiscated his marijuana pipe and would not let him in the courthouse.

The talent I wish I had is … to play the piano. 

If I had a time machine I’d … see Van Morrison in 1973 at The Troubadour in Los Angeles. If you have never listened to It’s Too Late To Stop Now, you are missing out on the greatest live album of all time.

The movie line I quote most often is … from LOTR: The Two Towers: “Po-ta-toes! Boil them, mash them, stick them in a stew. Lovely big golden chips with a nice piece of fried fish.”

The movie I just don’t get is … The Matrix.

The craziest thing I witnessed in a courtroom is … a judge saying, “I know it’s hearsay, but I want to hear it.” (I lost.) 

If I won the lottery I’d … buy a double-shotgun house in the Bywater area of New Orleans within walking distance of one of my favorite places, Bacchanal Wine. 

Nothing cheers me up like … one of my children asking, “Dad, can you help me?”

The last TV show I binge-watched was … Babylon Berlin, a fantastic neo noir German series set in 1929. 

My guilty pleasure is … sour gummy worms. You will find all sorts of candy in my office.

If I could offer one piece of advice to new lawyers, it would be … get involved in your local and state bar associations. You will make friendships that will last forever, meet people who might practice outside your practice, and hang out with people who are smarter than you. What could be better?

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