Discovery with Jane Lamberti

Jane Lamberti on RBG, the BVIs and the joy of trial bags with wheels

Published in 2017 Georgia Super Lawyers — March 2017

My colleagues would be surprised to know that ... I play the alto saxophone. 

If you were in my office, you’d ... notice the color teal.

When I was a newbie lawyer I ... was told I couldn’t be a trial lawyer unless I developed the muscles to carry a trial bag. Thank goodness someone made one with wheels.

The lawyer I most admire is ... Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. He was a brilliant advocate, always prepared, and he never gave up the fight for his clients.

The quality I most like in a lawyer is ... humility.

My pre-trial routine includes ... buying new makeup in the latest seasonal hues—it’s a female lawyer’s 21st-century war paint. 

My career high point (so far) has been ... my highest verdict—$22 million!

If I weren’t a lawyer, I ... would be a ski instructor in Aspen.

When I win a case, I celebrate ... with a spa weekend—preferably at the Bellagio in Vegas, usually the Four Seasons in Atlanta. 

I almost quit the law because ... I was told I did not have “what it takes” to be a trial lawyer and was fired from my first associate position.

The SCOTUS justice I’d most like to meet is ... RBG!

The SCOTUS decision I’d most like to overturn is ... Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.  

A different practice area that intrigues me is ... criminal defense.  

I can’t believe more people haven’t read ... The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. 

My fictional hero is ... Wonder Woman.

My real-life hero is ... RBG.

On weekends I enjoy ... hot yoga.  

My most bizarre talent is ... tongue twisting. 

The most fascinating person I ever met is ... Sidney Poitier. It was at a reception in LA honoring Mr. Cochran. He’s a humanitarian, with a voice as smooth as silk. 

If I won the lottery I would ... split my time sailing or scuba diving in the BVIs and skiing out west. 

The movie line I quote most often is ... “Never burn bridges: Today’s junior prick is tomorrow’s senior partner.” – Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver) in Working Girl (1988). 

The three people I’d invite to dinner are ... Jackie Kennedy, Hillary Clinton and Melania Trump. 

Nothing cheers me up like ... a blowout at the Drybar with a complimentary glass of champagne.

I wish I had invented ... the Keurig brewing system. 

If I had a morning show, my co-host would be ... Chris Rock.

The last TV show I binge-watched was ... House of Cards.  

My guilty pleasure is ... a Zesto’s Nut Brown Crown. 

My motto is ... “It is what it is.”

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