Native attorneys modify to new processes throughout pandemic

Local attorneys adjust to new processes during pandemic

Those we spoke to said they didn’t have a banner year, but one said it wasn’t that bad

by: Stan Boney

Posted: Jan 27, 2021 / 8:17 PM EST
Updated: Jan 27, 2021 / 8:17 PM EST

GIRARD, Ohio (WKBN) – How did lawyers weather the pandemic? Are they making money? Those we spoke to said they didn’t have a banner year, but one said it wasn’t that bad.

Attorney Brian Kren works in a 114 year old building in downtown Girard. He mainly does estate work. For horseradish, the 2020 business was roughly the same as it was in 2019.

“I can assure you that a global pandemic has got people putting their affairs in order,” he said.

Dominic DeLaurentis, attorney, is the president of the Mahoning County Bar Association. He said the pandemic had impacted private practitioners in some ways.

“Just because people don’t travel much anymore. Maybe they’re postponing things they want to do until it’s safer to see a lawyer again, ”DeLaurentis said.

Dave Betras, attorney at law firm Betras, Kopp and Harshman, said the deal failed last year, although he did not know by how much. He also believes this year is going to be worse.

“You can’t get a criminal case, and who wants one with all the protocols? We are litigators. We need courtrooms and we need juries. I want to be able to look into the eyes of a jury and speak to them, ”said Betras.

Kren, the president of the Trumbull County Bar Association, said holding hearings remotely can work, but litigation can be challenging.

“It’s difficult to judge testimony and credibility when you testify from your couch at home,” Kren said.

But DeLaurentis, who is also a judge to Judge John Durkin in Mahoning County, says the pandemic taught lawyers that everything doesn’t have to be done in person. Conference calls can work.

“I think that helped us learn that we don’t have to bring in lawyers for every small hearing we can do over the phone,” he said.