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The second half of the chapter year brought one of our Signature Events – The Annual Attorney Luncheon – held at the Essex House on March 12th featuring Jim Abbott as the keynote speaker.


Mr. James Anthony Abbott, a former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher who played despite having been born without a right hand, was the keynote speaker at the ALANYC’s Annual Attorney Luncheon.

Among his many accomplishments, Mr. Abbott was the pitcher for the Gold Medal Olympic Team in 1988, played ten seasons in MLB for the California Angels, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, and Milwaukee Brewers, from 1989 to 1999 and famously threw a 4-0 no-hitter for the New York Yankees versus Cleveland in 1993.

In his post MLB career, Mr. Abbott has worked with The Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy on several initiatives encouraging businesses to hire people with disabilities and has become a highly sought after motivational speaker


Instead of looking at what he did not have, his father helped him finds ways to win. Mr. Abbott was the starting quarterback on his high school football team, which went to the finals of the Michigan state championship. He showed enough promise as a pitcher to be drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays shortly after graduation, but he instead chose to attend the University of Michigan on a baseball scholarship

At the luncheon, Mr. Abbott shared with us his keys to adapting, persevering and removing obstacles to success.

On A Personal Note
Jim lives in California with his wife, two children and their dog. His parents still live in Michigan. Jim and his family take the summer off each year to stay at the lake and visit with family and friends.

Jim delivered an entertaining, strong, and humbling message of adaptation, perseverance and removing obstacles to our success.

The chapter scored a home run with this one!

Speaking of homeruns, the website committee scored a major one by taking our website from the weeds to the garden over the past year and a half. Our Website Committee is proud to report that traffic continues to grow on our new website particularly on the Community Forums.

Click here to learn about how to get the most out of our Forums. They also launched e-lists for Special Interest Groups (“SIGs”) including Small Firm, Branch, C-Level and CLM. Check the discussion board on how to subscribe or contact [email protected].

By the way, do you run a small firm? Join Rick D’Aversa who runs our Small Firm SIG – they meet monthly on a variety of topics and also feature a different Business Partner at the meetings to showcase their value to our members. Contact Rick at [email protected] for more information.

Remember that our website is about you and how you interact with fellow members. We welcome any feedback. Please email [email protected] with comments or observations.