Judith Livingston is one of the most successful plaintiffs lawyers in the country, having won 33 trials with verdicts of more than $1 million and settling hundreds more cases for significant amounts. Just this year, she won the largest medical malpractice, wrongful death verdict in Ulster County’s history: $4.6 million. That was just weeks after she obtained a $2.3 million settlement after four days of testimony in a Staten Island case; a $4.6 million settlement in a Brooklyn case and a $5.8 million verdict after a one-week bench trial in the Court of Claims. Asked by The New York Times to write an “open letter” to her daughter and other young women, she said, “You, as a lawyer, can truly help others.”

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be …

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