When I graduated from NYU Law twelve years ago, I could not possibly have imagined how beautiful and resilient the friendships I formed would become, and what an important part of my life they would be. (That handsome man in my lawyering section – how could I have guessed we would one day get married and have two children together??) But one of my great joys has been welcoming my friend and brilliant colleague, Genesis Fisher, to the world of entrepreneurship this year.
Genesis and I became friends through the public-interest crowd and a capital defense fellowship we were fortunate enough to take together, helmed by the brilliant, esteemed, and preternaturally kind Tony Amsterdam. Genesis went on to become a public defender, as many of us did. Through the years she spent defending her clients in Brooklyn, she developed a thick skin, the lawyer version of street smarts (court smarts?), and amazing litigation skills. Talking to Genesis about our jobs, she was never one of those jerks who sat around complaining about her clients or adversaries. She was always thoughtful, always observing, analyzing, and listening. She took the time and energy to really understand where her clients were coming from.
BTW, she’s also super fun, and definitely way cooler than me. One time she and some other friends were over at my place, and we were having a dance party with my daughter Zohra (Sadia wasn’t born yet). I noticed Zohra quietly watching Genesis’s moves and then going off into the corner by herself to practice them. But I digress.
Genesis was – is – always the person we all went to for sage advice about an interpersonal conflict or drama. You can depend on her not to judge you, or if judgment is warranted, to be honest, but not harsh. So it was no surprise whatsoever to me when I learned she had embarked on a newer path into conflict resolution services. It was immediately obvious to me, and anybody else who is lucky enough to know this amazing woman, that it is her calling.
Genesis has thrown herself into mediation, conflict resolution services, and training. Now with years of study and experience under her belt, and with her natural empathy, she is undoubtedly my go-to referral for anybody experiencing any kind of conflict. She also continues to represent criminal defense clients, something she probably could do in her sleep having represented thousands of clients, but she has never lost her caring sense.
I hope you will take the time to look around on her website and keep her in mind when you have a friend, colleague, or prospective client looking for a referral, whether in the mediation and conflict resolution department, or the criminal defense department. Genesis is a phenomenal resource; let’s all make the world a better place by helping to spread the word about her blossoming practice to help connect clients in need with an amazing person they will feel lucky to have found.