Lawyer Luigi Paganelli
WHOM ARE YOU DEALING WITH?
A brief interview to underline competences and skills, beliefs and achievements. Let’s lay bare the secrets that make us a winning team.
- What's your name?
- I am Luigi Paganelli.
- Have you ever had a nickname? Explain it.
- My family and friends call me "Gigi", which is a simple abbreviation of my name.
- What type of lawyer are you?
- I think I could be considered mainly a litigator, although I also like providing advice in negotiations to close agreements: my experience covers civil/private and business cases, as well as criminal trials usually for "white collar crimes" and quite a lot of credit recovery proceedings.
- What can you tell me about your education and training? Do you have any particular qualifications?
- I am a qualified barrister at the Italian High Court of Justice (Corte di Cassazione). I like languages so I have improved English by getting the ILEC (International Legal English Certificate) by Cambridge and German by enrolling at the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen when I was writing my thesis for the Italian degree in law. Currently I am also teaching Contract Law at the Law School of our Bar in Monza to the young lawyers who are preparing their bar exam.
- Have you ever had any professional experience abroad?
- Before graduating I spent summers working in both France and Germany. I was also team member in a Rotary Group Study Exchange in Missouri (US).
- Why did you decide to become a lawyer?
- I like philosophy, history, dealing with business and human interest stories and I also like the idea of being paid for the time I work: I first discovered that studying law was a way to cultivate all these skills. When I got my law degree, due to my individualistic nature, I first tried private practice of law and discovered how widely-varied it is, how deep it allows one to enter into other people's lives: I fell in love with this profession.
- What are your professional skills?
- I like both fighting on behalf of my clients and negotiating and even mediating. I never start with one truth but, following Karl Popper's theories, I try to figure out the real consecution of events and the circumstances of a case as a continuous flow. I deal with a wide-range of business, real estate and civil or personal liability cases, but I think that to give 360-degree advise an italian lawyer must have dealt also with criminal cases. Since I like psychology I often follow family law cases and, since the whole practice of a lawyer is at the end aimed to recover money, I have a weird passion for debts collection.
- Which are your personal skills?
- Ask my wife, my children, my brother and sister, or my colleagues and collaborators, or even my friends: each one of them will give you different answers. I try to be aggressive in trials but always looking for mediation. I often choose to cultivate challenging theories but my first concern is to refrain clients from jumping headfirst into long and difficult trials.
- Why would you recommend your performance to someone else? Would you be a client of yourself? Why?
- In accordance with the old court saying "dum pendet, rendet", lawyers are usually accused of seeking out their personal advantage also at the risk of prejudicing their clients' interests: I instinctively refuse that behaviour. Nevertheless, if I am convinced that a trial can be won although it has been lost in the first degree, I will try to convince my client to go on. On the other side, my team and I study carefully every case without standardizing: this means that every client is assisted with particular care. I guess these are good reasons to think that I would be client of myself.
- Have you a professional motto?
- "Law is people's life"
- Have you also a motto in life?
- Here I copied: "Live each day as if it were your last day alive but every day learn as much as you can and respect life as if you are going to live forever"
- What are you mostly proud of in your life?
- My family and my law firm.
- What do you think about yourself?
- I probably am at a good point in my never-ending search of the Truth and of happiness.
- Which are your beliefs?
- Thank God, I am not religious: I simply believe that there is a supreme project in this Universe and our work of Human beings is searching it.
- Are you socially involved?
- I deal with local politics, which I consider more or less a civil service, and as a Rotarian I participate in a lot of our services.
- Other curiosities you would like to underline?
- I feel and think as a full European Citizen rather than Italian or whatever.
I am a convinced fan of globalization and try to embrace the current changes in our lives and professional styles: that's why I also am a founding member of Monza Legal!
Heading up a provincial law firm in Italy during these difficult times means being able to deal with a wide range of ever-changing different situations.
For MonzaLegal I have developed a specific procedure for Business and Company Law.