Q&A with Elaine M. Michaud of Devine Millimet, PA
Specializing in medical malpractice law – defendants
Photo by Jodie Andruskevich
What or who inspired you to become a lawyer?
When I was in college, I was given “May It Please the Court: Live Recordings of the Supreme Court in Session,” a set of the National Archive’s audio recordings of 20+ landmark cases argued between 1956 and 1973. I was mesmerized as I listened to the actual voices of this country’s most noted lawyers and justices engaged in discourse leading to decisions affecting all of us and changing the course of history. I was drawn to a profession where individuals could make such a difference.
The most pressing issue facing the legal profession?
As lawyers, we face a constantly evolving legal landscape within which we attempt to forecast and anticipate clients’ future needs to ensure our expertise and skill sets are at the ready. This has become more challenging as technology evolves at an amazing clip and clients have unlimited access to online resources from which to garner assistance. This places a premium on 24/7 availability and expectations of immediate responses to highly complex legal issues.
Your favorite fictional lawyer and why?
Although not a fictional lawyer, I have always been a fan of Daniel Webster — who has had his share of fictionalization. A New Hampshire native and hard-core New Englander, his influence was far-reaching through his advocacy, politics, and diplomacy.
What do you like to do outside of the office?
I enjoy traveling the world. My more recent travels have taken me to Cambodia, Thailand, Tanzania, Macau, China and Hong Kong, along with various stops in Europe. I find traveling incredibly rewarding. It provides the opportunity to experience first-hand the natural beauty this world has to offer, while immersing oneself in the wonderfully different cultures. The more a place differs from my day-to-day existence, the more likely you’ll find me there.