Get to Know William Clifford Rambo
How long have you worked at Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo?
About ten years.
Why did you decide to become a lawyer?
It was the first semester of college. I took a variety of classes, and one was a basic introduction to criminal law. I instantly became interested in law and made criminal law my major. Obviously, I went to law school after I graduated.
Who is/was your mentor? What was the greatest lesson you learned from him/her?
My mother, Kelly Rambo-Williams, who is also an attorney. I learned too many things from her to count, and most of the important lessons are the tiny things. They don’t teach you in law school how to deal with those.
How did you choose your area of practice?
I deeply believe in people’s rights and their right to receive compensation when they’re wrongfully hurt. I also wanted to practice in a field of law where the clients have the final say over what happens in their cases, unlike in criminal cases.
What motivates you to work hard?
The realization that any given case, for me, is a job, but for my clients, the accidents are likely the most stressful and important days of their lives. They need someone knowledgeable and professional to help them through the process.
What do you like to do outside of the office?
I have a huge interest in computers, both software and hardware. I love building computers and I also love optimizing software. I love studying and debating ethics, formal logic, and human rights. I’m a fiction writer in my free time, and I love science fiction.
Name one fun fact about you that would surprise others?
I’m a pacifist.
Where is your favorite place you have visited?
Any nighttime vista with no light pollution and a great view of landscapes or cityscapes.
What one piece of advice would you give to lawyers starting out today?
If you manage your time well, think through your assignments, and understand the reason you’re doing tasks (instead of just doing them), you will be happier, have more time both personally and professionally, and will avoid the stress many other attorneys struggle with.