Leading Through Adversity: Michael Mogill + Morizio Law Firm

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Perspective is everything. This time of uncertainty has allowed us to shed light on how many leaders can step up for those around us and provide a lifeboat for the ones that need us most, whether it be a client or a patient.

Crisp Founder & CEO Michael Mogill sits down with attorney Lawrence Morizio and his brother, ICU Dr. Alex Morizio, to explore the ways in which they have taken this moment in stride to ultimately come out stronger on the other side.

Check out the full conversation here.

00:32 – Lost confidence. “The first couple of weeks of mid-March, I was an absolute mess. I lost my confidence, my family was calling me Dr. Doom, and I wasn’t a part of who I was as a person. I was worried about the external factors and what’s going to happen. My wife’s working at the courthouse, and my brother’s down in Miami caring for sick people in the ICU every day.”

2:54 – Leadership is multifactorial. “It starts from within yourself at first, and some can be innate. We were extremely fortunate growing up. Our mom and dad were an incredible couple, a very loving couple, and always worked at their marriage. They were always involved with one another, and they were always involved in our lives. We were always surrounded by the concept of love and leadership in that regard. “

6:20 – Be calm and confident. “The wars that we’ve had in the past have been foot soldiers going to all the countries, dropping bombs. This is a different way of looking at things. There clearly was an adjustment when things started. I looked at myself as a general — someone who had to speak softly and carry a big stick, so to speak. The most important thing in the beginning of the process was that we spoke about calmness and confidence. I wanted to make sure that all the troops that were going out into war had the proper gear on.”

9:21 – Leadership is infectious. “The nurses and medical staff did an amazing job of mentally adjusting to the situation. Everybody was calm by the time the second week came around. We had given each other confidence. Everyone became a leader. Leadership can become infectious. It’s not just within me to be the leader — it’s all of us becoming leaders in a situation like this.”

11:52 – Gain confidence. “All four of our grandparents immigrated from Italy. We have a great story, but it’s evolved to the point now where we’re both in these separate learning professions and feed off each other based on our experience. I’m in the legal profession and Alex is in the medical field. I watched him at the beginning of this health crisis, and it gave me the confidence to go about my daily life not only with my personal relationships but also what I could do with the firm. I got confidence saying, ‘If my brother’s down there in Miami every day, every minute, sacrificing himself and his time for the betterment of others, I can do this for my law firm, and my clients, and for my staff.’”

14:36 – Provide trust. “I had one client where he just came off the ledge. He was a cancer survivor. This was an opportunity for me to understand what that person’s needs were. I was thankful that that person trusted me with that type of relationship. It made me start looking at how my brother dealt with his circumstances, instilling confidence, and then pivoting.”

If you’re viewing this challenging situation the same way Lawrence, Alex, and Michael are, text Michael directly at 404–531–7691 to tell him your thoughts.