Victoria de Toledo
loves a good David v. Goliath case
Published in New England Super Lawyers 2009 - November 2009
"I think a lot of lawyers forget the human part of their own existence and it's important in the whole process to be human," says Victoria de Toledo
"Human and humane.
De Toledo, an employment law partner at Casper & de Toledo in Stamford, studs her speech with words that don't figure prominently in law books: nice, comfortable, humane.
talking about the value of balancing work life with family life and her
commitment-one of her
calls it--to inserting that balance into the practice of law.
This doesn't mean she's not a committed lawyer.
relishes every aspect of her
work, from researching and writing briefs to presenting cases to juries and pulling everything together in closing arguments.
has lectured on employment and discrimination, co-founded and chaired the Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association and was tapped to join the selective College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
It was while interning in the public defender's office during her
sophomore year at the University of Pennsylvania
that de Toledo realized law was her
calling; and it was while working for an equal employment opportunity officer the following year that she
zeroed in on employment law.
After law school at New York University
moved to Connecticut and went into private practice.
"I love the idea of going after bad guys," she
"I love the idea of trying to get justice for those people who are victimized.
And I also love the experience-it's so trite, but it's true-of helping people."
, 53, grew up on Long Island and traveled the world from a young age, thanks to her
father's position as an airline executive.
Travel was a great education, she
says, one she
has tried to give to her
children, a son, daughter and two stepdaughters, all now grown.
"To learn about different cultures and to realize that there's a whole world out there beyond our own is just so great for a child to experience and comprehend."
Though it would be tidy to link that insight to her
do-gooder instinct, she
draws a different connection.
Victoria de Toledo