By Teresa Schiller
Hurricane Harvey made landfall after days of weather reports and news updates in August 2017. Some of the preparation was last-minute as residents scrambled for safety. Other preparation had begun years earlier, based on lessons learned in responding to other disasters. When the rain subsided, we learned that families and businesses had sustained billions of dollars in damage.
The Texas legal community quickly stepped up to help Hurricane Harvey victims. A Texas lawyer now, I am reminded of my experience in New York helping families and business victims after 9/11. Many of us in the New York legal community—like people throughout the city and beyond—wanted to provide relief. Our experience yielded lessons in responding to disasters that are important for all lawyers and law firms.