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The Heart of Law

Release Date: 12/16/2021

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The Heart of Law

EPISODE #2.3:  The Heart of Law with Shelby Walton If our previous guest had youth and sagacity on his side, wait till introduces us to . Sharp as a tack, the gifted trial lawyer is indeed in a league of her own. We encounter an impressive, young prodigy who the Florida Defender calls “  The moment our captivating host engages her, we recognize the young lady’s adamantine drive, nimble wit, focused calm, and acute mind. As they go into the deep dive and learn about her story, Mirena is right. Shelby is an “effective public speaker” and “has wisdom beyond her years.” She...

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EPISODE #2.1:  The Heart of Law with Paul Farrell The Heart of Law’s second season debuts with a forcible gale as Paul Farrell shares the mic with Mirena Umizaj. Respected by his contemporaries as the vanguard against the opioid scourge, our keen host deconstructs the rife ways propelling Paul to fly in the face of titan cases. Jumping immediately into the deep-dive, they weigh in on the steady, impressive rise of women in the legal field.  Utilizing zoo animals and oceanic metaphors, Paul and Mirena contemplate what to expect from the diverse personality types holding the legal...

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Punctuating the first season of , Mirena invites the perfectly sanguine and finely enlightened guest, , into the show. Our riveting anchor calls Ilya the , and the title fits her well.  Ilya gives us a  backdrop of a picturesque childhood entrenched with philosophy and a keen awareness of others. Nurtured by accomplished and astute parents who lovingly raised her to have a sentient worldview beyond her youth,  she saw life through the eyes of Kant, Jung, Hume, among other empiricists and rationalists who later influenced her adult life. Deeply transformed by , Ilya considers the...

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How, indeed, do we “turn our back from the bull?” Interestingly enough, world-renowned 一also known as 一tells us how. In this deep-dive, and Mike (aka Pap) shoot the breeze on the many nuances of lawyering and life. Kudos to our sophic anchor for tracking down one of the most influential and versatile attorneys in our country. With her gift of gab, Mirena introduces us to the award-winning torts attorney, multi-media talk-show host, co-owner, conference founder/co-owner, NW Florida waterways advocate (with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., no less!), athlete, musician, pilot, fiction author...

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Erudite, strategic, principled ... one can expect nothing less from our next guest, . Known for his dexterity in both trial law and asset management, invites the sage attorney to discuss the pedagogy of litigation funding.  In this particularly didactic episode of , Martin and Mirena talk shop. This time, we get a glimpse of the legal finance industry as he expounds on the differences between a traditional bank and a litigation financial firm like . Illuminating us on the many uses of capital for litigation, Martin shares invaluable insight on the fiscal discipline and fiscal...

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Faithful to the beating rhythm of her show, invites prime among primes, to mark the seventh episode of As our keen anchor draws us into their heart-rending conversation, we discover an exponent defender true to his legendary name.  Plunging into the deep dive, Chris shares two monumental  (yin and yang-like) events, paradoxically defining him and his purpose: “ ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,’  just like A Tale of Two Cities, ” he says.  First, Chris reminisces childhood aspirations of becoming a cowboy, a baseball player, and later a...

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have the consummate balance of an entrepreneurially sharp yet resolutely calm mind? Well … mystery solved! Our intrepid host, , invites mindfulness paladin, , an incredible source of inspiration and pillar of strength to many in the field of law. Revisiting his humble beginnings, Joe reminisces about the 1100 square feet home of his childhood. Not expecting to attend college, he almost serendipitously finds himself at Brockport State College and surprises himself as he turns into a mainstay in the dean’s list. Enjoying his undergrad success,...

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EPISODE #2.1:  The Heart of Law with Paul Farrell

The Heart of Law’s second season debuts with a forcible gale as Paul Farrell shares the mic with Mirena Umizaj. Respected by his contemporaries as the vanguard against the opioid scourge, our keen host deconstructs the rife ways propelling Paul to fly in the face of titan cases. Jumping immediately into the deep-dive, they weigh in on the steady, impressive rise of women in the legal field.  Utilizing zoo animals and oceanic metaphors, Paul and Mirena contemplate what to expect from the diverse personality types holding the legal empire together. All the while deconstructing the indelible mark of two distinct paradigm shifts in the industry. 

Getting into the show's crux, Mirena asks Paul about his journey through the colossal MDL, National Prescription Opiate Litigation he took on. He recounts Eric Eyre’s investigative journalism expose (winning him the 2017 Pulitzer Prize), the three women whose stories made an impact on the prescription opioid epidemic (winning them an Academy Award), the horrific 780 million pain pills sold in a six-year window, the 20% infants born addicted to opium every year, and multifarious other situations spurring this gorgonian case that began in Huntington, West Virginia. Aligning forces with Mike Papantonio and Russell Budd, along with states like Ohio and Kentucky, Paul waged one of the biggest legal battles this nation has known. Anticipating the release of the documentary, The Bellwether, produced by Clay Tweel (a filmmaker who followed Paul throughout the four-year case) and a positive verdict in early 2022—no matter the outcome—he looks straight ahead.

We hear his frustration as he revisits Nixon’s Environmental Protection Act, decades of presidents’ shifting promises, insidious political agendas, staggering Congressional regulations all leading to the Coal and Steel Mining Industry’s demise in West Virginia—leaving hundreds jobless in its wake. Clearly disenchanted at the hypocrisy of the US government building fossil fuel-burning power plants in Iraq and Afghanistan, while “putting coal companies out of business and … [not] even hav[ing] the decency to reimburse their pension funds,” we clearly grasp why he ran for office in the 2016 Presidential Elections with a mere $2,500.00. Despite his loss, Paul beat Hillary Clinton by 113 votes in Mingo County, West Virginia, ranking second place. Mirena proudly reminds him of his ineffaceable mark, influencing change in the CDC’s guidelines and standards of care. What’s next for our champion? Without batting an eye, he says: “Google. The single largest monolithic monopoly in the history of the world.” All 300 newspapers who implored him to fight for their cause will find an indomitable warrior storming even Olympus itself.

EPISODE SURVEY:

  • [00:06:52] Paul and Mirena discuss the growth and future of women in leadership positions.
  • [00:36:08] Lawyers and Lions? Listen as Paul draws comparisons of the characteristics in the legal industry and lion packs. 
  • [00:42:14] Discover who Paul Farrell is and what inspires him.
  • [01:03:17] Opioid litigation is more than a project to Paul; it is of major personal importance. Find out why here!
  • [01:15:22] Paul recounts his experience running for President of the United States.

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

  • Founding member of Farrell & Fuller, LLC, in San Juan, PR.
  • Focused his practice on the opioid litigation and filed some of the first diversion cases in the country.
  • Regarded as a pioneer and authority on the diversion claims directed against the opiate prescription drug manufacturers, distributors, and dispensers.
  • Considered one of the premier trial lawyers in southern West Virginia with experience prosecuting medical malpractice cases, birth trauma cases, and negligent credentialing cases.
  • Appointed Co-Lead Counsel of MDL 2804 styled, In re National Prescription Opiate Litigation.
  • Named West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Member of the Year (2002).
  • Past President of the West Virginia Association for Justice (2011-2012).

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