As we ring in 2020, we want to take a moment to look back at a big GDL retirement in 2019. Having served a staggering 27 years as GDL’s go-to paralegal resource, Barbara Batte left us for her much-deserved retirement. Barbara specialized in getting information to and from the ever-evolving labyrinth of agencies and committees of DC government, the federal government and other local and state governments. She worked with a calm and always pleasant demeanor that veiled her relentless approach.
Barbara worked hard to be sure to know all the right paths, all the buttons to push, in order to get answers and results and she worked tirelessly for us and our clients from the day that she stepped in the door from her former position at Perpetual Savings Bank in early 1992 (Barbara worked for Perpetual for 12 years prior to joining GDL). GDL founding shareholder Gil DeLorme had worked with Barbara at Perpetual and he convinced her to take the big risk of jumping to our then young and very small law firm – we’re so fortunate that Gil talked her into it!
We had a nice lunch for Barbara to send her off and the whole firm came out. Some GDL alumni like the happily retired Bill Harris and Wilderness Leadership & Learning founder Steve Abraham were also there to wish her well. Abe Greenstein (who hired Barbara back in ’92) was unable to attend, but Abe made sure to take Barbara out to celebrate her retirement and to thank her for her exceptional service (not sure where they went, but the smart money might wager that it was i Richhi!).
Barbara tells us that she plans to spend her time in retirement enjoying her new home, spending time with her family and friends, getting to the beach and sleeping late. We thank Barbara for her great work for GDL and for our clients and we wish Barbara a long, healthy and happy retirement!