Fight versus the clock for legal representative shedding his vision

By Myles Ma | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on May 30, 2016 at 8:15 AM, updated May 30, 2016 at 12:00 PM
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PARAMUS –$” Sean Callagy began to discover his vision problems as center fielder for Emerson Secondary school as well as later for the Columbia University baseball team.

He was quick, he struck well, and he was generally an excellent fielder.

But he started to shed fly balls in the light.

Callagy has actually a condition called retinitis pigmentosa. The 46-year-old has actually been slowly losing his vision given that those days in center field and is currently legitimately blind.

He’s known about the disease his whole life. It’s hereditary: His grandfather as well as bro both had it.

The loss of his vision has accelerated in recent years. He just recently stopped being able to play catch with his kid, additionally a baseball player at Emerson High.

“My entire life has actually been battling the clock,” Callagy spokened.

Callagy has fast-tracked his life consequently. The River Vale resident formed his own law office in 1999, when he was 29, winning 2 decisions of more than $27 million each in the past 2 years.

Callagy still has some vision: He can walk his workplace in Paramus with little trouble. But he can not drive, and also he can only see a letter at a time while reading, in a career that requires him to parse with piles of papers.

While trying a case in Arizona representing a Phoenix metro businessman that claimed his former business companion assaulted him, dedicated scams and stole his service, Callagy relied upon law partner Michael Smikun to read records for him in court. Outside of court, Callagy uses iPad apps to read documents out loud as well as pays attention to the sound of videotaped depositions. His assistant, Taylor Gallo, cares for driving.

Smikun spokened Callagy’s vision has slid substantially over the past 2 years. In that time, he’s concerned rely more on Smikun.

“We have a form of mind-meld where I merely comprehend what he wishes to achieve,” he stated.

While Callagy can not always check out individuals’s body movement when he’s cross-examining them, as well as occasionally misses out on seeing an extensive handshake, he “still has a great legal mind,” Smikun stated.

“He’s found a means to be very reliable as a litigator despite the fact that he can not read documents or e-mails,” he spokened.

Callagy has a Blackberry since he can really feel the keys and also utilizes it to take large notes. He said he’s developed his memory as well as speaking capacity to compensate for his loss of vision.

It’s clear Callagy loves talking about law: He enters into animated explanations when defining the case in Arizona.

Because he began his firm, his office has expanded to employ 100 individuals and also opened a satellite area in Arizona. His goal is to maintain expanding.

“I would enjoy to have workplaces throughout the country,” he said.

He has moments of concern and irritation at the possibility of losing his vision. He obtains emotional speaking about losing sight of his child at her football games.

Yet Callagy, that is Christian, said he thinks he will not lose his view completely. He thinks scientific research, whether through genetics therapy or retinal cams or some other innovation, will restore his vision.

“I believe whole-heartedly that this is not visiting take place,” he said. “I stay One Hundred Percent in my idea that I will certainly be seeing far better when I am 50 or 60 compared to I do today.”

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