Out of focus: why lawyers and firms can no longer ignore dementia

As a rising tide of Alzheimer's and other dementia diagnoses grips aging US partnerships, neither firms nor their lawyers have learned how to cope

Illustration by Raul Arias


Before Myriam Marquez was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, she had a full-time practice as a public defender near Seattle. As her office’s only Spanish-speaking public defender, she juggled up to 20 cases at one time.

One day Marquez couldn’t remember how to drive home from the office. By 2010, at age 63, genetic testing had confirmed that she carried a gene for Alzheimer’s disease. She knew she had to tell her boss.

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