We Escaped!

By Sigalle Barness on Jun 10, 2015 3:43:13 PM |


From the worlds of Super Mario Bros. to Myst to Assassins Creed, I have always been a gamer.  As both a reader and an avid movie buff, I always felt games was the perfect melding of the two - with the added bonus of active engagement.  So, when the Lawline Culture Committee met a few weeks ago to decide what fun things we could do as a company, I immediately jumped on a new way to game: Escape the Room NYC.

For anyone unfamiliar with the concept, Escape the Room is an interactive gaming experience in New York City that puts players in a seemingly ordinary room that is actually a puzzle.  The goal - escape in 60 minutes by collaborating as a team to find clues, hidden objects, and solve the puzzles. Cool, right?

Eight Lawliners decided to take the challenge, myself included.  The room looked like your average NYC apartment - smartly furnished, compact and with tons of character.  As soon as the door was closed and the time began, everyone whipped into action.  It was like watching 8 detectives just tear the place apart. Everything was fair game - chess pieces and books, dvd players and microwaves, even a random Chinese food delivery menu (which Lawliner, Mike, ordered food from which later helped unlock a clue).

What impressed me most was how everyone proved to be truly creative and collaborative thinkers.  Lawliners like Stephanie had a knack at finding hidden clues while Lawliners like Joe made the needed connections to move us forward. Everyone clearly had a specific skill they naturally embraced and brought to the table - allowing for some really cool skill sharing for a larger goal.

We all ended up escaping the room with over 3 minutes to spare!  See our celebratory picture below!


Escape the Room





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Sigalle Barness

Written by Sigalle Barness

Sigalle Barness is the Vice President of Content and a member of’s Executive Team. Sigalle provides business strategy and leadership to the company and directly manages Lawline’s accreditation, programming and production operations. Sigalle also analyzes market trends and applies insights to develop and execute written and video content including online educational programming, email marketing, social media campaigns, press releases, blog articles and large scale live events. Sigalle graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University and holds a B.A. in English. She received her J.D. in 2010 from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, NY. Sigalle is admitted to practice in both New York and New Jersey. She is also an active member of the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA), and is the former Chair of ACLEA’s Programming Special Interest Group (2013 – 2015) and National Provider Special Interest Group (2015 - 2017). Before joining Lawline in March 2012, Sigalle litigated civil claims in areas such as landlord tenant, breach of contract and tax lien and mortgage foreclosures actions. She also handled transactional matters such as drafting residential and commercial leases, demand letters, and client conflict waivers. Sigalle is an avid lover of music, video games, blogging, asking questions and all things food. She is also fluent in Hebrew and enjoys writing fiction, traveling and scuba diving.