December 4, 2015

"[N]o stander above men and women or apart from them." -- Walt Whitman​Leaves of GrassSong of Myself 24​


I'm a blue-collar guy in a white-collar world.  Or maybe I'm a t-shirt guy in a collared-world.  Either way, I am who I am, a man and a lawyer.

I come from humble roots.  After I was born in Bogotá, my parents picked up at a stop in a warm, tropical town on the bus ride back to Manzanares a wicker basket, which was my bed in those first months of life.

Later, back in the States, from age 2 to age 11, my family lived in a 2-bedroom apartment in Matawan​, NJ.  I can recall, even at that age, being aware that all my classmates in the g&t program lived in suburban houses with front and back yard, and even this new thing called cable tv.

Neither my mom nor my dad is a lawyer.  Unlike some of my peers, neither of my parents is a judge.  My mom is a high school graduate.  My dad is a college graduate (though he didn't receive his degree until he officially completed a foreign language requirement a few years after leaving school).  I am not entitled and I have no pedigree, and yet here I am.

Sometimes I feel like I've scratched and clawed to get where I am, and it's probably true.  There have been times in my life when I was so completely dedicated to something that I worked my ass off at all cost to know that no onewas going to out-work me and I was going to squeeze every ounce of God's gifts to me in whatever endeavor I was committed to.  On top of that, knowing where I come from, I've also had the attitude of when you ain't got nothing, you got nothing to lose​.​

Even with all that being said, I know that it's not all me.  I've got my family to thank.  And like anyone else, I've had help along the way, from teachers to mentors to friends.  I thank all the people who have ever believed in me.

And now, I thank my clients, who show me time and time again the true meaning of resilience and determination and pride.  Know that I'm no better than you, I am one of you and I am with you.​

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