you can take the boy out of Brooklyn… “
You know the rest.
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I grew up in Canarsie. My parents must have just thrown a dart. There wasn’t much going on there in the early ’60s. But by the mid-’70s, I was a kid coming into my own, and I felt like the neighborhood was sprouting right along with me. Mostly a mix of secular Jews and Italian Catholics.
I had a lot of passion for music and still do. I performed it, listened to it and wrote it. You’d be surprised at all the interesting parallels there are between music and the law. There’s a certain ebb and flow to both.
Almost all of it (the good stuff) was within walking distance. There’s a reason diehard New Yorkers will look to pick a fight with you if you say anything bad about their pizza or bagels.
Here’s a hint for any of you transplanted Floridians like me: it ain’t a real bagel store if your bagel is coming to you toasted by default (i.e., without you requesting it to be toasted). It’s the dirty little secret of Einstein Bagels and of course Dunkin Donuts. Toasting makes all bagels -both good and bad – taste almost identical. Sadly, there is no such thing as a Florida bagel. Call those things something else. When you really want a genuine bagel or some serious pizza, you go to Brooklyn or Staten Island (which is basically Brooklyn).
I gave up my lower Manhattan law office at 305 Broadway, shortly after September 11, 2001. I was there when it all came down, but luckily not in the immediate zone of death or disability. I was a few blocks south, near the ferry terminal.
They say “Florida is the only state of the union where you need to go North to get to the South,” and I believe it’s true. I don’t think I’ve met too many native Floridians. I sure have met a lot of New Yorkers.
I’ve planted seeds here in Florida. Raised three kids for the second half of their tender years (tweens/teens).
I handle lots of different cases. I tend to gravitate towards the areas of consumer bankruptcy, civil (commercial) litigation and real estate. But I’ve also handled family law cases, personal injury claims, civil rights cases, and landlord-tenant law.
Some have spoken critically of me for not having done a better job of “following the money” in terms of the cases I choose. I’m a better lawyer than businessman. Perhaps that’s why I have a small law firm. The upside for you is that the service I provide is highly personalized. It’s mostly if not entirely me, but for one or two able-bodied assistants that pitch in. I’m interested mostly in interesting cases and in helping people. The “helping” is part of the legacy. A wise person once said, “if you can’t help them at least don’t hurt them.” I won’t take on a case if I don’t have the experience to handle it. I might co-counsel it with another lawyer or refer you to more capable hands, if they aren’t mine. That’s the part of being a “better lawyer than businessman” I was talking about.