I grew up in New York City and attended the Bronx High School of Science before heading off to college. While at Haverford College, which is located just outside of Philadelphia, I became Student Body President and received my bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Thereafter, I attended law school just across town at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, where I received various trial advocacy awards and won a national mock trial championship. However, as much as I enjoyed my time in Philadelphia, there is no place like home. As such, twelve years ago I made the decision to return to New York City to be closer to my family and friends, and could not be happier about my choice.
As a Senior Trial Attorney with The Barnes Firm, I have extensive experience representing clients who develop mesothelioma or lung cancer as a result of exposure to asbestos. I also represent individuals in a wide variety of other cases, ranging from personal injury cases to claims where individuals were exposed to toxins as a result of defective products, or injured as a result of a defective medical device or pharmaceutical drug.
Prior to joining the firm, my experience included working as an attorney at one of the largest law firms in Philadelphia. While there, I represented government and commercial entities in civil cases, including multi-million dollar contractual disputes and wrongful death actions.
Going beyond litigation, I believe strongly that it is every attorney’s duty to assist those less fortunate than themselves. In addition to personal injury law, I am a member of a community-based organization which advocates for tenant rights and prevents displacement of residents in New York City. I have also successfully represented a mother in an asylum action, helping her escape persecution and reunite with her children. Given that I am fluent in Spanish, I have been able to assist Spanish-speaking Ground Zero workers with obtaining benefits for treatments relating to lung disorders and a number of other diseases. I have also worked to protect voter rights in several states during mayoral, senatorial and presidential elections.
Most importantly, I am the son of a very hard-working, single mother who raised four children on her own. My siblings and I try our best to honor all of the sacrifices she made on our behalf.