If I had to sum myself up in one sentence, I would say: I am a husband and father to 4 incredible children struggling to balance my love for my family with my love for what I do. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to Florida in 2004. Many people would be surprised to know that my first career was in the food business. As a young boy, I used to hang out in my father's friend's Chinese restaurant where I learned from a very young age how to cook Chinese food. I worked in various restaurants before venturing out on my own. Shortly after moving to Florida, I purchased a Thai restaurant in Sunrise, Florida that was the closest Glatt Kosher Thai restaurant to New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Running my own business taught me lessons I could not have obtained in the best business schools in the country and that help shape my career as a lawyer on a daily basis.
It was in my restaurant that I first met a young lawyer named Matthew Bavaro who would soon become a regular lunch customer. He would regale me with his tales of court battles and would often bring his partner with him who would also share his war stories. My imagination was captured as I imagined my own Perry Mason moments. Still, the thought of actually giving up the restaurant never seriously occurred to me. Over the next couple years, Matthew and I became good friends and I still loved hearing his stories and debating with him.
After a couple disastrous storms took its toll on my clientele and as the economy took a nose-dive, I decided it was time for a change and upon my wife's counsel, I enrolled in law school. I was fortunate to attend Florida International University (FIU) which, in just a few short years, has jumped to become one of the nation's top 100 law schools. I began working for Matthew in my first month of law school and have been there ever since. I had always imagined myself as a criminal defense attorney and confirmed my path with a certified legal internship with the Broward County State Attorney's office. I was also fortunate to clerk for two criminal court judges in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
Despite my plans on becoming a criminal defense attorney, an opportunity opened up in the consumer protection field and before I knew it—I was hooked. Seeing the dramatically uneven playing field American consumers are forced to wrestle upon with the world's biggest corporations, I was determined to make a change. I am proud to have been a part of shaping consumer protection law, specifically in the areas of TILA (Truth in Lending Act), FDCPA (Fair Debt Collection Practices Act), and the TCPA (Telephone Consumer Protection Act).
Unfortunately, I see so much misinformation and a general ignorance as to people's rights that I have made it my mission to educate consumers on how they can fight back. My goal is to provide my clients with a complete and total solution to their debt issues. Inevitably, this leads to a better quality of life, more confidence, a better marriage, and a happier client.
There is nothing more gratifying for me than seeing the look of relief wash over my client's face as I tell her / him that I can make the harassment and phone calls stop. Actually, that is not entirely true. There is something more gratifying: Seeing the look that washes over my client's face as I hand her / him a check a few months later.