Dellutri Law Group February 2018

February 2018

1436 Royal Palm Square Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33919 7955 Airport-Pulling Road N. Ste. 202, Naples, FL 34109 3841 Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte, FL 33952 4830 West Kennedy Blvd., Ste. 600 Tampa, FL 33609 37 North Orange Avenue, Ste. 500 Orlando, FL 32801

239-939-0900

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941-624-4454

813-670-7588

Attorneys for Personal Injury, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure Defense, & More!

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1436 Royal Palm Square Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33919 • 239-939-0900 • www.DellutriLawGroup.com

Celebrating 20 Years How Dellutri Law Group Came to Be

I immediately started planning my departure and the startup of my own practice. When I got back into the office after the holidays, I put in my two-week notice. I was excited to start out on my own, but I was also a little sad to be leaving such a great boss and staff. I learned so much in the time I was there, and he was a great mentor to me. He respected and supported my decision, and I worked my butt off until I clocked out for the last time. In the beginning, I was so bored when I went to work. I rented a space in another attorney’s building, and I placed my first ad in the yellow pages for the Law Offices of Carmen Dellutri. At first, I spent most of my days sitting around waiting for my phone to ring, but eventually, the other attorneys in the office started throwing cases my way. I often covered hearings and trials, and even though I got paid, I did a lot of work for free too. I kept my focus on the future, and although I only made $11,000 that first year, I built up my name and reputation. There were days when I wondered whether or not I had made the right choice in going out on my own. But Marjorie’s faith in me was always there to keep me motivated. I didn’t take any cases from my previous employer, so all I had was my laptop, a couple of bookcases, and a printer that Marjorie had gifted me. However, after a lot of hoping, praying, and taking good care of the clients that called in response to my ad, my practice started to grow. Eventually, I was able to hire someone (this is a great story as well) to make us a team of two, and we continued to expand into the Dellutri Law Group we know today. This month, we celebrate our 20-year anniversary. Talk about time flying. I am so thankful for everything I have experienced these last 20 years, and I am forever grateful to Marjorie for loving me, believing in me, and taking a risk on me, back then and every day as we move forward. She gave me the opportunity to start a law firm that lives our vision of what a law firm should be. It’s a debt I hope I can someday repay. Happy Anniversary, Dellutri Law Group, and happy Valentine’s Day, Marjorie. I love you.

Twenty years ago, the Dellutri Law Group was a dream. After graduating from law school, I started working full time at another firm. It was a good way to get my foot in the door and gain some experience before opening my own practice. Since I knew that someday I was going to open my own practice, I started planning my future.

“In the newsletter, I referenced the Law Offices of Carmen Dellutri. This is a sign that my mom and dad had made for me when I first open my firm. I had to pull it off the wall of the building when I left.”

That future included going back to school for an MBA (Masters in Business). Law School doesn’t teach you anything about running a business, and let’s face it, a law practice is a business. While getting my MBA, I met my wonderful wife, Marjorie. I like to joke and say that I was there for my MBA and she was there for her MD (Marjorie Dellutri). We actually graduated with our MBAs together. After almost two years in private practice, I was feeling fully confident in my abilities, and I started planning to go out on my own. Marjorie was on board with the idea. The issue was this: I worked for a really great guy, who was, and still is, one of the best attorneys I have ever met. Plus, everyone on the team treated me like family. So, I wasn’t so sure I wanted to leave them just yet. The idea of going out on my own was much easier than deciding to leave, but I knew I couldn’t do both. Marjorie and I attended the firm’s Christmas party that year in Tampa. On the way home, we weighed the pros and cons and made the big decision. My dream was about to come true. She told me that she would support me while I got the practice up and running, so we made a deal, and from that moment, I had exactly 12 months to get the show on the road.

–Carmen Dellutri

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