Barrios & Virguez January 2018

JAN 2018



Before I found my way to law, I was on the baseball team in college with the goal of playing professionally. Then my brother went to law school, and I saw how he was able to help people. That made the decision clear for me. I became a lawyer to change the pattern of professionals who mistreat people. I wanted to be the antithesis of the lawyers I saw growing up — the ones we think of when we imagine a movie villain. I wanted to provide an alternative option, showing people they matter. Now Keren and I work together to bring to life our mission to treat your case as if it were our own. We’re here to bring you justice and fight for the rights of the most vulnerable members of our community.

What happens if you bring a case to us and we know we can’t help you? We’ll tell you. We’ll lay out your options. Then, we’ll try to connect you with someone who can. At the least, we’ll do our best to give you answers and provide you with hope.

“I wanted to be the antithesis of the lawyers I saw growing up — the ones we think of when we imagine a movie villain.”

You read the incredible story from my wife and law partner, Keren, in our TREATING YOUR CASE LIKE IT’S OURS My story, although nowhere close to Keren’s, is also about growing up as an immigrant in the United States. My family came to the U.S. from Venezuela when I was 5, and we knew nothing of the culture or people here. It was a hard transition. Immigrants are very vulnerable, and there were people who took advantage of that. I saw people get cheated for a variety of reasons, sometimes by professionals, and it frustrated me to witness. As I got older, I noticed some of the people taking advantage of our community were lawyers. They would take a case knowing there was no remedy, no way they could help the person. They knew they could get away with it because, chances were, the person wouldn’t know how to do anything about it. I wondered how these lawyers, supposedly upholding the law, could live with the guilt of taking advantage of vulnerable people. ability to persevere is a quality I deeply admire.

Our firm works with nonprofits in our community, and they are a resource we often refer people to. If someone who has been a resident for a long time comes into my office because they want to become a citizen, unless they have serious criminal issues that’ll complicate the process, we’ll refer them to a nonprofit. Rather than taking their money, we’ll find a better option. That’s how we would want to be treated, so doesn’t it make sense if that’s how we treat you? We see it a lot in our community. Because many of us are unsure of our rights, we feel more threatened by the law than aided by it. As lawyers who identify with our clients, we’re here to help you navigate this world. You matter, your rights matter, and we’ll fight for them together.

Until next time,

–Jorge Virguez

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