From Fleeing Civil War to a Fulfilling Life in North Texas Meet Rocio Gosewehr Hernandez
When I was 3 years old, my parents had the opportunity to move my two older sisters and me away from the civil war that was going on in our home country of El Salvador in the 1980s. By the time my family was able to leave, things in El Salvador had gotten bad. There were gangs recruiting in the streets and people disappearing, so when my father’s employer, Texas Instruments, offered him a position here in Texas, taking it was a no-brainer. My dad was so thankful Texas Instruments gave him the opportunity to move his family to the U.S. that he ended up working for them for 40 years. For the most part, my sisters and I grew up in Texas, and I’ve been in this area almost all my life. I attended Baylor University inWaco and only briefly left the State to attend Notre Dame Law School in Indiana. Even then, I only left because Notre Dame offered me a sizable scholarship. It was hard to be away from home, and today, I am happy to say that my husband, my two daughters, and I live right here in the community where I was raised, just a neighborhood over frommy parents, my sister, and my in-laws. After graduating law school, I practiced family law and then criminal law, but I didn’t love either of those two areas of practice. Next, I went to the defense side of injury law. In that role, I was exposed to a variety of big cases that required me to learn about new things, which I greatly enjoyed. “I realized I could actually help people in tough situations, whose physical health, careers, and daily lives had been affected by their injuries, go up against insurance companies, and recover what they had lost.”
It wasn’t until I worked on a case in which my client was both a claimant and a defendant, though, that I realized how much I preferred representing plaintiffs. Through representing that client, I realized I could actually help people in tough situations, whose physical health, careers, and daily lives had been affected by their injuries, go up against insurance companies, and recover what they had lost. I never looked back. When I first met Scott Snellings, he was sitting in as a I tried a case to a jury. Since we practice the same area of law, we ran into each other at various points after that. When I began looking for a job again, I wanted to work at a firm where everyone had the same vision of representation that I did, and I found that at Snellings Law. Obviously, the firm is a business and we need to make a profit, but Scott and I both believe that our first job is to take care of people, and the rest will follow.
–Rocio Go sewehr Hernandez
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