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Like many people, my path in life has not been straight forward. Before entering the practice of law, I served with the New York City Police Department for twenty years. I worked on patrol in some of the toughest neighborhoods of New York City, including the 34th Precinct in Washington Heights and the 79th Precinct in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
As a Sergeant, I was assigned to the 6th Precinct in Greenwich Village, in addition to supervising narcotics teams in Harlem. As a Lieutenant, I was assigned to the 109th Precinct in Flushing as the Operations Coordinator. I retired in 2004 with the rank of Captain, and at the time held the position of Executive Officer (second in command) of the 112th Precinct in Forest Hills. During my police career, I had the honor of being awarded twenty-four medals for outstanding police work.
In my twenty years in the NYPD, I learned the values of integrity and respect for tradition; the importance of maintaining the highest possible standards of ethics and professionalism; to never take anything for granted; and to always be prepared for the worst.
While still working in the police department, I decided to take my passion for the law even further. I made sacrifices and attended law school at night, graduating from Touro Law School in 1997. I was admitted to the Connecticut State Bar in 1997 and the New York Bar in 1998.
After working for a small law firm, I decided to venture out on my own, where I could build a more solid relationship with my clients. I practice bankruptcy and consumer law because of the professional satisfaction that I receive from helping people through difficult times in their lives. That is the foundation of my Long Island Bankruptcy firm, which I remain committed to every day.
I could not have achieved my goals in life without the support of my wife Melissa. She is truly a remarkable person and I am so proud of what she has accomplished as the president and founder of Toys of Hope, a non-profit children's charity.
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