Education: La Salle University, Temple University Law School, Tsinghua University Law School, certificate of law in Chinese law (2008).
Career history: Governor’s Office of General Counsel, Department of State, United Nations’ International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (2007).
Family: Partner is Dileimys Franco and children … I’m enough for Dileimys to deal with!
Motto to live by: Go hard or go home.
Your proudest moment: Playing basketball internationally in Finland and Estonia.
Your biggest break: Randomly moving to and falling in love with Philadelphia!
What makes you tick?: Connecting with people. There is no greater joy for me than when I can be of service to someone.
Best career advice you ever got: Every decision you make in your business is a “vision decision” — the work is staying clear on your vision. If you do that, the rest falls into place.
Your biggest challenge: Working at the War Crimes Tribunal for the Rwandan Genocide.
Your biggest disappointment: Disappointment is the nurse of wisdom so with each disappointment, I try my best to learn from it.
Where you see yourself in five years: Running a mobile and global boutique law firm while owning a B&B in the Caribbean.
How you give back: I serve as chair of GALLOP (Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia), I’m an active board member for Equality Forum, Liberty City Democrats, the Victory Fund and the International Visitors’ Center. Lastly, I’m active in the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and serve on the Philadelphia committee for Lambda Legal.
Your first job: Selling soda cans to golfers on the 18th hole.
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