Djinji La Belle Crocker, Operations Analyst
International SBA Communications Corporation
-Boca Raton, Palm Beach
For me, I have loved working from home. I feel a lot of peace and silence since since I don't have children yet, I am alone during the day. My faithful companion at work is my little dog Bellito every day.
Working from home has saved me almost 2 hours a day commuting. I've had time to cook more and try different cooking recipes. It has also allowed me to clean and organize every space in my house, and to enjoy more of nature in my neighborhood while I run or ride my bike.
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From the Reinfeld / Cabrera / Tison Law Firm
a lawyer who achieved the American dream,
thanks to his mother who taught him
the hard work and dedication to achieve it
He was born in Venezuela but his entire family is from Peru where his father and brothers still live
Michael Cabrera is a lawyer who when meeting him gives him confidence and encouragement for his human sensitivity and empathy towards each case that falls into his hands. He has been part of the Coral Springs City-based Reinfeld-Cabrera-Tison Law Firm since 2012, specializing in personal injury and estate / estate planning.
Why did you decide to come to the United States and in what year?
My mother was a single woman with a son seeking the American Dream. He did everything he could to give me the freedom I didn't have. The opportunity to be what you want. She had nothing upon entering the United States in 1980 but she showed me that with hard work and dedication, dreams come true. "Thank you mom for the life you gave me."
Attorney Cabrera was born in Caracas, Venezuela, but his family is from Peru.
What has it meant for you to start a business in this country with laws and regulations different from those of our countries of origin?
It has meant a lot to start a business in the US It is a nation that prides itself on providing opportunity to people who are willing to work hard for their dreams. I have been very grateful for what they have given me and creating a business that has fed and continues to feed my family and fight for the greater good.
What has been the most difficult for you in the operational part of your business?
The hardest part of operating my firm is being able to find time to enjoy my two beautiful daughters who are 2 and 4 years old. Owning a business is not a 9 to 5 job. You constantly work long hours for the benefit of the firm and clients. I love my clients and I love my family. It breaks my heart when my four-year-old daughter, Daniella, says Dad, can you play with me? Why do you work so much? Finding a happy middle ground is difficult.
What recommendation do you want to give to businesses that start in this same field?
I would recommend to any new business that wants to start in my field to start by doing their homework. Research the field and find ways to get creative and learn about your competition. It's easier to do this early in one's business than later, since you're not that busy. Take the time, before you start your business, to really get to know the field and create your business plan.
If you had not started this business, what other business would you have liked to develop?
If I hadn't started this business, I probably would have been working for someone else in the business world.
Upon retirement, do you plan to return to your home country or stay in the United States?
I love this country. I served my country. I am a veteran. This is the country I grew up in, so I would stay in the United States. I would love to visit my homeland but not live there.
What makes them different from others in the same exercise?
What makes our law firm different from all others is that we pride ourselves on customer service and accessibility. We are always accessible to our clients and we don't mind talking to them on the weekend and outside of business hours. We offer free initial consultations via zoom, in-person meetings, and over the phone. With the Personal Injury field, we take contingency cases. That means I get paid if we win the case. There are no upfront fees. At no cost to the client, unless we reach an agreement. We bear all the risk, not the customer.
We believe in justice for our clients and will support them until justice is served. If that means taking a case to trial, we will. Most law firms do not take cases to trial. We are hired by other law firms to do their litigation work.
What sets me apart from my peers is that I am a veteran of the United States Army. I served the land that I love. I was in the United States Army from 1997 to 2001. I was stationed in various areas around the world. Then I joined the Florida National Guard.
Do you have any particular anecdote that has marked your life?
All of my clients have impacted my life at one point or another. As a lawyer, I take my job very seriously and do everything in my power to help them. I constantly think of ways to better help them and solve their cases.
What has been the most difficult case you have ever had?
Each case is different and has its own challenges. The most important thing when handling any case is to always be positive and discuss the matter thoroughly with the client. The decision should be left to the client after the attorney gives them all the available options.