Just 35 years ago, José Ginarte opened the first office of the law firm Ginarte guided by the clear conviction of helping and defending the rights of Hispanic workers who, like him and his family, came to the United States looking for new opportunities for life.
Comradeship, laughter, fun. These are some of the words that can describe the atmosphere that reigned during the Ginarte Lawyers’ Annual Family Picnic, held on Saturday afternoon September 9th at Surf City Restaurant in Jersey City.
She remembers the date accurately. It was December 16, 2013 and, like every day, Ruth Plazas had gotten up early. She was particularly happy, with only a few days left for her visit to her home country, Colombia, to spend Christmas and New Year with her mother, whom she had not seen for three years.
The hurricane season of 2017 will be recorded as one of the worst in the history of US natural disasters. On August 25th, powerful Cyclone Harvey arrived as Category 4 (of a scale of 5) and flooded several cities in Texas. Two weeks later, it was Hurricane Irma’s turn, also category 4, who in his turn impacted Puerto Rico, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. On September 20th, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico as category 4 causing catastrophic damage.
In this short interview I had the pleasure of speaking with Joe, founder of The Ginarte Law Firm. I had the opportunity to ask him a few questions about the start of our firm, the journey it’s been, and where he sees the firm going in the future. Many of us have worked closely with Joe and understand how busy he can be, in this interview alone he had three quick calls to make in between. There’s no time off it seems when it comes to Joe, but this only shows us the devotion and value that he has for our firm.
My name is Jessica Samayoa, I am a 51-year-old Guatemalan, and for nearly six years I have lived with the permanent consequences of a fall that could have been prevented. Like every Sunday, on November 20, 2011 I woke up early to do laundry, taking advantage of my kids sleeping and getting everything ready for the Thanksgiving holiday that was fast approaching. We had been living in this house for seven months, however, every time I had to go down to the basement, where the washer and dryer were, I did it with great care and fear. The carpet that covered the steps was not stable, there was no railing and, to top it off, there was a hole at the bottom of the stairs.
For more than five years, Steven Payne has taken the train from New Jersey to New York, he walks a few blocks and arrives at the Ginarte lawyers’ office in New York. Without knowing what challenges he will be faced with throughout the day, what is clear, is that he will have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people who need and are hoping for his help.
2017 is, without a doubt, a year of celebrations for the Ginarte Law Firm. Not only because it’s been 35 years since its founding, but also because this October will be the grand opening of the new headquarters in Newark, with double the space, more professionals and state-of-the-art legal services.
On August 24, 2011 Marlon Gomez was working for a small restaurant supply shop in the Bronx. While cleaning an exhaust hood, the product being used splashed into his eyes. The cleaning product contained a hazardous chemical, sodium hydroxide. When it splashed into Mr. Gomez’s face it resulted in total blindness to his right eye and severe loss of vision to his left eye.
You have a right to reasonable accommodations for your disability if they are necessary for you to perform the essential functions of your job. The problem in a situation like yours often lies in coming to an agreement about what is reasonable.