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When did you decide you want to be a lawyer?
A Nicole:  From an early age, my parents thought I should pursue law because “my tongue was taller than my height.” I was a tiny but talkative kid who loved to read books silently and out loud. In high school and college, I competed in mock trial competitions and learned to love arguing in a courtroom, questioning witnesses, and understanding the statutes and rules that governed a legal issue. Ultimately, I could not imagine doing myself doing anything else. I am lucky that law school, two bar exams, and aggressively practicing litigation never changed my mind! I value the articulation and competition of practicing law, using my voice in written and oral argument, and taking a firm stance on an issue I believe in.

Danny: Growing up, my grandfather was my role model and hero – he still is. As a Holocaust survivor, he was instrumental in promoting and establishing the Illinois law requiring the mandatory teaching of the Holocaust in all public elementary and high schools. My grandfather inspired me with his strength, passion, and resolve in standing up for what was right, even if it was at odds with accepted standards and norms. This influence, coupled with my parents constantly telling me how much I love to argue, destined me to become a lawyer. Ironically, construction runs in my blood, as my father is a general contractor, who relied on his experiences as an aircraft mechanic for the Israeli Air Force. My grandfather, too, was a general contractor, and utilized the skills he was taught in concentration camps to afford his family a living. I am fortunate to have the ability to combine my love of the law with my knowledge and comfort with construction.

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What is your favorite part of living in Florida?

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Nicole: As a Southern California native, having grown up in Orange County and worked in Los Angeles, I thrive in a warm climate. I am lucky that when my husband matched for his surgical residency training as an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician, we landed in Miami. I now know that Florida is a state in which anything can happen. The culture and energy here are empowering, and people are willing to take risks and enjoy a festive lifestyle unlike anywhere else in America. I feel so fortunate to take long walks by the Brickell Bay all year long and explore unknown and popular restaurants that constantly open in our neighborhood. Best of all, it is almost always the perfect weather for an ice cream cone.

Danny: Coming from the cold suburbs of the windy city of Chicago, Illinois, I have a newfound appreciation and love for Miami winters. Having the ability and opportunity to be outside and active year-round is not something I could ever give up!  Apart from the weather, Miami’s eclectic and exotic culture is unparalleled, and its constant developing nature never ceases to amaze me. One of the best decisions I have ever made was to attend law school at the University of Miami School of Law after graduating from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011. Although I grew up in the Midwest, I am a Floridian and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.

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Where is your favorite place in the world to travel?

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Nicole: I love travel—the experience of hearing unfamiliar languages, observing different lifestyles, and trying new foods gives my own life in America meaning. With that said, one city I will always revisit is Paris, where I lived abroad in college. Paris fundamentally affected my perspective of life, as I recognized the value in slowing down and enjoying simple pleasures, such as a long conversation at a café or the morning’s first croissant from the local bakery. I also learned the value of personal and professional presentation, because you can only make a first impression once.

Danny: As an avid and passionate traveler that has been to over 40 countries, this is a tough question. But, my favorite country would have to be Japan for its unique culture, love of the arts, and delicious food. That having been said, my favorite city is Mexico City, Mexico—who can resist such abundant mouthwatering street food and good live music. Both Japan and Mexico’s copious museums, rich cultures, and captivating histories made quite a lasting impression on me.

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