During his time practicing in New York, the City selected him to provide low and pro bono counsel to City Counsel constituents in Bronx County. He has lectured in English and Spanish in NYC public schools to educate students, parents, and faculty on cyber-bullying and civil rights. He has been extensively involved with nonprofits to educate minorities about immigration consequences and how they relate to criminal charges. And as if that weren’t enough, he was a prosecutorial volunteer for Project Safe Surrender, a governmentally organized community-based initiative geared toward clearing open warrants to reduce case backlogs.
Around the office, people say that Francisco works hard and always has a smile on his face. His clients value the breadth of legal experience he brings to the table, allowing him to provide sound advice in a wide variety of circumstances. They also appreciate that he’s straightforward, genuine, and calm in stressful situations. They frequently reach out to say hello even long after their legal matters have been resolved.
Francisco was the first person in his family to earn a doctorate degree. He was ranked in the top 10% of attorneys office-wide in the Kings County, New York District Attorney’s Office (think Brooklyn). During that time, he orchestrated the largest takedown of one gang in Kings County history, and he was the first non-City University of New York (CUNY) graduate accepted as an attorney mentor in their attorney incubator program.
In his spare time, Francisco loves fishing, camping, and chess (he even has two chess trophies!) Travel is also on his list of favorite activities.
While all of these career achievements and accolades are wonderful, for Francisco, his greatest accomplishment is raising his “spectacularly wonderful” daughter.