Melissa Stewart 2014-06-03 03:14:19
Esteban Escobedo, founder of the Law Offices of Esteban Escobedo, has wanted to be an attorney since he was a child. “When I was about 8 years old, I was listening to Disney recordings of Goofy singing Davy Crockett,” he said. “My dad told me I shouldn’t be singing about Davy Crockett because a great injustice was done when the United States invaded and took Mexico’s northern land while Mexico was vulnerable. Not very different from what Russia did to Ukraine,” said Escobedo. Escobedo was enlightened by what his father had taught him about his heritage. Furthermore, his father told him about Benito Juarez, a full-blooded Zapotec Indian, who went on to become an attorney and advocate for civil rights. “My dad pointed out that he was a lawyer and with his knowledge of the law he helped correct many injustices. He told me that I should be a lawyer and do the same,” he said. I grew up on the west side of Ogden, Utah that was 65% Latino. When I was in 6th grade my neighborhood school was closed and the children were bused to three different elementary schools on the other side of town. Despite this trauma, I strived to do well in school and graduated with honors and attended college. Escobedo is no stranger to hard work and overcoming the odds. “After finishing an internship at the Utah State Legislature while attending Weber State University, I came to Arizona alone in 1984 to attend Arizona State University,” he said. “I was the first in my family to graduate from college and law school.” His upbringing not only gave him the desire to fight for justice but the desire to excel. “While growing up in Utah, I witnessed injustice upon those who were honest but less-learned and dedicated myself to obtain a higher education so the same fate would not befall me,” he said. Like most adults, Escobedo found his real career calling over the course of a few years and a few jobs. “I started out preparing tax returns after taking courses at H&R Block,” he said. “After I was admitted to practice law, I began to take cases in areas I had experience in while clerking for attorneys. As the years progressed, I narrowed my practice to plaintiff’s personal injury and consumer bankruptcy.” When asked what he enjoys about his practice, he said, “The never ending learning process; not only in law but in all areas of study - science, sociology, taxation, philosophy and music to be a beautiful experience. It is not without its challenges, though.” It is the unexpected that keeps him on his toes. “There are many variables in each case and one can never predict an exact outcome,” he continued. “The key is to focus and prepare.” Escobedo endeavors to use his education and experience to help his clients. According to him, his clients are mostly hard working individuals who either made a mistake in life or were victims of circumstance. “I value my work and strive to assist my clients as I would want someone to help a member of my family,” he said. “I have assisted many people of various backgrounds with their legal issues.” To Escobedo, the pursuit of justice for his clients is more than just a job; it is a moral calling that he has had his entire life. “By helping others, we fill our souls with something money can’t buy,” he said. “Someday we’ll be gone and we will only have our works left behind to remind people who we were.”
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