Gabe’s story is one of ends and beginnings joined. He was born in Morningside Heights, and though his family left the neighborhood for a farm in Maryland, after 18 years he returned as a Columbia College anthropology major. He worked for a year as a fundraiser (and the only male employee) of The New York Women’s Foundation, and then returned yet again to Columbia for law school.
At Columbia, he sought to gain professional skills and serve the causes he champions. Gabe still volunteers at the Women’s Foundation. He spent his 1L summer at the ACLU, and he was President of the Latino Law Student Association. He and his teammate Lisa Sandoval won best brief in the National Native American Law Students Moot Court competition, and their brief was published this year in The American Indian Law Review. And all along, he has continued painting in his favorite medium: oil on canvas.
Through the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts clinic, Gabe realized the kind of law he wanted to pursue.
“Each week we were exposed to a new facet of entertainment law by some of the top practitioners in the field,” he said. He became interested in advertising and emerging entertainment issues like viral marketing and branded entertainment. “I love the creative and psychological elements of advertising and entertainment law, its cutting-edge legal work, and I hope to help shape the policies that develop.”
He leaves Columbia for the Entertainment Department at Loeb & Loeb, coincidentally located in the same Park Avenue building where his grandfather worked as a janitor after emigrating from Puerto Rico some 60 years ago.