Où sont nos alumni | Mitch Abeita, lawyer and professionnal baseball player, alumnus of the Maison des étudiants canadiens and the Fondation suisse
What are your job responsibilities?
My job is to advocate for the rights of injured individuals. After experiencing a traumatic injury that derailed my professional baseball career, I decided to attend law school to become a lawyer.
What are you passionate about?
I'm passionate about my work ethic among other things. If I want to accomplish something it usually takes 10,000 hours to get good at it. Law school was an opportunity for me to learn a new passion: trial advocacy. I really just switched one playing field to another. Since the traumatic injury detrimentally impacted my professional baseball career, I had to find another field to play on. I suppose the civil court room was the closest thing I could find to the adrenaline and excitement of baseball. I love baseball, and still play today. I have a game this Sunday with a league 35 and older. If I could play baseball for the rest of my life, it would be my favorite thing in the world.
I'm passionate about getting my clients the best results possible. Recently, a client texted me a photograph of the house she was going to buy in Puerto Rico from her personal injury settlement. That was an amazing feeling. For me, it's important to further my education to be the best lawyer I can possible. My clients regularly ask me whether a settlement covers my expenses. Thats because I give them my full attention and work diligently to get them the results they deserve. My passion is reciprocated by amicable clients. My clients want to know if a settlement covers my expenses because they care about my success just as much as I care about their recovery and compensation.
I'm passionate about fostering the development of young minds in education. I played professionally for 10 years, but always enjoyed coaching. It warms my heart to see a young person carving their path in life. It breaks my heart when I see them give up. At my law firm we have a saying: "Aqui Nadie Se Rinde" which loosely translates to "Nobody gives up here." My passion for my clients pours out in the court room. In 2019, I tried 17 civil jury trials to verdict before COVID-19 shut everything down. When I opened my own law firm in 2020, I had no way of knowing that court houses all over the United States would shut down and postpone in-person proceedings. Through hard work and determination, I was able to triple my business, and hire people back to work during a global pandemic. In 2020, I started a Summer clerkship to provide displaced law students an opportunity to replace the associate positions they lost when big law firms cancelled their summer law student programs.
Most of those trials were first chair victories. I'm passionate about developing my clients' stories for civil jurors. I want to help civil jurors understand the pain and suffering these people must endure daily. For them, it's like an alarm clock going off in their head constantly. To advocate zealously, I must paint a picture for the jury to understand. It must be captivating and educational. I must inform the citizens of that venue what has happened to my client's quality of life.
You lived in the Cité internationale in 2013, what did you like most about your stay ?
The Cite was an amazing place to learn from cultures all over the world. The opportunity to engage with cultures outside of the United States was inestimable.
Fun memory: in Paris, every weekday morning I would wake up and take a new Metro bus. I would ride one bus through all it's stops, then I would pick a place to explore. The next day I would try a new bus. After several weeks, I had visited many of the known attractions in Paris. This experience opened my eyes to architecture, culture, art, and foreign business. Each day was an adventure for me.