Discovery with Gabriel Ozel

Gabriel Ozel can say Shl’am lak; just don’t ask him to say ‘irregardless’

Published in 2018 San Diego Super Lawyers magazine

By Gabriel Ozel on March 30, 2018


I can’t go a day without … coffee. Black, no sugar.

My colleagues would be surprised to know that … English isn’t my first language; Aramaic is. 

The quality I most like in a lawyer is … honesty. 

When I started, I wish I knew … more. Law school should better prepare you for actual practice.

A different practice area that intrigues me is … sports law. I have wanted to represent athletes and/or work with franchises since I started playing sports as a kid. 

My real-life heroes are … my mom and dad. My parents immigrated to Canada from Turkey and worked every day to give me and my sister everything. They sacrificed everything for us.

If I had a time machine, I would … go back in time to invest in Google and Apple.

The last TV show I binge-watched was … Game of Thrones.

My guilty pleasure is … bad reality TV: The Challenge, Vanderpump RulesLove & Hip Hop, 90 Day Fiancé. And Floribama Shore. So bad, but so good.

On weekends I … golf, and hang out with my wife and family.

My least favorite word is … irregardless.

If I won the lottery I’d … retire and go to Maui more often. I’d also try to vacation at places around the world with nice golf courses. Oh, and I would hire a personal chef and assistant.

Living or dead, I would most like to have a drink with … Larry David. The man created Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm!

I get angry when … people don’t thank you for holding the door open for them.

The most annoying thing about my job is … Nothing. How can stress, billable hours and arguing with people all day be annoying?

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