Discovery with Deborah S. Gonzalez
Debbie Gonzalez on the joys of immigration law and the necessity of time travel
Published in 2017 New England Super Lawyers magazine
on October 17, 2017
Updated on October 3, 2019
I can’t go a day without … chocolate.
If you were in my office, you’d … enjoy my colorful flowery chairs and my décor of objects from various countries that clients have bought for me over the years.
The lawyer I most admire is … my husband, Roberto Gonzalez. Best immigration lawyer!
The quality I most like in a lawyer is … reasonableness.
My pre-trial routine is … to pray and to study the case.
When I started, I wish I knew … that opposing counsel didn’t know more than me.
My career high point (so far) has been … reuniting a mother and her 6-month-old baby.
I almost quit the law because … it took me three months to reunite the mother and the baby.
If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be … a baker.
When I win a case, I celebrate by … telling everyone I won a case. It never gets old.
The SCOTUS justice I’d like to meet is … The Notorious RBG.
A different practice area that intrigues me is … estate planning. I know it’s boring, but what can I say.
My fictional hero is … Batman.
My real-life heroes are … my parents. They sacrificed [their lives in] their home country to come to the U.S. to ensure that my siblings and I had a good life. It was no small task for them, and I admire them for it.
On weekends I … love to bake!
The talent I wish I had is … to keep my mouth shut.
I get angry when … people don’t know how to drive.
The three people I’d invite to dinner are … Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lopez and RBG. I think they are all strong women who have done a great deal for the women’s movement.
I wish I had invented … a time machine to give me more time to do all I need to do in a day.
The last TV show I binge-watched was … Downton Abbey—yes, I’m a bit behind!
Nothing cheers me up like … my dog, Nala.
My guilty pleasure is … watching the Kardashians.
My favorite word is … I don’t think we can publish it.
If I won the lottery I’d … open up a nonprofit law firm where I would hire only first-year law associates for two- or three-year positions, and represent indigent immigrants who were children, and battered women, for free.