Friday Feature – Jesse Baez, Esq.

Life can sometimes throw us unexpected challenges.

JesseWhen it does, attorney Jesse Baez of Hairfield Morton Watson Adams will be there to help you every step of the way. Jesse Baez recognized his passion for law at an early age. Jesse’s parents immigrated to the United States from Puerto Rico and Colombia, and instilled in him a tenacious work ethic, which he uses to benefit each one of his clients. He is bilingual and regularly assists Spanish speaking clients. When things get messy, call Jesse! 804.320.6600

Where are you from?

I am from Holbrook, New York. It’s a suburban town on Long Island, about 40 miles away from New York City.

Where did you go to school and what did you study?

For my undergraduate studies, I attended McGill University in Montreal, Canada where I majored in Political Science and minored in history. For law school, I studied at Penn State- the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law.

Why did you become an attorney?

I became an attorney for two main reasons. First and foremost, I wanted to help other people during trying times in their life. Second, I desired a challenging and intellectually stimulating career. As a child, I loved games that involved strategy and critical thinking. Now as a practicing attorney, I am constantly faced with trying to out-think and out-smart the other side, especially in highly contested cases. I love what I do.

What advice can you give to a married couple thinking about filling for a divorce?

They should sit down and have a substantive conversation about what each of them think is a reasonable compromise for the divorce settlement. For parents, litigation is highly emotional and extremely expensive. Moreover, it’s rare that a party to a divorce action will be awarded by a judge every single thing that they ask for. A reasonable settlement will save a significant amount of money and heart ache for everyone.

Is it worth hiring an attorney to help with a regular speeding ticket? How about a reckless ticket?

It is usually worth it. Most courts will allow you to take driving school if it is a first offense speeding and you have a good driving record. However, an attorney can appear on your behalf and save you the hassle of having to take off work. For reckless driving, a ticket can land you up to a year in jail, a license suspension, or increased insurance rates.

What music do you like?

Classic rock, but if I am preparing for a trial or exercising, then my top pick is hip-hop.

What is the best restaurant in the area? 

This is a tough question. Richmond is full of phenomenal food. If I had to pick, I would say that Viet Houng or I-Thaiz are tied for the best south of the river. My wife and I absolutely love Asian food. North of the river, the best is Kuba Kuba. What’s not to love about paella, Cuban sandwiches, and tres leches cake?

 What would your last meal on earth would be?

A New York pizza pie, a New York bagel, and a slice of baklava.

What do you wish you had invented?

Facebook! It is not only worth a huge amount of money, but it has also had an enormous social and cultural impact worldwide.

Jesse and Erica Run

What are you passionate about?

My faith and church community, my beautiful wife, Erica, my family, and running. I try and run the Anthem half marathon and Ukrops 10K every year. Running is a great stress reliever.

What is your approach or philosophy to winning or representing a case?

My wife, who is also a trial attorney, is truly my better half. She taught me three critical questions to ask whenever I start a case: What do I have to prove, how do I prove it, and how do I admit the proof into evidence. I have found that asking these questions really helps me assess the strengths and weaknesses of my case, and also drives whether or not I settle a case.

Do you have any pets/kids?

Erica and I are expecting our first child, a baby boy, this summer. We’re extremely excited. We do not have any pets yet due to our very busy trial schedules. I would love to add a lab and a fat lap cat to our family soon.

What is your favorite charitable cause?

Generally speaking, I must say that it is outreach towards the underserved and poor communities in and around Richmond. Several fantastic organizations meet these needs. Erica and I support these causes through our church, Third Presbyterian Church.

What do you wish to improve on in 2018?

I am looking to build up the personal injury side of my practice in 2018. While a large percentage of what I do involves family or criminal law cases, I am eager to develop a strong personal injury practice over the next several years.

What law do you wish you could change most?

Mandatory minimum laws. There are a number offenses in Virginia where the legislature has mandated the amount of time a defendant must serve, and this completely takes away discretion from the judge (or jury). I strongly believe sentencing needs to be case and fact specific.

You can learn more about Jesse by visiting his website HERE

Mr. Jesse Baez, Esq

www.hmalaw.com

Hairfield Morton, PLC

2800 Buford Road

Suite 201

Richmond, VA 23235

 

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