Get to Know Me
Get to Know Me
Books currently reading
Rebecca by Daphen du Maurier, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick
Lencioni, and The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. I just finished
The Storied Life of AJ Fikery and The Rosie Effect – love them both!
Word that best describes you
Most prized possession
Family / friends, pictures
Dance Hall Crashers, Bad Religion, Madness, Thrill Kill Kult, Love &
Rockets, The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bauhaus, TSOL, 7 Seconds,
Operation Ivy, Rancid, NIN, Bigod 20, Front 242, Offspring and many more
ska punk, gothic and industrial bands you probably have never heard of.
Singing, painting, cooking, swimming, and reading
Pulp Fiction, The Godfather series, Underworld series, and X-Men
When not working
Sleeping and reading, but that hardly ever happens with three small children
“Success is obedience to a structured way of life” Operation Ivy
If you had one wish
To be skinny and eat ice cream every day! Just kidding. I would wish for
You’re on Survivor… what one item do you bring with you and why?
I will never tell.
Q & A
What was it about the legal field that drew your interest?
My original reasons for entering the legal field stem from my passion
for International Politics. Unfortunately, my father contracted cancer
while working with chemical weapons (specifically Agent Orange) during
the Vietnam War; he was in the United States Marine Corp. From a young
age I was attracted to the fight for justice and human rights. During
undergrad, I was positive I wanted to prosecute war crimes in the International
Court of Justice. After law school or possibly during my first year summer
internship at a criminal firm, I realized I much preferred civil litigation
over criminal law.
What are you most proud of at Geraci?
We are a very unique firm and offer a different approach to the practice
of law in that we believe that our job is to provide our client with traditional
and non-traditional solutions. We banished the old law firm mentality
of prolonged indirect client communication. Instead we are dedicated to
constant communication with our clients via email, text, and chat platforms.
What banking law or regulation would you like to see changed?
Where do I start? The myriad of banking laws and regulations make it almost
impossible to practice in the field without a specialization. The Consumer
Protection laws, while originally created to protect the consumer, only
now serve to harm them. Many non-traditional lenders and loan servicers
will not make consumer loans or service them due to the consumer protection
laws such as the California Home Owner’s Bill of Rights. This severely
limits the consumer’s ability to obtain financing for real estate;
thus it only serves to help eliminate the American Dream of homeownership.
The high penalties non-traditional lenders and loan services face for
even the most mundane mistake is just too high to risk for them.
If you could go back and change any aspect of your life, which would it be?
I do not have many regrets, but if I could change one thing it would be
to spend more time with my kids. They are growing up so fast and I am
regretting not spending more time with them and less time at the office.
What wisdom could you offer aspiring attorneys?
Get into the best law school you can and start to market ‘you’
from day one. Stay honest. Never sacrifice your integrity for anyone,
any job, or any cause. Always keep your word. If you make a promise, make
sure you follow through with it. Your reputation inside and outside the
legal profession is gold; do not tarnish it.
Tell us about one of your favorite clients and why you enjoy working with them?
I have a few clients with whom I love to work, but Socotra Capital is
at the top of my list. The fund is run by very hard working guys who are
honest and reasonable. They base their decisions on logic and fairness.
They are in the business to make honest money and not a fast payout or
take advantage of others. I have seen a lot of different lending operations
during my tenure and they are one of the cleanest, practical, and equitable
lending firms around.
Who has had the most impact on your career?
My children. Without them I would not work as hard or as many hours that
I do to ensure their future.
Who is or was the most influential person in your life?
My mother. She sacrificed so much for so many years to support me and
my sister on her own. She was a tough single mother who taught me I could
do anything and be anything I wanted. She also taught me not to let anything
or anyone hold me back. She said, “Believe in your dreams and they
will become your reality.”
What’s the toughest business decision you’ve ever made?
I make tough decisions every day. Settling an unfair and unjustified case
because it is cheaper for my client to pay off a bogus claim than fight
it out in trial happens often, and it is one of the toughest decisions
to make. Litigation is expensive. My job is to get my client into a position
to pay as little as possible as soon as possible to avoid the cost of
protracted litigation. Even when I know my clients is in the right.
What is your proudest achievement?
Geraci Law Firm, my marriage, and my precious children. Together they
encompass who I am and I am very proud of them and what they stand for.
What’s it like working at Geraci?
Crazy! We do not call this the “Un-Firm” for nothing. We are
a special bunch and work well together. We laugh together, hang out together,
and sometimes fight it out together. We are really like a family. We may
argue, but we can always depend on each other.
What was it that drew you to open Geraci Law Firm?
I always wanted to work for myself, but I knew I wanted a firm and did
not want a solo practice. I felt I could do things different from other
traditional firms and make the practice of law fun, enjoyable, and profitable
at the same time. Anthony and I have started a unique firm and we have
seen it grow from our initial vision into what is today; a multi-faceted
full service real estate firm run by passionate, progressive, intelligent
people who think outside the box.
What can we learn from the past in our business?
Over regulation and dishonesty kill an economy. Keep our clients honest
and prudent and we will always have plenty of business.