DBR Profile: Hinshaw's Ira Gonzalez Lives out His Dreams—All Three of Them
Hinshaw's Ira Gonzalez—a partner in the firm's Miami office—was the subject of a profile titled "Miami Litigator Achieves Childhood Dreams of Baseball, Municipal, Legal Careers," published by the Daily Business Review. In the piece, Gonzalez discusses his journey to become an attorney, which included getting to live out his dreams of playing baseball and also working in city government.
Gonzalez recalls the "three-way choice" that faced him as he wrapped up his undergraduate studies at Barry University, which he attended on a full scholarship for baseball. First, he was offered a free-agent contract with Major League Baseball's Anaheim Angels (now the Los Angeles Angels) to play on the team's Single-A team. Soon after, he signed up to take the LSAT (law school entry exam), and was also offered a job working for former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz.
"Early on I had a deep interest in understanding how we function as a society. What do cities do? What exactly is the role, and what do public officials partake in?" Gonzalez said. "I didn't think th[e] opportunity [with Diaz's office] would come up very often, so I took that instead of going to law school immediately."
After holding several roles in Miami government, many of which focused on land use and zoning issues, Gonzalez pursued his longtime dream to become an attorney. Now, a decade into his practice, Gonzalez—who focuses on litigation involving land use and real estate and regularly draws upon his experience in government to help his clients—says that he wouldn't change a thing.
Read the profile on the Daily Business Review website (subscription required)
"Miami Litigator Achieves Childhood Dreams of Baseball, Municipal, Legal Careers," was published by the Daily Business Review on July 13, 2020.