When John Gomez founded Gomez Law Firm six years ago, he envisioned a business that would not only make a difference in the courtroom, but also in the community.
"We trial lawyers have a pretty bad name," said Gomez. "We wanted to change that, one good deed at a time."
Today, the firm's attorneys have realized that core value by acting as philanthropic and community leaders. Until last year, Gomez chaired the board of La Cuna, a nonprofit dedicated to finding permanent and loving homes for Latino foster children. Gomez was instrumental in negotiating a merger between La Cuna and the Chicano Federation, and now sits on the Chicano Federation's board.
The firm's attorneys also donate substantial time and money to M.A.D.D., the National Latino Peace Officers Association, the Community Youth Athletic Center and many other deserving local causes. And they do even more -- each year the firm sponsors a Thanksgiving dinner for San Diego at-risk kids who would otherwise go without a holiday meal. When they learned of a Marine who lost his leg in combat, the firm sent him an iPod to lift his spirits during recuperation.
"We do stuff like that every day," said Gomez. "We have been very successful in the practice of law, and because of that, feel like we have a responsibility to make a difference. It's really important to what we do."