Local Lawyers: Learning About Law from Sacco & Fillas
By Ilija Sekulovski
When did you meet?
Elias: We met sometime around 2001 when i graduated law school, and Elias recommended me for the position.
What made you want to be lawyers?
Tony: You get the itch when you’re in college about to graduate. You start looking for a job, and looking at different options. For me, the option was law.
Elias: For me, it was probably when we had a family issue when I was 18 years old. I had a really bad experience with an attorney, and it made me realize I wanted to become one.
What kind of law do you specialize in?
Tony: We’re a 25 attorney law firm, basically a general practice. We specialize in all areas, we’re not sole practicioners. We have a team of commercial lawyers, paralegals, real estate lawters, person injury lawyers, everything. We cover it all.
What’s the most interesting case you’ve had?
Elias: We recently recieved national attention when we represented the recent Spiderman Broadway show. Actors were injured and they came to us for representation. We’ve also done personal injury cases when a client was killed by a defective product. We’ve had high profile criminal cases – some of our clients have been in the news for murder cases.
What would most people not expect happens at a law firm?
Elias: The late hours. Sometimes we’re here until 2 or 3 am, preparing everything properly, for a case that’s meeting in just a few hours.
Tony: We’re always here. We have a reputation of always being reachable – we’re available 24 hours.
Do you have any advice for students that want to pursue a profession in law?
Tony: Don’t be a lawyer for the sake of being a lawyer – do it because you have a passion.
Elias: If you dont have passion for being a lawyer, no matter how intelligent you are, if you don’t have your heart behind it and don’t believe in your cause, you won’t succeed. You need the passion, the fire in your eyes. You have to want to truly fight for your clients cause.
Why did you want pick Astoria as your central location?
Elias: Hundreds of our clients are in Astoria. I was born in Mt. Sinai hospital and raised here, this is my neighborhood.
Tony: I grew up near here, as well, and it seemed like the perfect location.
Do you accept interns?
Tony: Yes, we have two interns from Astoria. One just graduated and has been offered a full time position with us. We always encourage interns to contact us.
You can learn more about Sacco and Fillas law firm by visiting them at saccofillas.com