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Cleary Gottlieb Pro Bono Team Helps Immigrant Family Establish Williamsburg Food Market

Friday, March 20, 2009

  • Organization: The Legal Aid Society

Thanks to the efforts of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP ("Cleary Gottlieb"), whose attorneys partnered with The Legal Aid Society's Community Development Project that included Brook Connell, an extern from Fried Frank Harris, Shriver, & Jacobson LLP ("Fried Frank"), an incredibly hard-working low-income Mexican family have realized their dream of owning and operating their own business. This immigrant-owned micro-enterprise, Quechol Products Inc., created nine new jobs in Williamsburg and put a low-income family in an ownership position and on the path to economic self-sufficiency.

Cleary Gottlieb associates Katherine F. Schulte and Gina Rebollar, Fried Frank extern Brooke Connell, retired corporate counsel Richard Nesson, and Rolando Gonzalez and Steve Falla-Riff, staff attorneys with The Legal Aid Society's Community Development Project, provided corporate and tax counsel, as well as extensive assistance with financing, licensing, permits, and construction-related matters.

The Grand Opening of Quechol Products Inc., located at 310 Graham Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, was celebrated earlier this month by family, friends, and this stellar legal team. Ambassador Ruben Beltran, General Consul of Mexico, and Guillermo Linares, Commissioner of the Mayor's Office Of Immigrant Affairs, attended the grand opening along with the Cleary Gottleib pro bono team and its partners from The Legal Aid Society.

Celebrating the grand opening of Quechol Market are, from left: Stephen Falla-Riff, Esq., staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society Community Development Project; Katherine Schulte, Esq., and Gina Rebollar, Esq., pro bono associates from Cleary Gottleib Steen & Hamilton LLP; and Rolando Gonzalez, also a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society Community Development Project.

Celebrating the grand opening of Quechol Market are, from left: Stephen Falla-Riff, Esq., staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society Community Development Project; Katherine Schulte, Esq., and Gina Rebollar, Esq., pro bono associates from Cleary Gottleib Steen & Hamilton LLP; and Rolando Gonzalez, also a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society Community Development Project.
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