Stories in which people discover their purpose through extreme situations in life, as well as the challenges faced along the way, are often inspiring. They often serve as a point of reference to demonstrate that the voices that sabotage the dreams of the community are often wrong when someone believes in their talents and abilities.
Experiences like starting a journey full of uncertainties, leaving all known surroundings, the country where you grew up, because you have no choice but to pursue freedom intuitively. The journey that thousands of migrants have always undertaken is not foreign to the personal story of one of the founders of The Ward Law Group, our attorney, Jany Martinez Ward.
Jany Martinez-Ward set out on an incredible journey almost twenty years ago, one that would ultimately determine the course of her life and career. When she was just fourteen years old, she embarked on a dangerous journey with her mother and little brother, traveling from Cuba to Venezuela and then across Mexico to get to the United States.
Nevertheless, things were not as simple as they had hoped when they arrived in the United States. After the family was detained at the border, Jany and her brother were taken into foster care and split off from their mother. That was a terrifying, confusing, and unsettling experience for a young girl who spoke little English.
Even though Jany didn't fully comprehend the circumstances at the time, she was aware of the enormous influence others had over her family's destiny. She promised herself that nobody should ever feel the uncertainty and powerlessness she did during those turbulent times.
But the difficulties were far from ended. When Jany and her family moved to Miami, her teachers were skeptical that a non-English-speaking child could become an attorney. But Jany never wavered in her resolve.
Undoubtedly, and as InTouch-Weekly highlights, those professors who lightly offered bad omens about our lawyer's professional choice were profoundly mistaken.
Today, we can witness the connection between clients and the firm. Many of them, being able to be served in their language, do not find themselves in the uncomfortable situation of being involved in legal proceedings in a language they do not know or do not fully understand.
Since The Ward Law has existed, they have secured a total of $500 million in settlements for their clients. The once financially deprived experience of being on the hook for immigration agents to decide on the fate of their journey now makes every penny count when it comes to asserting the rights of the community.
Many immigrants have been cheated in the past by signing documents that were not in their language, in addition to dealing with the traumatic situation that an accident in a country that is not their own can entail. Life has prepared our senior attorney to face these types of situations, now from a position where looking back is synonymous with momentum and events that have further strengthened her purpose.
The road has not been easy, but it has paid off. Martinez-Ward was named one of the top 40 under-40 trial lawyers in 2018 and 2019 by National Trial Lawyers. One of the top 10 attorneys in the country was recognized by The American Institute of Personal Injury Lawyers in 2018.
Even though there is still a long way to go, we can say that the immigrant community has gained in The Ward Law a sincere and concerned link to problems that this community needs to solve.
If God gives his toughest battles to his best warriors, in addition to constantly preparing them for their mission, our founder's story is certainly a crash course in how to become stronger and more sensitive to positively impact the lives of others.