Community, culture, & lifestyle publication, Shoutout Miami, recently sat down with Keller, Keller, Caracuzzo, Cox & Belluccio associate attorney Luis Maroto. The following is an excerpt from his thought provoking interview:
We had the good fortune of connecting with Luis Maroto, Esq. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Shoutout Miami: Hi Luis, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Luis Maroto: I believe unequivocally that the reason I am where I am today is the result of constantly pushing myself to step outside of my comfort zone. When you step outside of your comfort zone you begin to learn things about yourself that you may not have otherwise known. Outside of your comfort zone is where true growth happens. I wanted to be a Lawyer since I was about ten because I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to be the voice for those who felt they did not otherwise have one. Unfortunately, one of my biggest fears has always been public speaking (how ironic). I was one the students who dreaded the days when they had to speak in front of the class. I was that student who got nauseous before his class presentations. But I knew what I wanted in life, and I refused to let my fears get in the way. So, what did I do? I took every speech class I could to force myself to speak in front of a class. I signed up for the classes where I would be forced to speak in front of an audience. I interned at law offices where I knew I would be in court speaking. I took every opportunity I could to improve my public speaking and I hated every step of the way. But as time went on, it became a little easier and eventually I started to notice improvements and slowly but surely, I started to develop confidence in myself and my ability to speak in front of others. What initially started as something I was terrified of slowly became something I not only grew to love but became passionate about. If I could get one point across to anyone it would be not to allow yours fears to get in the way of your goals.
Shoutout: What should our readers know about your business?
Luis: My first job as a Lawyer was practicing criminal defense at the Broward County Public Defender’s Office in Fort Lauderdale, FL. However, after almost three years there, I recently transitioned over to practicing civil law and now work as a Personal Injury Lawyer at Keller, Keller, Caracuzzo, Cox & Belluccio, a law firm in West Palm Beach, FL. We represent those who have been injured throughout the state of Florida. I am truly grateful to work at such an amazing firm that has like-minded people who care about what they do and the difference they are making in the lives of others. Here at Keller, Keller, Caracuzzo, Cox & Belluccio, we put the clients first, always. We are there for our clients every single step of the way and they know when they need something, we are there for them. We believe that our clients should be able to have access to their Lawyer and speak to them when they need to, so each client is provided with the personal cell number of their Lawyer so that when they need to speak with them, they can. But my favorite thing about this office is when we say we put our clients first, we mean it.
In Florida, attorney fees in personal injury cases are on a contingency basis. What that means is that unless the Lawyer recovers an amount for the client, the client owes $0 in fees. However, if the lawyer does recover an amount, they are then entitled up to a certain percentage. What a lot of people do not realize is that those fees are the first thing that come off that recovered amount and before the client receives their portion. Additionally, there are often medical bills that must be paid first before the client even sees a check. This can often result in the Lawyer making more money than the injured client. Here, we do not believe that is right, so if our fees are ever higher than what our clients are recovering, we literally reduce our fees and put that money into our clients’ pockets instead. I could not have asked for a better firm to work at and it is a beautiful thing to be excited to go to work every day.