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Emmanuel A. Fishelman

Litigation Associate
Antexana & Antezana LLC

Emmanuel FishelmanSince becoming an attorney in 2014, Emmanuel A. Fishelman has committed himself to community service and to using his skills to benefit the Latino community. At Antezana & Antezana, LLC he leads the personal injury litigation group, working almost exclusively with the Hispanic community.

At the young age of 28, Fishelman was elected president of the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association, where he spearheaded the annual gala, raising more than $15,000 and selling the most tickets in the organization’s history. Fishelman’s leadership has also paved the way for the organization to hire its first-ever executive director, an important step in solidifying MHBA and Latino contributions in the legal community.

Fishelman takes on pro bono work, sponsoring expungement clinics and volunteering at immigration clinics. In 2018, Fishelman successfully litigated a case helping a 16-year-old Salvadoran minor obtain legal status. He uses his fluency in Spanish to assist litigants, as language is often a barrier to justice, Fishelman said.

“Many, if not all, of my clients are Spanish-speaking and are often at risk of disenfranchisement. Many of my clients do not have legal status in this country. Many have significant financial limitations. I am proud of my work as a trial attorney and believe that providing a voice for such individuals positively impacts the legal and broader community by promoting equal access to justice,” Fishelman said.

I believe that it is important for members of the legal community to assist those stepping into the legal profession. This type of community service helps to connect generations and to bolster the legal community as a whole.”

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2019 Leadership in Law awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.