"In all things she was, and is, that rarest of beings - a professional acting from a core of integrity, compassion, and a true regard for the law and a desire for justice.""
I am a nurse and an attorney. Currently I work on a COVID unit caring for victims of this terrible pandemic. I am often thanked for my work, and asked how I can deal with the suffering and the realities of pain and death all around me, and I can say without hesitation that the main reason I am in a position to provide crucial nursing care today is because of the support, guidance and encouragement of Julie Gafkay.
I am humbled and privileged to say that Julie Gafkay agreed to represent me during a horrific time in my life. Almost a year before the pandemic, I was in a horrible personal and professional situation. I was not able to get out of bed for a month. I truly do not know what would have happened to me if I hadn’t found Julie. In many ways, Julie saved my life and my sanity. From the beginning to the end of my case (and even after), Julie was my saving grace, my light, my friend, my guardian angel, and my ADVOCATE in the purest sense of the word.
At no point with Julie did I EVER EVER EVER believe that Julie was motivated by money, or a desire for recognition, or by anything other than a heartfelt desire TO DO WHAT WAS BEST FOR ME. In point of fact, Julie literally walked away from an opportunity to make groundbreaking legal precedent because it would not have been in my best interest.
From the moment I first spoke to her, I knew that Julie had been sent to walk beside me through the hellish events that were unfolding. She listened to my story, she encouraged me and calmed me before I went into meetings, she took my calls, she literally wiped away my tears. Julie was not only my counselor, she was my confessor. She created a safe environment where I could share things that nobody knew about me. She never judged me, or lectured me, or patronized me. In the personal and professional black desert I inhabited, Julie was my safe space, an oasis of kindness, compassion, and wisdom. She was the light that I followed in the darkness of my fury and anger.
Julie gave me hope. Not fantasies, cliche pep talks, or empty promises. She never whitewashed the situations we faced, she never talked down to me, she was never condescending, and in all things she was, and is, that rarest of beings – a professional acting from a core of integrity, compassion, and a true regard for the law and a desire for justice.
In the harsh, complex, and nuanced world of litigation, Julie was my advocate and mentor. In my entire life, I have known few individuals who were truly kind. I have known even fewer who were kind, intelligent, and compassionate. Julie is all that, and more.