Dorf & Nelson’s Litigation Department Manager, Abbie Rodriguez, sworn-in as American Citizen

Dorf & Nelson LLP is proud to announce that its Litigation Department Manager, Abbie Rodriguez, has passed her citizenship test and was officially sworn-in as an American citizen on Friday, July 24, 2015.

On Friday, July 24th, Abbie Rodriguez (top left), was joined by her husband, Carlos E. Rodriguez (top right), and their two children, for her swearing-in ceremony in Connecticut.

On Friday, July 24, Abbie Rodriguez (top left), was joined by her husband, Carlos E. Rodriguez (top right), and their two children, for her swearing-in ceremony in Connecticut.

Abbie grew up in the Philippines with her mother, father, four sisters, and one brother. Her mother worked as a house keeper and babysitter and was the sole provider for Abbie and her five siblings. In 2002, upon earning her Bachelor’s Degree from Centro Escolar University in Manila, Philippines, Abbie made the courageous decision to move to the United States in pursuit of the ‘American Dream.’

Similar to many of those who move far away from home to the United States, Abbie started working minimum wage jobs to support herself and her family. Her two first jobs in America were at McDonald’s and a local flower shop. Motivated to do more, Abbie went back to school to become a certified paralegal, all while maintaining a job as a waitress. Her hard work and dedication proved to be a success, and in 2008, Abbie was offered a position at Dorf & Nelson LLP as a paralegal.

“It was not an easy decision to leave the Philippines, but I left because I wanted more for myself. My journey to citizenship was not always easy, but I am incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to not only work for Dorf & Nelson, but also to have grown within the firm,” Abbie said. “Dorf & Nelson is more than a job – Dorf & Nelson is my family, my second home.”

Abbie, a married mother-of-two, quickly rose through the ranks at Dorf & Nelson, and today, nearly seven years later, she manages the entire Litigation Department at the firm.

“We here at Dorf & Nelson are so proud of Abbie,” said Partner and Chair of the Litigation Department, Jonathan B. Nelson, Esq. “We have seen Abbie grow so much in the last seven years and couldn’t be happier for her. We’d like to congratulate Abbie for passing her citizenship test. She is the epitome of the ‘American Dream,’ and her journey to the top, as well as her journey to American citizenship, is truly inspirational.”

Abbie resides in Greenwich, CT, with her husband, Carlos E. Rodriguez, and their two young children. Her husband owns a custom picture framing store, “Palmer Art,” in Larchmont, New York.

Abbie Rodriguez (left) and her mother, Herlinda S. Binuya, were both sworn-in as American citizens.

Abbie Rodriguez (left) and her mother, Herlinda S. Binuya, were both sworn-in as American citizens.

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