CMM: Talk to us about how a boy from Ukraine wound up as a Partner at a Long Island law firm! Tell us about your immigration to the United States.
AY: I left Ukraine in the winter of 1991 and landed at JFK on January 31, 1991. As a seven-year-old, I didn’t give much thought to the life-altering change where we moved from one country to another where the language, customs, and nearly every aspect of life was different. My family and I adapted quickly. New York was now our home. I started second grade shortly after while still dealing with a language barrier. Through hard work, extra study, and ESL immersion, I caught on quickly. By third grade, I felt on par with other students. I’ve strived to excel and to do as best I could ever since.
CMM: You graduated from Brooklyn Tech, then Baruch College (Macaulay Honors College) before heading to Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. Why did you decide to become a lawyer?
AY: Becoming a lawyer was a goal even before high school. Our profession has a certain mystique and respect about it that always drew me in. Lawyers are expected to be reliable problem solvers and deal makers. From a young age I saw myself as a problem solver and knew this was always the path for me. I worked at several law firms through high school, college, and law school. Fortunately, each experience reassured me that I was making the right decision.
As of March 1, Arthur will be based in our Westbury office. Read the full interview