Anabel Rosa — A Personal Perspective
A diverse background that led to personal injury law
Anabel Franceschini Rosa's sights were not originally set on the legal profession. Born in Puerto Rico, she initially came to the United States in order to attend Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications. Her goal was to become a broadcast journalist.
"I loved communications, meeting people, getting information, news gathering," Anabel said. "It all held great interest for me. I really couldn't see myself doing anything else."
A woman of many interests, she graduated with a BS in three subject areas: Television production, Spanish literature and psychology. She continued her education at Syracuse University, obtaining an MA in Spanish literature while working as a teaching assistant in Spanish.
From public service to serving those injured
Following graduation, Anabel moved to New York City where she accepted a position as a reporter for a bilingual television station. While preparing a news story, she met then-Manhattan Borough President David Dinkins, which led to a position as his Assistant Press Secretary. When Dinkins became Mayor in 1990, Rosa went with him to City Hall.
As Assistant Press Secretary for the Mayor, Anabel initiated and executed media strategies for the mayor, deputy majors and city agencies; wrote and edited speeches and press releases; wrote Spanish-language articles for metropolitan news media; and other tasks. Overtime, she came to realize how little she truly knew about U.S. politics, history and the Constitution. Exploring these areas became a fascination for her.
"I became fascinated with the Constitution, Constitutional Law and how it all works," she said. "That led me to believe that the next logical step was to go to law school and learn about the judicial system — even if I worked as a press secretary for the rest of my life. I spoke to Mayor Dinkins about my interest in U.S. history and law and he encouraged me to go to law school. He said I'd make a great lawyer."
Anabel selected Brooklyn Law School for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was the ability to attend school at night so she could work during the day. Throughout law school, she worked at a prominent New York City law firm assisting with sexual harassment, civil rights and First Amendment cases.
A focus on civil rights and negligence cases
Following graduation, Anabel took a position as a litigation attorney focusing on civil rights and negligence cases in a New York City law firm. This job was a natural complement to Anabel's interest in the U.S. Constitution.
"The U.S. Constitution is as brilliant a document as humans can create," she said. "It is an imperfect document to be sure, but the country was so well structured, so ahead of its time. Its funny that I got involved with Civil Rights law, which came with amendments to the Constitution. But the amendments were not an afterthought. They were provided for in the document. They were always meant to be there."
"The fact that society can make decisions affecting entire groups, and I can be part of making sure they are executed correctly, fascinates me."
After two years, Anabel moved to Upstate New York and became managing attorney for a personal injury law firm. While there, Anabel began to fully appreciate the value of personal injury law.
"I help people every day from this desk," Anabel says. "Pain is real. Suffering is real. People who have not been hurt may not understand. When people get badly injured, they often sit home alone, with no one to understand what they are going through, what they are feeling."
"It does make me feel good that I can help so many people after they've been injured."
One case that meant a lot to Anabel was getting a fair settlement for a severely injured construction worker who spoke only Spanish.
"He told me he tried to meet with several lawyers before me, but no one else was able to understand what he was trying to say," Anabel said.
Lessons learned as a youngster
Anabel learned the value of helping people as a young child. Her mother, a public school social worker, once housed a young girl because the school bus didn't go where her family lived. Young Anabel and the girl shared a room for eight years. Anabel's father, a public school teacher, had the same spirit. Anabel remembered going door-to-door as a child raising money for students who needed assistance.
Anabel, her husband, and their two children, moved back to Puerto Rico in 2003, where Anabel accepted a position as a litigation attorney before opening her own practice. In addition to her professional work, Rosa taught online law classes for the University of Phoenix, as well as Sunday School classes for the children of North Point Baptist Church in Dorado, Puerto Rico.
Anabel began her tenure at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin in 2010, where she works as an attorney in the Personal Injury Department.
Outside of work, Anabel enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children. Her hobbies include running and reading.