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The Brad and Squeeze Show – A Q&A with Immigration Attorney Brad Bernstein

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In NewsWhistle’s weekly question-and-answer series, Clara Morgan speaks with some of her favorite influencers and finds out more about their lives and careers. This week, Clara speaks with immigration lawyer Bradford “Brad” Bernstein.

Not everyone finds their professional calling in life—for some people, such as immigration lawyer Bradford “Brad” Bernstein, the calling finds them!

After graduating from Brooklyn Law School with honors, Brad set out on his own with the goal of becoming a civil trial attorney. He opened up his civil practice within the confines of the Law Offices of Harry Spar, his then 82-year-old grandfather’s solo immigration practice.  But within weeks, a health emergency required that he take over and manage his grandfather’s immigration cases.  It didn’t take long thereafter for Brad to develop a passion for helping immigrants to make better lives for themselves and to find their American dream.

Along with counseling clients with immigration-related issues ranging from obtaining work visas and green cards to preventing removal and deportation as President and managing partner of the Law Offices of Spar & Bernstein, Brad offers assistance to immigrants in the United States and foreigners around the world through his digital broadcast show on Facebook Live twice daily, at 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM EST that is simulcast in the New York tristate area on WVIP (93.5 FM).

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1. How and when did you first realize you wanted to be a lawyer?

After taking a public speaking class at the University of Michigan. I was really good at it, made everyone laugh and won all my debates.   At one point, I actually considered stand-up comedy, but believed my talents as a public speaker would be better utilized as an attorney. Helping people and changing lives is extraordinarily fulfilling.

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2. What is your biggest career highlight to date?

Creating a successful daily FM radio show and digital live broadcast. Through my broadcasts, I’ve been able to impart my legal knowledge and empower hundreds of thousands of people in the New York tri-state area and around the world to better their lives.

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3. Any celebrity clients or memorable stories related to your business that you want to share?

Ironic celebrity client story: A very famous anti-immigrant conservative pundit asked me to represent his Latina nanny in a deportation proceeding. He said that he desperately needed his illegal nanny in the United States because his kids rely on her. We got her a green card; but, oh the hypocrisy!

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4. How would you describe your personal style?

Sophisticated, well-dressed, approachable, and comfortable.

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5. What is a typical day in your life like?

Crazy busy! 12 -14 hour days producing and hosting two live, hour-long digital and radio broadcasts, and then meeting with dozens of clients and solving their problems. I also manage a 20 plus attorney law firm, which requires daily huddles and meetings with the immigration, personal injury, criminal defense, matrimonial, tax, and client services departments. There are also daily meetings with the business side of the law firm which includes the marketing, finance, and human resources departments. I also find time to go to the gym and wind down the day in a beautiful quiet restaurant with a nice dinner and a glass of Bordeaux or Don Julio 1942 on the rocks.

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6. What are three never-miss events on your calendar?

The Brad and Squeeze Show Monday through Friday 9 am and 12 noon; Thanksgiving Day Parade (so New York); and July 4th weekend in the Hamptons (when you need to get out of New York).

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7. What are your three favorite locations in the city?

North Cove Marina at Battery Park Brookfield Mall on a sunny hot summer day (outside seating at a restaurant overlooking the river); Central Park during the first snowfall of the year (simply beautiful); and Smorgasbord in Williamsburg in the fall and spring (I ride my bike across the Williamsburg Bridge from Manhattan to burn off the calories).

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8. What are your three favorite restaurants in the city?

Nobu for the best Japanese, Cut for the best steak, and Rubirosa for the best pizza in the city!

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9. What about your three favorite bars?

Boom Boom Room at the Standard Hotel, Gold Bar, and Vandals.

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10. What has been your best New York moment? What about the worst?

The best: Getting lost on a beautiful sunny weekend day amongst the shops, stores, people watching and sounds of the West Village.  After all, only in the West Village could West 10th Street cross West 4th Street and Waverly Place! The worst: Any day on the subway during rush hour!  Smelly, crowded, and slow moving is not a good combination!

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11. Name your go-to: 

a. Outfit – Blazer, white button down shirt (two buttons open on the top), pocket square, jeans and sneakers.

b. Fragrance – Terre D’Hermes

c. Movie – Trading Places

d. Book – A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr

e. TV show – Curb Your Enthusiasm

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12. Name your favorite vacation spot, and the hotel you stay at while there. What makes these spots special?

The Grand Hotel Quisisana in Capri (simple pleasures—swimming in the Mediterranean, hiking deserted cliffs, and scarfing down bowls of fresh pasta), Burj Al-Arab in Dubai (grandest, most luxurious hotel in the world with warm blue waters in the middle of a shopping mecca), and the Four Seasons in Anguilla (White, powdery sand that stretches for miles, pristine waters, and welcoming laid-back attitude to de-stress from life).

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13. What are your three most played songs?

“Location” by Khalid, “Ready for It… “by Taylor Swift, and “Body Like a Back Road” by Sam Hunt.

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14. What are three items you couldn’t live without?

Air, food, and water. Anything else money can buy and I can live without.

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15. If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

Elon Musk. He is extraordinarily successful at creating what he dreams of.

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16. What is something people might not know about you?

I don’t keep a calendar. All my appointments are in my head. I somehow remember where I have to be at all times.

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17. When did you feel like you had “made it” professionally?

When I expanded my office to lease an entire floor spanning a city block in New York City.

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18. Do you have any advice for aspiring lawyers?

Anyone can read a book and spit out the law. The successful attorney will inspire confidence in his or her clients and make them feel at ease; that’s ultimately why a client will hire you.

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19. What changes do you think the legal profession will undergo in the next 5-10 years?

As for immigration law and policy, climate change will be the single biggest driver of change. Due to drastic weather patterns and natural disasters that result from it, more places will become less inhabitable; and poor countries will not be equipped to adapt their economies to these realities.  As a result, migration will continue despite any walls Mr. Trump might build.

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20. Is there anything else you’d like to share, discuss or promote?

The Brad & Squeeze Show, live on Facebook weekdays at 9 am and 12 noon Eastern Standard Time.  After all, “Everyone Has A Right To The American Dream!”

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All images courtesy of Brad Bernstein