Oscar Martinez joined the Antonini & Cohen team in November 2016 after seeing a job posting online for a customer service role. With a background in client services at Bank of America, he thought it sounded like a good fit. But he was also hoping the job would offer him a chance to make a measurable difference in the lives of others. Oscar and his family emigrated from Honduras in 2005, joining his father in Atlanta. He understood firsthand how complex and difficult the immigration process could be, especially when it came to reuniting families. “After my first interviews with Carolina Antonini, Marshall Cohen and other team members, I knew this was where I wanted to work,” says Oscar. He was hired immediately.
Oscar started off answering the phones, translating, and working with prospective and current clients—essentially putting all of his customer service experience to good use. As his understanding of the immigration process grew, so, too, did his responsibilities. “Everyone here has taught me something,” Oscar says. “Everyone wants to help out.” And because Antonini & Cohen promotes from within, Oscar is looking forward to continuing to see his role expand. Currently, Gwynne Davis, Antonini & Cohen’s Senior Paralegal, is helping him reach his next career goal of becoming a paralegal.
When he’s not at the office, Oscar spends as much time as he can outdoors. He regularly visits Stone Mountain, but his favorite hikes are at Kennesaw Mountain, just northwest of Atlanta. “The trees and exposure to nature there are great,” he says. If you see him on the trail, chances are he’ll be with his shih tzu, Faye, who doesn’t let her pint-sized frame slow her down.
With all that exercise, Oscar also enjoys tucking into a good meal—“anything non-diet,” he jokes. As a connoisseur of pho, the complex Vietnamese noodle soup, Oscar’s go-to restaurant is Pho 24 in Chamblee. And after a long day and a big meal, Oscar likes to scare himself silly with horror movies like “The Exorcism of Emily Rose,” or jump right back into the legal world—at least the fictional version—with episodes of “Law and Order.”
We’re glad to have you as part of the Antonini & Cohen team, Oscar!