There numerous uber-talented people who succeed despite their physical limitations, proving that determination to achieve goals is all that matters.
Even though individuals with disabilities have to push hard to overcome barriers in their professional lives, their strength of character makes all the difference.
“I have a firm belief that many individuals can do wonders with the right support. While not everyone is genius, a good company and support can even empower physically challenged people to relish their lives, to the fullest,” says Robert Wayne Pearce, a quadriplegic attorney who is known for knocking out fraudulent investment brokerages in courtrooms.
In 1976 the former dental school student suffered a fall from a horse, leaving him with quadriplegia for the rest of his life. Yet, it was due to the support of his buddies, Robert Pearce rose above all the unfavorable circumstances, becoming the top attorney across the nation. “I always tell people never to underestimate the courage of disabled; after all, disability is not at all an inability. Without a shadow of a doubt, if my lifeguard friends would not have pushed and motivated me to apply for the joint law and business degree program at Hofstra University, I would have never mustered the guts to get this far in my career,” he says.
Robert Pearce emphasizes that the company you keep defines your pathway in life, and one must always be mindful of it. “If you keep company with folks who undermine your capabilities and pity you for your physical limitation, then you are certainly doomed. All you need is a bunch of genuine friends, who trust in you more than you do yourself and never sympathize but encourage you to rise above all odds,” he says.
The renowned trial attorney, Robert Pearce is an established Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration lawyer, who has had massive victories against major brokerage houses, including Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo Advisors, and Citigroup, in cases spanning allegations of misrepresentation, negligence, mismanagement, and failure to disclose conflicts of interest
For his exceptional professional progress, Attorney Pearce has earned AV Preeminent rating, the highest rating possible through the Martindale-Hubbell peer rating program. Pearce is also named as the Florida Super Lawyer via Thomson Reuters for Securities Litigation.
As an active member of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Robert Pearce is also a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a group in which fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are welcomed. In light of his tremendous achievements, including the numerous million dollars and multi-million dollar awards he has won for his clients, Attorney Pearce became a part of this prestigious forum, adding another feather to his cap.
In 2011, Pearce was late to a hearing before U.S. District Judge Daniel T. K. Hurley. Upon inquiry, Pearce told that when he tried to park near the West Palm Beach federal courthouse in the disabled spaces, police told him to park across a major street and down a hill far from the courthouse, as the nearby spots were a restricted-employee lot. The furious Judge Hurley contacted Chief U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno, which led to allocating the two employee spots for disabled access.
Robert Pearce also made it to Daily Business Review finalist for its “2013 Most Effective Lawyer” honor after winning a $2.75 million award won for his client. The long list of accolades is a clear indication of Attorney Pearce’s expertise, knowledge, and level of commitment to make justice accessible for each and every one of his clients.
The incredible attorney also reveals that the journey to the top is never easy. “It gets tough specifically when you have physical limitations. People will jeopardize your determination and underestimate your will to achieve success. I had my fair share of disappointments as well, along with failing to persuade law firms to hire me post-graduation. With over 30 interviews, and no offers, and desperate job-hunting, the road to success was perhaps all bumpy,” he shares.
Yet, today, standing as a classic example of disability is never inability, Robert Pearce inspires millions of people across the globe.