Zachary P. Bealer 1989-2022 “Work is love made visible.” – Khalil Gibran
We dedicate our work to the memory of our dear friend Attorney Zachary Bealer, who gifted us with his friendship, joyful presence, laughter, and intense passion for serving immigrants.
We could write volumes about him, but Zach’s own words, written when he started with our firm, are much more powerful:
“I was first exposed to the hardships immigrants face while on an alternative winter break trip to Immokalee, Florida. There, migrant farmworkers work tirelessly picking tomatoes that are later sold to fast-food chains and supermarkets. It was at that moment I made it my goal to do something to prevent the exploitation of those often left without a voice in the United States.
To be an effective advocate I knew I needed to become fluent in their language, so I spent three years living in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, where I formed deep relationships and gained a more profound understanding of the culture. Having the fortune to spend time alongside people fleeing their country and witnessing first-hand the reasons why further solidified my decision to pursue a career as an immigration attorney. It was with this knowledge and passion that I returned to the United States and began my law school career.
Being an immigration attorney at Martinez Immigration Law allows me to do what I love best – interact with immigrants, listen to their stories, and fight for the rights of those who often face an uphill battle. I feel honored to be able to do so alongside others who share the same passion.”
We too are honored to have worked alongside Zach and are forever grateful for the many gifts he gave us during his short time on earth.
I’m very sorry for what happened, he was very kind to us. My condolences. He was a great person to us, very attentive to everything. My condolences to you, his family, may God give him much peace.
I would like to have known Zach a lot more to describe how he lived his life, but the little that I knew him and the little that we talked, I knew that he was a great person and that wherever he is he will continue to be. I told him he was special; I liked his empathy and his way of talking to me in “vos,” how I talk. Wherever he is, I know that he will be fighting for many of us to win our cases and that from there, he will be aware of everything that happens and to a certain extent, he will take care of us. THANK YOU, Zach, for crossing my path, thank you for all the legacies you left on this Earth. Know that you will live forever in those who met you, and that we will continue to tell your story until eternity. So long, Zach. You will always be the best. Here you will be missed, but you will be remembered with that smile you always had on your face.
Atte. Your friend and client from El Salvador
Attorney Zach was a very good person and a good attorney with me and my husband. He was always friendly and answered our questions. He was very attentive to our case for the time he had it. He will be missed, and we thank him for all he did for us.
For us, Attorney Zach had something very special, and it was his humility and charisma. He was such a kind man and we felt very comfortable with him. It is sad to know that he is no longer in this world, but I think he managed to fill the hearts of many people with his incomparable friendship. Rest in peace, Attorney Zach, may God give strength to his family and friends 🙏
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