A young person’s concept of normalcy is often relative to his or her upbringing, so it wasn’t until Gabriel left his hometown that he realized just how different it is from mainstream America. Gabriel was born and raised in hardscrabble Ischua, NY, a poverty-stricken, rural town in northern Appalachia with a population of 850. A recent study found that the residents of the county in which Ischua is located have the shortest life expectancy in the state. Those who don’t labor in the dairy industry, labor in the nearby oil fields and refineries, lumberyards and mills. Many are crippled from a lifetime of hard labor and live out their remaining years in chronic pain, used up and discarded by corporations that openly value profit over life. These are the people whom Gabriel has vowed to serve as a lawyer—the downtrodden, the vulnerable, and the exploited.
Gabriel is a graduate of Cornell University and Notre Dame Law School. At Cornell, where he studied Industrial & Labor Relations and Economics, Gabriel was elected to the Student Assembly and competed for the University’s Speech and Debate teams, the latter of which ascended to second in the world rankings during his final year. During his time at Notre Dame, Gabriel received an award for the top persuasive brief for the first year moot court competition, and earned recognition from the American Bar Association and Bloomberg BNA for “Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law.”
An outdoor enthusiast and conservationist, Gabriel enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, and hunting in his spare time.