In February, the Brevard Bar Foundation presented
Attorney John Alpizar with the
Community Leader of the Year Award. This award is a testimony to the many ways that John gives back to the
community, something that is a large part of both his personal and professional life.
John's father was at the award ceremony and John could not have been
more pleased to share this exciting accomplishment with the man who showed
him the value of giving back. Florida Today recently interviewed John
to learn more about his career and what brought him to where he is today.
Motivated by His Father's Example
After coming to the U.S. from Cuba in 1948, John's father immediately
found a job and began working as a laundry presser who ironed clothes.
He arrived with just 13 cents in his pocket but never gave up in the midst
of difficulty. John says that his father is his hero who continually led
by example. "I learned from him at an early age the importance of
giving back to the community," John pointed out. "His dream
became my good fortune."
John was the first in his family to graduate from high school, college,
and law school. One of his son's currently practices law with him
and another hopes to join the practice after graduating from law school
John is especially honored by this distinction from the Brevard Bar Foundation
because of all that the organization stands for. They regularly donate
to groups such as Salvation Army, the Sharing Center, and Yellow Umbrella.
John believes that giving back is something which must be instilled in
the younger generation and was personally motivated to continue doing
so after a recent trip to Cuba.
Having practiced law for more than 30 years, John is a passionate advocate
for his clients. He enjoys helping individuals take a stand against powerful
corporations and insurance companies. "I feel I can help level the
playing field and be a voice for many who can't speak for themselves
against these groups."
John has been to Cuba three different times, with the most recent trip
occurring early in 2015. He traveled with the Cocoa Beach Chamber of Commerce
and was deeply impacted by what he encountered. As bad as things are,
the people are hopeful for change and eager to move forward to a better future.
In his free time, John enjoys deep sea fishing, collecting wine, and growing
orchids. When he is in the mood for authentic Cuban food, John goes to
Ambia Cubana. He also enjoys eating at Djon's, Trend Kitchen, and
Scott's on Fifth.
It is clear that John enjoys what he does and is always looking for additional
ways that he can contribute more to the community. His personal motto
is simple: life is but a journey, so enjoy the ride!