Ask Eric Montalvo about his time in the Marine Corps, and he’ll throw a couple movie references your way.
Enlisting in 1988? Think Goldie Hawn in “Private Benjamin.”
“I didn’t know what the hell I was talking about,” Montalvo says. “It made me grow up really quickly.”
And leaving the military in 2009 for a private practice career? He’ll compare that to “Shawshank Redemption.”
“I found out pretty quickly I had been institutionalized,” he says. “In the military, the good thing is they have structure. I came out here and I was basically a clerk, working with people who didn’t share my value system. I didn’t feel comfortable.”
A New York native who went to college in Florida, Montalvo initially joined the Marines to refocus his priorities. He had known from a young age that he wanted to practice law. But his route to the courtroom took a bit longer than he had anticipated.
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