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Bashyam Shah 15th Anniversary Memory #4: ESTHER

November 29th, 2010
posted by at 8:00 am
By, Esther Oh, Senior Immigration Paralegal

Congratulations on 15 years!  I started with Bashyam Shah in 2007 and it has been non-stop in the immigration world.  Looking back, I have many fond memories that include the H-1B Cap being reached in 1 day, the priority date fiasco in 2007 and many other immigration milestones, but what I think about most and most fond of, is the staff of Bashyam Shah

I get to be a part of team that is committed to our clients and to each other and each of them bring forth knowledge, compassion, readiness, optimism and many more admirable talents that all builds on one another.  I love that when I have a question or need advice on a case; I can reach out to my colleagues and receive the best suggestions and solutions.  I love that we all pitch in to help each other when there are deadlines and even when there are no deadlines.  I love that we are open to one another’s ideas, thoughts and plans and that our common goal is to bring the best work forward to our clients, to the firm and to each other. 

Lastly and importantly, I love that when I have a craving for Mexican or Chinese food for lunch, that someone will eat it with me.

Bashyam Shah 15th Anniversary Memory #2: PAM – Remembering 9/11

November 19th, 2010
posted by at 8:00 am

By Pam Prather, Senior Paralegal & Client Relations Manager

I’ve been part of Bashyam Shah for 10 years now.  It’s impossible to write about all the memories I have of these people and our firm, because this has been such an integral part of my life.  There are a few times that stand out, though, like 9/11/2001.  I think everyone will remember where they were when those seminal events unfolded.  It was at the beginning of my work day, and  I was standing in Murali’s office, talking with him, when Rob Spiro ran down the hall with the news that a plane had hit the World Trade Center.

Do you remember what you were doing at that same moment?

We first thought it was probably an accident, or at least an isolated event. It wasn’t until the second plane hit about 15 minutes later that it started to sink in what was happening.  It was so shocking – so outside our experience – that we didn’t know what to do.  We couldn’t work, but we didn’t want to go home.  We were terrified and appalled, but we could not turn away from the tv and radio.   As news of the Pentagon hit was breaking, Rob and I rushed to the phones to call family and friends we had in the DC area.  The day passed in somewhat of a fog.  We all gathered in the break room to listen to updates together.  We simply could not concentrate on work, but it didn’t matter because no one was calling.  I suppose business phones everywhere were eerily silent.  We sat, watched tv, tried to come to terms with the dawning of a new – and dangerous – era.  We threw darts for a little while, just to have something to do with our hands as those tragic images came across the airwaves.  Someone ran across the street to get some sandwiches. And the day finally passed.

Of course most of my memories of Bashyam Shah are funny, touching, proud, exciting, silly, warm, nostalgic – anything but sad.  I’m so lucky to have a decade of good memories here to help balance out the one tragic.  So, this firm and these people – like 9/11 – are indelibly etched on my mind because they are part of my history.  And, good or bad, happy or sad, our history makes us who we are.