Phil Alvarez, Brother of the Late Luis Alvarez, Joins Turley Hansen & Rosasco, LLP Team

By Hansen & Rosasco

Turley Hansen & Rosasco, LLP is honored to announce that Phil Alvarez has joined our team as Director of 9/11 Outreach and Education. Phil is joining us after having served 32 years in the Suffolk County Police Department, 25 of which were as a detective. Many people in the 9/11 community are familiar with Phil Alvarez, as he is the brother of the late Luis Alvarez, who died of 9/11-related colon cancer.

Luis Alvarez was an NYPD bomb squad detective for many years who was exposed to toxins at Ground Zero. Luis became the face and voice of 9/11 first responders as they battled Congress for the continuation of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund this past July.

He courageously fought for the support of the Fund and the entire 9/11 community alongside his brother Phil, and even testified before a congressional subcommittee meeting in Washington D.C. – the day before he was scheduled to have his 69th chemotherapy treatment.

From his hospital bed, he begged the government to help people like him, who suffer from 9/11-related cancer and other conditions and illnesses that were diagnosed as a result of having breathed the dust and chemicals in the air in the NYC Exposure Zone. Luis Alvarez unfortunately passed away on June 29, 2019 from his 9/11 cancer, but his advocacy, bravery, and participation in getting the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund reauthorized will never be forgotten.

The Fund was renamed as the “Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act,” after Luis Alvarez, who, among other first responders, played such a major role in its reauthorization.

The Alvarez brothers were a fighting force alongside many first responders and 9/11 victims that continuously made trips to Washington D.C., patiently waiting for the bill to be signed. Both Luis and Phil were unwavering in their goal to secure the funding that was needed for first responders and survivors who continue to come forward at an increasing rate with 9/11-related cancers and other illnesses.

Luis Alvarez was a necessary force as the bill passed and was subsequently signed by President Donald J. Trump on July 29, 2019. Knowing that the Fund would be reauthorized until 2092, the Alvarez family felt a great sense of pride knowing that Luis had played a major role in this momentous day. While Luis could not be there to see the bill signed by the President, we are all deeply in debt to the inspiring efforts he continued until the day he died.

Phil Alvarez is honored to have the opportunity to keep his brother’s legacy alive by continuing his work with the 9/11 community. His mission is to ensure that all first responders and victims of 9/11, in addition to their families, are taken care of – from compensation and medical care to support – as they grieve the loss of loved ones.

The team of Turley Hansen & Rosasco, LLP is honored to have Phil Alvarez join our firm. As someone who saw firsthand how 9/11 affected the lives and health of so many in 2001 and to this very day, he will offer many individuals and families a voice of comfort and support as they get through the legal process and recover or care for others. We know that Phil’s own experiences – from watching his brother battle a 9/11 cancer and fighting for the compensation that so many deserve – will help our clients every step of the way. He has already had an incredible impact within the 9/11 community.

If you or a family member have been impacted by the September 11th attacks, please contact our firm to get the help and support you need. If you are suffering from a 9/11 cancer or another condition as a result of your exposure to the NYC Exposure Zone, we can help you file your claim with the Victim Compensation Fund and get your condition certified with the World Trade Center Health Program. Phil Alvarez – along with the supportive team of 9/11 lawyers and staff who handle these cases every day – will help navigate this entire process so that you can care for yourself and your family.

Even if you have not become ill, we recommend that you and all individuals who were in the NYC Exposure Zone from September 11, 2001 to May 30, 2002 register with the Fund now. Registering now protects your rights and your family in the long term.

We want to thank Phil Alvarez for the tremendous role he has already played in supporting the 9/11 community, the reauthorization of the Victim Compensation Fund, and carrying the legacy of his brother on for so many individuals and families. Phil has served our country as a police officer, and he continues to serve our country as an advocate and supporter of all first responders and 9/11 survivors, in addition to their families.

To learn more about registering with the Victim Compensation Fund – whether or not you are sick – please contact our 9/11 lawyers to get started. We can also assist you in the process of getting your condition certified with the World Trade Center Health Program.

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