Meet Phil Alvarez
Phil Alvarez, 9/11 Outreach and Education Director
Phil Alvarez joined the Hansen & Rosasco, LLP team in September of 2019 as the Director of 9/11 Outreach and Education. Phil is the brother of the late Luis Alvarez, after whom the law, Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act, was named. Before passage of the law in July of 2019, Phil made numerous trips with his brother Luis to Washington, D.C. to lobby for the permanent authorization. After more than sixty chemotherapy treatments and near the end of his life, Luis’ emotional appeal in testimony before Congress helped convince Washington to “do the right thing” and “Never Forget the Heroes”.
Luis was a hero NYPD bomb squad detective who became the face and voice of 9/11 first responders and survivors. Luis passed away from 9/11 related colon cancer shortly after the President signed the “Never Forget the Heroes” Act. Prior to joining Hansen & Rosasco, LLP, Phil served 32 years in the Suffolk County Police Department, 25 of which were as a detective.
The Alvarez Family Legacy
Phil, alongside his brother and family, and the entire 9/11 community, all fought with an unwavering devotion to get the Victim Compensation Fund passed. Phil and family members stood beside the President as he signed the bill into law – a special moment for the Alvarez family and many first responders and 9/11 survivors. Many admired Luis and were especially mindful of his involvement in getting this bill signed into law after his death on June 29, 2019.
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 survivors 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 or the ongoing battle of various illnesses.
Phil’s Impact in the 9/11 Community
The team at Hansen & Rosasco, LLP was honored to have Phil join them in 2019. Phil is someone who has seen firsthand how 9/11 affected the lives and health of so many in 2001 and to this very day. Because of his own personal experiences, Phil is able to offer individuals and families a voice of comfort and support as they go through the VCF legal process and recover or care for others. After Phil watched his brother, Luis, battle his 9/11 cancer, he is determined to offer the care and assistance that every individual and family needs.
Never Forget the Heroes
Phil has already played a tremendous role in the reauthorization of the newly renamed, “Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act,” in addition to other initiatives in the 9/11 community.