Meet Phil Alvarez
Phil Alvarez, 9/11 Outreach and Education Director
Phil Alvarez joined the Turley Hansen & Rosasco, LLP team in September of 2019 as the 9/11 Outreach and Education Director. Prior to joining us, Phil 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. Luis was a NYPD bomb squad detective for many years who became the face and voice of 9/11 first responders and survivors as they battled Congress for the continuation of the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), which was passed in July of 2019.
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 Turley 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.