Gabe served as the third president of the MHBA during the years 1995 to 1996. During Gabe’s tenure, the MHBA continued to build on the visions of its founding members, Mayda Colon Tsaknis and Marielsa Bernard, by partnering with the MSBA and other local bar associations to address the legal needs of Maryland’s important Hispanic community as well as other minority groups.
Accomplishments of the 1995-1996 term included: organizing an open house at the District Court of Maryland, including special programs for Spanish-speaking members of the community; increased involvement and visibility in the state judicial selection process by interviewing and evaluating candidates for judicial appointment; translating into Spanish of legal informational brochures and video of the MSBA; testifying before the Commission on the Future of Maryland Courts on issues of importance to the organization; and acting as a key participant in voter education and registration programs for new U.S. citizens and citizenship and naturalization workshops.
Gabe immigrated to the U.S. in 1970 at the age of five from Santiago, Chile. He currently lives in Connecticut with his wife and three daughters. Gabe is employed as Senior Patent Counsel at Pfizer Inc. Before that he worked in Israel as Assistant General Counsel for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and in private practice in Bethesda. Gabe received his law degree from Temple University and undergraduate degrees in biochemistry and chemistry from the University of Massachusetts.