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It's been 13 years since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and quite a bit has changed in the fullness of time. Perhaps most poignantly, "Ground Zero" now serves as the foundation for the National September 11 Memorial and Museum -- including relics like the "Miracle Cross."
But FindLaw's Gabriella Khorasanee, Team Lead for Direct to Consumer products and a native New Yorker, still remembers the World Trade Center site as it was -- as a dual colossus striding New York City's skyline. A steel and glass symbol, a sigil even, of the city she knew and still loves.
Gabriella has deeply etched memories of 9/11, when she was working at a Manhattan law firm. She shared some of her recollections with FindLaw Insider.
Young Associate Goes to Work as Towers Fall
Thirteen years ago, Gabriella was an associate at the now-defunct corporate law firm Dewey Ballantine. On that fateful day, she left her home in Park Slope, Brooklyn, bound for her desk at her Manhattan office.
Staring out the window of the F Train as it passed between boroughs, Gabriella could just make out the flame and smoke associated with the first plane that crashed into the World Trade Center. She, like many of us, thought little of the curious fire until she reached Manhattan, finding her cell phone near-busting with voicemails.
On 6th Street, Gabriella was far north of the towers themselves, seemingly safe from debris.
But then she saw the dust. As the street was engulfed in a putrid cloud, Gabriella ducked into her firm's offices and watched the events unfold as many of us did -- on TV.
A City Unites, Falls Eerily Quiet
Gabriella doesn't believe she felt any different on 9/11 as an attorney than anyone else in the city -- they were all New Yorkers. But they were also unusually silent.
With paper debris still floating in the air outside, work ceased at Gabriella's firm as the city went into lockdown. Other than the roar of fighter jets overhead, Gabriella recalls an eerie quiet that enveloped the city. But in that quiet, there was likely reflection. Reflection on Gotham's identity, our nation's safety, and for Gabriella, maybe even her own career in BigLaw.
Months later, she left Dewey Ballantine and New York for California, embarking on a series of ventures which led her to FindLaw. And we're happy to have her.
We at FindLaw take this 13th anniversary of 9/11 to remember and reflect, as so much can happen in a short span of years.