Gus was born and raised in the Bronx. While attending John F. Kennedy High School, he worked in a busy General practice law firm in Washington Heights as a legal assistant and paralegal, prompting his interest in becoming a lawyer. After attending college and then law school at night, he began practicing as a lawyer immediately upon his admission to the bar in 1991. He has been described as a “great lawyer”, “creative litigator” and “well-seasoned trial lawyer”. He has obtained unprecedented personal injury awards for his clients that were publicized in local newspapers and verdict reporters. Gus attributes his success to a simple upbringing and a diverse background.