Sal Bazaz was born in Staten Island, NY, the youngest of three children. His father was a pediatrician and his mother was a registered nurse working in the NICU in St. Vincent’s Medical Center. They lived on a quiet cul de sac, which allowed Sal and his neighborhood friends to play outside all hours of the day. No sport was off limits for the kids on the block.
In 1990, Sal attended Monsignor Farrell High School, with a dream of eventually being a lawyer. In his younger days, Sal would watch Matlock with his grandfather, inspired by the notion of defending the innocent. Motivated to make his dream a reality, Sal started his journey at St. John’s University in Staten Island. There, he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. His hard work paid off when he was admitted into the St. John’s University School of Law, Jamaica, Queens campus, in 1998.
During his years in college and in Law School, Sal worked a number of jobs to pay the bills. Thanks to the many hours volunteering at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Sal was offered a position as a Pharmacy Technician in that hospital. For almost 7 years, Sal worked weekends and holidays in the pharmacy, ensuring the proper distribution of medicine to every unit in the hospital. Simultaneously, during his schooling, he clerked with a Richmond County Supreme Court Judge, giving him the opportunity to work on Judge’s rulings in both Criminal and Civil matters.
While in Law School, Sal worked diligently in both fields of Civil and Criminal Law. He worked at a Personal Injury Firm for a number of years with The Law Firm of Bosco, Bisognano and Mascolo. At the same time, Sal was also working summers with the District Attorney’s Office in Richmond County, NY. All of this experience earned him a position as an Assistant District Attorney in NY prosecuting Sex Crimes and Domestic Violence.
In 2001, Sal’s wife Christina had already accepted a job working as a Pharmacist with Eckerd Pharmacy in Naples. Sal quickly reached out to the State Attorney’s office for the Twentieth Judicial Circuit in Southwest Florida. He immediately was hired as an Assistant State Attorney in Lee County and he started that position in January 2002. There he prosecuted all misdemeanors and violations of probation. He was also personally in charge of all the misdemeanor Worthless Check crimes.
In January 2003, Sal was transferred to his hometown of Naples to prosecute for the Collier County State Attorney’s Office. In those years prosecuting in NY and Lee and Collier, Sal was fortunate to gain valuable trial experience which allowed him to start his own Law Firm in the Fall of 2003.
During the next 15 years, Sal has handled every type of Criminal charges, from the lowest Misdemeanors to Felonies punishable by Life in Prison. He increased his skills by taking on any all traffic cases, even ones involving serious crashes with fatalities.
Several years ago, Sal broadened his horizons even more by entering the Civil world of Family Court. Here, Sal has handled Divorces, Petitions to Establish Paternity and Child Support matters. In addition, he has represented both sides of Domestic Violence restraining order cases as well.
Furthermore, Sal is one of only 10 attorneys in all of Collier County that is appointed by the Court to represent parents in Dependency Court when the Department of Children and Families shelter children who have allegedly been abused, abandoned or neglected.