Anthony DeLuca grew up in Atlantic City, NJ. After graduating from law school, he passed the bar exam in New Jersey. However, Mr. DeLuca could not get a job as an attorney. In fact, the only offer he almost received was part time employment for $16,000 per year. He never did get that phone call. In New Jersey, law offices are like pharmacies in Tijuana… there is one on every corner.
After seven years of higher education, he was unwilling to accept a job as a lawyer that paid less than his summer employment as a Blackjack dealer at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. In response, he purchased a Places Rated Almanac. He searched for the best cross-section of growth, job opportunity, and sunny weather. He came up with Las Vegas, Nevada, which in 1997 was exploding with growth and had a small number of attorneys per capita. He sent his resume to law firms he was interested in and managed to set up seven interviews in a two day period. He flew to Las Vegas for the interviews and received six job offers. He accepted the seventh offer which came two months later. Within a matter of weeks, he was packed and moving to Las Vegas. Earlier that year, he began dating his now wife. She was his boss at the Taj Mahal. Not much has changed over the years… still his boss.
At the time he planned his move to Las Vegas, he had only been dating his wife for about seven months. He very bluntly said, “I’m moving to Las Vegas. Are you coming?” She resigned her job and they drove cross country with a car packed so heavily that the rear of the car looked like it would spray sparks as it dragged across the highway (On a side note, he would not recommend anyone driving cross country for a week in a crowded compact with their significant other). Nevertheless, they are still together after seventeen years, two children, and many ups and downs.
DeLuca practiced law for a short period of time before he realized that the firm partners were no smarter than he was. More importantly, he had an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire for independence, which meant he was never a very good employee. In 2001, he decided to go out on his own to practice law. He and his wife made their preparations. The idea was that he would build the law firm while she provided a stable income at her job as a dealer at the Rio Hotel Casino. Without exaggeration or poetic license for dramatic effect, his wife came home from work the night before he was to give his resignation, and in tears, told him that she was laid off. The timing could not have been worse. The safety net was gone.
He decided to make the leap anyway, and DeLuca & Associates was formed out of a single 8’ x 10’ office suite in the Sunwest Bank Building. The entire “firm” consisted of 80 square feet, a desk he bought at Walmart and put together himself, a phone, a fax and his wife acting as a receptionist, despite the fact that she was initially terrified to speak to the clients. In the span of a decade, the firm grew to become the highest volume consumer bankruptcy firm, of any single location law firm in the entire United States. He and his wife are still working together at the office today (On another side note, there are days he also does not recommend anyone working with their significant other).
Below are a list of his accomplishments and contributions.
- University of Scranton: Bachelor’s; Graduated 4 year college in under 3 years; 1989-1992
- Temple University: Juris Doctorate; 1993-1996
- University of Pennsylvania: Masters of Applied Positive Psychology; 2006-2007
State Bar Certifications:
- New Jersey: 1997
- Nevada: 1999
- Pool Safety: Child drowning public awareness sponsorship
- Oprah’s Big Give
- Operation Smile: Donated money to help children with cleft pallet
- Friends for the Las Vegas Police Department K-9 training: Donated money to care for Metro K-9 unit
- Goodie Two Shoes: Donated shoes to kids in need
- Cast For Kids: Provided Mentally handicapped children with the opportunity to go fishing for a day
- Gimme a Break: Helped provide assistance to the parents of mentally handicapped children
- Extreme Home Makeover: Donated an in home camera system so that a girl with a serious illness could attend school via video-conference.
- Toys for Tots: Annual Toy Drive
- Safenest: Provided food from canned food drive for the women in this program during Thanksgiving
- Three Squares: Provided food from canned food drive at Thanksgiving
- Salvation Army: Large donations of clothes, toys, furniture and electronics
- DeLuca & Associates Student Athlete Scholarship: Local high school students awarded scholarship money for excelling in athletics and academics.
- Understanding Autism: Public awareness program for children diagnosed with Autism
- Close Captioning for the Hearing Impaired: Sponsored closed captioning for the hearing impaired