Flavio Abreu, assistant city attorney
Criminal Division, City Attorney’s Office
Supervising Attorney Christopher Dixon nominated Abreu for bringing energy, enthusiasm and positivity to the office since his first day on the job in 2006:
“After reading the description of this award aloud at a recent meeting the Criminal Division management of our department all immediately thought of the same person: Flavio Abreu. The following specific examples illustrate the type of employee he exemplifies:
- Abreu has volunteered his time to help international students from both Mitchell Hamline and the University of Minnesota law schools. He has taken them with him to court and provided mentorship.
- Abreu is always the first to volunteer to assist a coworker who needs help covering an assignment, and he never complains when he is selected to do additional work. He accepts every assignment with a smile and enthusiasm.
- Abreu is truly genuine when he walks down the halls of the office telling anyone who will listen that “I love my job!”
- Abreu works diligently to improve his job skills and a snapshot of his life reflects this attitude. He came to this country as a young adult and didn’t know any English. He taught himself the language and then went to law school. This intestinal fortitude continues in his current position. For example, after a trial he seeks out the judge and jurors to gauge his performance and learns from the feedback.
- Abreu’s door is always open, and he spends a lot of time mentoring visiting attorneys and new attorneys to the office. When we have new attorneys going to trial for the first time, Abreu is one of the select people we look to first to accompany them as he is a patient and enthusiastic teacher.
“The simple fact is that Abreu’s behavior in projecting a positive influence goes above and beyond his defined job expectations. To conclude I wish to give one last example: As I was writing this summary, I sent a request to the attorneys in the Criminal Division to help a colleague who had a full calendar and was also attempting to train a new law clerk. Here is Abreu’s response: ‘I will stop on by!’”
Published Nov 1, 2016