Spencer Eig isn’t the kind of man you might expect to reach celebrity status. Soft-spoken and pensive, the native New Yorker looks and speaks more like a rabbi than a slick lawyer looking for fame. An Orthodox Jew with a graying beard, Eig wears the obligatory yarmulke.

But whether he likes it or not, Eig is getting his 15 minutes of fame — and a lot more. Eig is representing the nation’s most famous immigrant, Elian Gonzalez, the sole survivor of a perilous ocean journey from Cuba. His father in Cuba wants him returned to the island nation. The boy’s family here wants him to remain with them. Through it all, Eig’s is the face on television tubes answering reporters’ questions.

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