by Ana Veciana-Suarez
Among his friends and family, Peter Quinter is known for taking calls and replying to emails at all hours of the day. As an international lawyer, his clients are often halfway around the world and a few time zones away.
But Friday, when he laces up his hiking boots, pulls his 40-pound backpack over his shoulders and takes his first step onto the Appalachian Trail, Quinter and his posse will go off the grid. He will disconnect from his 24/7 pace.
“It’s a very simple life,” says the 51-year-old, who chairs GrayRobinson’s Customs & International Trade Law Group. “There are no bathrooms, no air-conditioning, no good food. You don’t usually get good cellphone reception, either, and you can’t just quit and go somewhere comfortable.”
So why would a Type A personality spend eight days out in the wilderness, far from both his downtown Miami and Fort Lauderdale offices and away from his wife and two children?