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# IdSubmit DateNominee Name:Street AddressCityState / Province / RegionPostal / Zip CodeNominee Employer:Nominee Title:Nominee DOB:Nominee Telephone:Nominee E-mail:Nominator Name:Street AddressCityState / Province / RegionPostal / Zip CodeNominator Employer:Nominator Title:Nominator Telephone:Nominator E-mail:Why are you nominating this HNBA member for the award? (200 words or fewer)Please describe the nominee’s achievements in his or her field. (200 words or fewer)Please describe the nominee’s civic and community involvement. (100 words or fewer)What talents or characteristics distinguish the nominee from his or her peers? (100 words or fewer)Describe the nominee’s leadership philosophy. (100 words or fewer)Will the nominee be able to attend the awards ceremony in San Francisco, CA?Nominee's resume and/or bio:Recommendation Letter 1 - OPTIONAL (Up to two letters of 350 words or fewer each)Recommendation Letter 2 - OPTIONAL (Up to two letters of 350 words or fewer each)I am a member of the HNBA in good standing.My nominee is a member of the HNBA in good standing.My nominee is a duly licensed attorney in good standing in at least one U.S. jurisdiction.My nominee has no disciplinary action pending or adjudicated against him or her.My nominee is under 40 years of age as of March 18, 2018.Nominator:Date:
1 13412017-12-20 22:22:27
Gabriel Zorogastua
900 West 48th Place
Kansas City
Missouri
64112
Polsinelli
Shareholder
11/02/1984
816 3740537
gzorogastua@polsinelli.com
Janell Avila
5400 West 58th Terrace
Mission
Kansas
66205
Solorio & Avila Law Firm
Partner
913 8317300
javila@salawkc.com
I have known Gabe since since he was a law student in KU School of Law. Upon graduation, Gabe immediately took on the challenge of joining the HBAGKC board. Ever since, he has never hesitated to lead and support the mission of HBAGKC. Gabe has served as past president of HBAGKC & other board positions. During all the time I have known Gabe, he has been an enthusiastic & genuine supporter of HBAGKC, his peers, law students & the greater KC community. Gabe always responds with a positive attitude & a "yes" to helping & advocating for others. He donates his time & energy to helping others succeed & does so not to better his resume, but b/c he truly cares. Gabe was an essential member of the ACKC Planning Committee & was always there to be a positive supporter to me in the ACKC endeavor. Gabe is as we say around here "Kansas City nice", meaning that he is a genuine caring person w/no hidden agendas. Gabe is truly an example of what every young lawyer should strive to be, not only to do well professionally, but to give back & make a positive impact.
Gabe graduated KU School of Law early (at age 22 years old) and became a shareholder at Polsinelli before he was 30 years old. Gabe is on the hiring committee at his firm & a member of it's diversity & inclusion committee. He is the current Chair of the KC Metropolitan Bar Association diversity & inclusion section, & is a founding member of Kansas City's LGBT Bar (KC Legal). Gabe also was a member of HBAGKC's Annual Convention Planning Committee for three years. Along with a Polsinelli associate, he organized the AC's VIP reception. Additionally, Gabe is active in the HNBA, particularly the LGBT section & serves as the liason w/the ABA. At a young age, Gabe has achieved so much and I foresee Gabe continuing to excel.
Gabe is actively involved in the KC community at large, including volunteering his time to serve on the board of the Good Samaritan Project which is the only KC non-profit that provides medical & social support for those affected by HIV/AIDS. He also served on the Board of the KC Aids Service Foundation. Gabe was recently recognized as a NextGen Leader by the KC Business Journal, a very prestigious & sought after recognition which recognizes KC leaders in all areas. Gabe is one of the few diverse individuals to have ever received the recognition. 
I can truly say that Gabe does all of the aforementioned for the right reasons, to improve his community and better the legal profession. Gabe never seeks the limelight & is always truly supportive of others. Gabe has equally served HBAGKC as its president, as well as "just" one of it's governors because he cares not for the title, but the opportunity to serve. Despite his work demands, Gabe can always be counted upon and will come through.
While I think this question is better suited to the Applicant himself, I believe that as I have witnessed Gabe lead his leadership style is to guide others on his team, while yet letting them be responsible for their individual parts to achieve a common goal. Gabe leads with enthusiasm which often yields positive results for a common goal.
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GabeZResume2017.doc
GabeZSupportLtr1.pdf
GabeZSupportLtr2.pdf
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Janell Avila
20-12-2017
2 13422017-12-21 14:57:09
Ben  Hernandez Stern
1375 Emerald Street NE
Washington
District Of Columbia
20002
Department of Justice
Attorney
07/08/1981
626 2984684
benjahs@gmail.com
Juan Sempertegui
808 Anderson Street
Silver Spring
Maryland
20904
Bank of America
Assistant General Counsel
301 5298307
juan.m.sempertegui@gmail.com
Throughout his seven-year federal legal career, Ben has distinguished himself as a civil rights attorney, an Officer in the Air Force Reserve, and dedicated member of the Board of the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia, demonstrating the utmost professional excellence, integrity, leadership, commitment to the Latino community, and dedication to improving the legal profession.  He has served the U.S. military in a variety of roles as a reservist for nearly 14 years.  Prior to his work at the DOJ, Ben was employed at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and was a Special Assistant United States Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.  He currently serves as President of the Hispanic Bar Association. 
In 2017, Ben was one of the co-authors of the Advisory for Recipient of Financial Assistance for the DOJ on Levying Fines and Fees on Juveniles.   The also was one of the co-lead attorneys in the DOJ’s related investigation of Sacramento County, California and the Sacramento Superior Court levying of fees and fines on juveniles.  This investigation lead to the County to forgive existing debt from juvenile justice system related fees and fines, in an amount not to exceed 23.2 million dollars, and to stop assessing and collecting fees associated with juvenile detention, supervision, drug testing, electronic monitoring, and representation in delinquency proceedings.  The Sacramento resolution proved to be one of the largest fees and fines settlements in DOJ history. In 2011, Ben was deployed to Iraq and served as Chief of Prosecution for the Warrant and Prosecution Task Force.  There he assisted in apprehending and then prosecuting terrorists in Iraqi courts for crimes ranging from illegal weapons possession to murder. For his Iraq service, Ben was awarded the Bronze Star.
Ben contributes to the legal community beyond the work he does for the federal government.  He is the President of the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia (HBA-DC), which allows him to organize events and programs that promote Latinos in the legal profession.  Ben has been involved with the HBA-DC for several years, serving previously as a board member and regularly volunteering his time to mentor young attorneys and law students.  As a Judge Advocate, Ben has drafted over 800 wills for deploying servicemembers and retirees.  Ben’s community work, along with his federal service, was recognized in 2016 by the Federal Bar Association that presented Ben one of its 2016 Younger Attorney Awards.  In 2012, the HBA-DC awarded Ben the 2012 Rising Star Award for his principled service in the legal profession and outstanding contributions to the Latino legal community.  In addition to the time he gives to the HBA-DC, Ben has volunteered with the D.C. Bar Advice and Referral Clinic and the Volunteer Lawyers Project.  With the Volunteer Lawyers, Ben as secured four Civil Protective Orders for women who were victims of domestic violence. 
Ben epitomizes the best of the legal community and exemplifies the criteria required of HNBA Top Lawyers.  His practice is one of the most diverse I’ve seen.  He practices civil rights, internal investigations, trusts and estates, contract law, international law, and criminal law.  His depth and understand of the law is profound and has helped his clients achieve a number of beneficial outcomes.  His ability to negotiate complex settlement agreements and policy statements.  At DOJ, Ben is also responsible for analyzing and launching cutting-edge civil rights investigations examining whether the pretrial bail practices of some jurisdictions may have a race-based disparate impact on those involved with the justice system.  Leadership on these investigations places Ben in an elite group of DOJ attorneys entrusted to uphold the 14th Amendment’s promise.  On account of his success, Ben was chosen to give the Hispanic Heritage Remarks in the Great Hall of DOJ, with Attorney General Loretta Lynch introducing him.   
Through a number of leadership experiences, Ben has distinguished himself for taking on difficult leadership experiences with a can-do attitude and record of competence.  In addition to leading the HBA-DC through the strategic planning process, Ben was appointed as the inaugural Director of the HHS Academy for Civil Rights Investigators (Academy).  In this role, Ben developed a civil rights curriculum, recruited participants and instructors for the Academy from organizations across the Federal government; and supervised staff who assist in planning and executing the EOS Academy.  During Ben’s tenure as the Director of the Academy, over 200 civil rights investigators were trained on effective civil rights enforcement techniques.  In his military capacity, Ben was selected by Lt. Gen. Christopher F. Burne, Judge Advocate General, U.S. Air Force, to reestablish the JAG reserve presence in Turkey.  From 2014 through 2017, Ben was entrusted travel to Turkey on a quarterly basis to provide support to ongoing combat operations against the Islamic State of Iraq.  This assignment required Ben to independently operate and provide on the spot legal advice to commanders on international law, contract law, and ethics at a number of military installations.  Ben was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal for the legal support he provided in Turkey.  His award citation noted his collected demeanor, ability to improvise, collaborative nature and competent counsel.  This summary best describes Ben’s ability to bring teams together to work towards a common goal.   
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Ben Hernandez-Stern Resume 2017 v4-1.pdf
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Juan Sempertegui
21-12-2017
3 13432017-12-21 21:21:07
Mario Treto
3200 N. Lake Shore Dr., Unit 409
Chicago
Illinois
60657
City of Evanston
Assistant City Attorney
08/29/1985
847 2073908
mtreto@gmail.com
Luis Avila
1633 N. Clybourn Ave., Unit 4S
Chicago
Illinois
60614
US Foods
Former Interim General Counsel
773 5313577
luis_a_avila@hotmail.com
Mario is a mover and shaker of the Chicago legal community. His commitment to the Hispanic and LGBTQ communities is unwavering. Mario’s laborious contributions have yield new programming via CLEs and workshops. His mentoring has inspired young Latino gays to venture out as solo practitioners. Lastly, Mario is the first Latino to serve as Chairman of Howard Brown Health, the largest non-profit to provide health care to LGBTQ in the Midwest. Mario Treto Jr.’s resolve has lead to his success as an attorney and his beneficence has transformed Chicago for the better.  
Mario is a City Attorney for the City of Evanston, a suburb north of Chicago. As the only Latino, gay man in the legal department Mario carries the burden of advocating for numerous groups. Mario has drafted a plethora city ordinances to improve the quality of life for the residents of Evanston, most notably Human Rights Ordinance, Gender Neutral Restroom Ordinance, and the Sanctuary City ordinance. These ordinances were highly controversial; however, Mario’s craftsmanship balanced the need of the residents and the concerns of the City.   Mario has also drafted or assisted in drafting countless amicus briefs on behalf of noble causes; mainly civil rights. Mario’s partnership and vigorous advocacy opposed President Trump’s travel ban, opposed LGBTQ discrimination, and supported the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Mario is a leader throughout the Midwest. He currently serves as Vice President of the Indiana University Latino Alumni Advisory Board, a Region IX Deputy President of the HNBA, and a member of the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC). As Vice President of the Indiana University Latino Alumni Advisory Board, Mario assists with event planning, fundraising, and mentoring of Latino law students of his alma mater. Mario was integral in planning and promoting HNBA’s Annual Convention held in Chicago in 2016. Mario served as the nexus between the convention’s planning committee and Illinois’ politicians.   Mario serves as pro bono counsel for The Saltbox Theatre Collective, assisting the group in transforming into a 501(c)(3). Mario regularly participates in the City of Chicago’s Wills for Heroes program. Furthermore, Mario served as a member of the Young Professionals Board for the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago.
Mario possess a knack for performing under pressure. Mario has numerous commitments as a city attorney and a community leader. Despite the demands, Mario not only meets but exceeds the expectations of the tasks assigned. Mario’s propensity to excel makes him an exemplary professional for Latinos and non-Latinos alike. He has refined diplomacy and has assisted in building alliances and relationships between groups to advance social change and civil rights in the Midwest.
Collaboration and service are the pillars of Mario’s leadership philosophy. He listens tentatively and thinks critically to achieve the group’s desired results. At Howard Brown, Mario is diligent in hearing the concerns of patients and community advocates. His perspective and consideration of these concerns has allowed Mario to make impactful board decisions. Mario leads through service. He is genuine and honest in all of his endeavors. His actions and contributions are for the sole benefit of the cause and not recognition. Mario does not hesitate to undertake a task that will advance an individual or organization. He mentors both fellow board members and attorneys. Mario has cultivated a custom of selflessness and giving as a leader in Chicago.
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Mario Treto HNBA 2017 Bio.docx
Mario Treto HNBA 2017 Resume.doc
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Luis Avila
21-12-2017
4 13622017-12-28 19:07:03
Peter  Koski
214 E. Del Ray Ave.
Alexandria
Virginia
22301
U.S. Department of Justice
Deputy Chief
5/27/78
650 3800965
peter.koski@usdoj.gov
Edward  Loya
600 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington
District Of Columbia
20001
Venable LLP
Counsel
202 3444114
eloya@venable.com
As a recipient of HNBA's 2017 "Top Lawyers Under 40 Award," I understand the great honor bestowed by HNBA on young lawyers who achieve this important recognition.  I am nominating Peter Koski because he is the most distinguished federal prosecutor of Mexican-American descent working at the U.S. Department of Justice (Main Justice) in Washington, D.C.  Peter serves as a Deputy Chief in the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section, a highly specialized group of federal prosecutors who handle public corruption cases on a national basis.
After graduating from Stanford Law School in 2005 and clerking for a U.S. Court of Appeals Judge on the Ninth Circuit, Peter joined the DOJ's Public Integrity Section through the Attorney General's Honors Program.  Since that time, he has been elevated to the position of Deputy Chief and assigned to the most sensitive public corruption investigations and prosecutions led by Main Justice prosecutors, including the prosecution of former U.S. Congressman Richard Renzi, lobbyist Kevin Ring, "Operation Guard Shack" in Puerto Rico, and numerous other high-profile cases.
Peter has served as a faculty member and lecturer overseas advising foreign governments and law enforcement agencies on the investigation and prosecution of public corruption and related law enforcement techniques.  Additionally, Peter has been a great mentor to Hispanic lawyers at the DOJ.  Peter has been active in recruiting and retaining minority lawyers to serve as federal prosecutors in the U.S. Department of Justice.  As a former DOJ prosecutor, I personally received a lot of support and encouragement from Peter, which helped in my work at DOJ and contributed to my confidence needed to fulfill my important duties.  I have seen first-hand how Peter has propped up minority and women lawyers and genuinely mentored and supported them at DOJ.  He is a great supporter and contributor to the advancement of Latinos and Latinas at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Peter and I served as Co-Presidents of our graduating class at Stanford Law School.  He is universally liked by his peers.  Peter has a very understated approach to himself and his work.  He is extremely humble, yet behind this humility, he is a tenacious lawyer who is extremely dedicated and capable.  Based on his work ethic, his sterling reputation as a team player, and his talent for building strong teams, he has consistently been assigned to handle the most sensitive public corruption cases at the Justice Department.  Anyone who is familiar with federal public corruption prosecutions would know--and respect--Peter Koski.
Peter leads by supporting his colleagues and never putting himself or his own goals ahead of others.  For five years, I worked with Peter in the Public Integrity Section.  Despite the fact that we attended law school together and he is one of my closest friends, I have never heard him make critical statements about others.  He is the kind of person who focuses on the goal and keeps a positive outlook and encourages others by his good example.  I would say that his ability to make everyone feel that they are an equal part of the team has contributed to his tremendous success over the years.
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Peter Koski Resume.pdf
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Edward  Loya
28-12-2017
5 13662018-01-03 14:58:57
Peter Koski
214 E. Del Ray Avenue
Alexandria
Virginia
22301
U.S. Department of Justice -- Criminal Division -- Public Integrity Section
Deputy Chief
May 27, 1978
650 3800965
Peter.Koski@usdoj.gov
Armando Bonilla
3810 Reno Road NW
Washington
District Of Columbia
20008
U.S. Department of Justice -- U.S. Marshals Service
Associate General Counsel
202 6070169
armando.bonilla@comcast.net
I am nominating Peter Koski for this award because he has built his career and reputation on the qualities that I most admire: integrity, humility, and public service.  I met Peter while serving in the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Public Integrity Section.  I was preparing for an upcoming public corruption trial when my trial partner had a conflicting trial in another jurisdiction and neither judge would reschedule the trial dates.  Peter had recently joined the Section and immediately volunteered to join my trial team.  Although he had just two weeks to prepare, Peter was an exceptional trial partner.  When you are in the throes of a trial, especially on the road, you get to know a person well.  As a lawyer, Peter is a critical thinker, brilliant writer, hardworking, quick on his feet, and has a terrific courtroom presence and demeanor.  As a person, Peter is kind, thoughtful, self-deprecating, and funny.  He is an absolute team player.  In the decade since that trial, I have always been able to count on Peter for his advice and friendship.  He is a mentor to many and an example for all.
Peter has had, and will continue to have, an extraordinary legal career.  Following his graduation from Stanford Law School, Peter served as a law clerk for Circuit Judge Richard Tallman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Peter then joined the U.S. Department of Justice through the prestigious Attorney General’s Honor Program.  The year Peter applied, the Department received over 2,500 applications.  The Criminal Division hired just ten, including Peter.  Since joining the Justice Department in 2006, Peter has exceeded the highest of expectations.  He has distinguished himself as a top fraud and public corruption prosecutor, traveled the world as an ambassador for the United States and the Department of Justice, and serves as a leader and manager within the Criminal Division.  He takes on the most challenging investigations and prosecutions and holds himself and his teams to the highest standards of ethics and integrity.  Peter’s significant contributions to the Department’s mission, and his dogged pursuit of justice and the enforcement of our nation’s criminal laws, have been regularly recognized at the highest levels of the Justice Department, including his receipt of the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service. 
Peter has spent his entire career in public service.  His commitment to the Hispanic Community dates back further.  From his days as a Rotary Fellow in Ecuador, to his involvement in the Stanford Latino Law Students Association, to his multiple trips to El Salvador to teach at the International Law Enforcement Academy and work with local authorities on anti-gang initiatives, Peter has looked for opportunities to share his abilities and improve the lives of others.  His generosity of time and talents extends beyond the Hispanic Community.  He has long been involved, for example, in the GEANCO Foundation, dedicated to improving the healthcare and lives of the poor and vulnerable in Africa. 
Peter’s heightened level of engagement distinguishes him from his peers.  Whatever the assignment or project, Peter’s commitment never waivers and he quietly inspires others with his work ethic and work product.  A true public servant, Peter puts mission first, his team members second, and himself a distant third.  He is a natural leader whose success is measured in the ethical pursuit of justice.  Without exception, those privileged to work with Peter benefit greatly from the experience.
Peter’s leadership philosophy is best described as leading by example.  He is the first person to volunteer to tackle a difficult issue or mundane project rather than delegate those tasks to more junior members.  Peter is a genuine people person who invites and expects his team to honestly express their ideas and thoughts on the mission and the best path forward.  This sharing of vision and ideas, and creating an atmosphere of communication, not only enhances the team’s results but strengthens each member’s commitment.  Peter also looks for the advancement of those around him by promoting their abilities and contributions. 
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Peter Koski Resume(1).pdf
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Armando Bonilla
31-12-2017
6 13672018-01-03 15:20:52
Alfredo  Fernandez
One Constitution Plaza
Hartford
Connecticut
06103
Shipman and Goodwin LLP
Associate
March 1, 1986
860 2515353
afernandez@goodwin.com
Sandra  Lautier
666 3rd Avenue, 20th Floor
New York
New York
10017
Robinson & Cole LLP
Associate
212 4512968
slautier@rc.com
I am nominating Alfredo for the HNBA’s Top Lawyers Under 40 Award because I have known Alfredo to be an accomplished lawyer in his field and distinguished leader in the legal profession through working with him on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association (“CHBA”).  Alfredo currently leads the CHBA as its President and does so with integrity and a resounding commitment to improving the legal profession and the Hispanic community.  Alfredo has been an officer in the CHBA since 2013, notably improving the CHBA’s social media presence as the Director of Communications (which included starting the CHBA’s Twitter handle), dutifully maintaining the books as Treasurer, leading fundraising efforts as Vice-President, advancing the CHBA’s strategic plan as President-Elect, and currently leading the organization as President.  He has twice served as the CHBA’s Annual Awards Dinner Co-chair, the organization’s marquee 200+ person ceremony.  In his role as the Scholarship Committee Co-Chair, he has organized roughly $40,000 in donations to the CHBA’s scholarship fund annually since 2015.   
Before turning thirty-two, Alfredo has built an impressive local and national reputation in his field.  His specialty at Shipman & Goodwin LLP is trade compliance, including international trade and chemical controls.  To provide an example of the responsibility he has already earned, Alfredo is the "first referral" when the Connecticut District Export Council receives legal questions about export control compliance and enforcement issues, quite a distinction for an associate several years into practice!Regarding his substantive work, he guides multinational, regional and small businesses through the web of U.S and foreign laws and regulations governing imports, exports, economic sanctions, antiboycott and anticorruption.  His education and experience as an aerospace engineer has kept him in particularly high demand among hi-tech companies.  In addition, he has become a critical resource in his firm's growing industrial and specialty chemicals practice.  In this area, he has become the primary contact on issues concerning toxic substances, workplace safety, environmental crises response and other environmental, health and safety issues.  He has drafted customized compliance programs, supervised audits and inspections, managed enforcement actions and led negotiations with investigators and counsel at various federal agencies.
Besides serving the CHBA as President, Alfredo has held leadership positions in the Connecticut Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section, and is a Barrister in the local Inn of Court.  In addition to his impressive bar involvement, Alfredo is active in the community.  Notably, he serves on the board of directors of COMPASS Youth Collaborative, a Hartford non-profit which helps students in low-income households remove barriers to success by providing afterschool programs and unique violence prevention services.  Alfredo has also mentored over a dozen law students through multiple organizations, and tutors a third grade student from a local school every Thursday.
With a growing reputation in the field, Alfredo has brought in a distinguished list of clients himself, an impressive feat given his experience level and a strong indicator of his potential.  He is active in his firm's diversity committee and is known within the firm to be a pro bono star with a specialty in housing issues for the disenfranchised.  He consistently publishes articles for the firm's diverse and multinational client base on trade compliance issues, and has been published in international periodicals.  As one example, this past summer, he presented six national webinars in conjunction with the U.S. Commercial Service.  
Alfredo’s has a quiet disarming leadership personality that includes engaging people on the fringes of interest and making them feel like they have a place at the table.  A perfect example of this is his outreach work with the law students at local law schools.  In 2014, he instituted a practice to hold at least one CHBA board meeting on a law school campus per semester, growing untapped connections among students, faculty and administration, feeding the pipeline for future CHBA leaders.  He is just as comfortable engaging “top brass” and successfully setting up partnership opportunities for the CHBA.  
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Fernandez Bio.pdf
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Sandra Lautier
03-01-2018
7 13682018-01-03 19:00:11
Lorraine  Hernández
65 East State Street, Suite 1800
Columbus
Ohio
43215
Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter
Associate
5/16/1978
614 462-5413
lhernandez@keglerbrown.com
Victoria Beckman
65 East State Street, Suite 1800
Columbus
Ohio
43215
Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter
Associate, Co-Chair, Privacy + Data Security practice
614 462-5443
vbeckman@keglerbrown.com
I am excited and honored to be able to nominate Lorraine for this award. Working together over the past year, she has proven to be both an excellent colleague and a wonderful friend. I am impressed and inspired by her. I identify with her story of going to law school and taking both the state bar and patent bar in English – her second language – and I know it’s an accomplishment that shouldn’t be underestimated. Professionally, she has established herself as a knowledgeable and reliable attorney who leads by example through consistent, high-quality work. Additionally, she is open minded and a champion of diversity, especially when it comes to Latina women in the workplace, and is active in groups like the HNBA and the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property. Between her intelligence, her work in the community, and her support of Latina women in the workplace, Lorraine is an excellent choice for this award. She is one of the best young lawyers I’ve worked with.
Lorraine is beginning to gain more and more deserved recognition in her field. As a patent attorney who previously worked in the pharmaceutical industry as an analytical chemist, she possesses impressive knowledge and experience. Most recently, she’s been listed as a 2018 Ohio Rising Star by Super Lawyers, and was selected to the HNBA’s Latina Commission 2017 Leadership Academy. As a member of the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property, Lorraine has often been the sole U.S. representative during multi-national calls and web meetings. She is trusted with the management of a Fortune 500 company’s patent portfolio, both nationally and internationally. 
Being passionate about helping the community is an aspect of her life and career that is fundamental to Lorraine. In her native Puerto Rico, she organized numerous food drives to provide goods to families with limited resources. After her best friend was diagnosed with cancer, and after losing that friend to the disease, Lorraine became heavily involved with organizations raising money for cancer research. Currently, Lorraine is an active camp volunteer and member of the Development Committee for Flying Horse Farms (FHF). FHF provides transformative camp experiences for children with serious illness and their families – free of charge. 
Lorraine has tenacity. Nothing has stopped her from reaching her goals – first getting an education in chemistry and then becoming a patent attorney, all while working in her second language. She is a premier example of an educated, talented, and hardworking Latina, and as a colleague she is a dedicated and reliable team member. Lorraine stands out with her ability to express her points of view and defend them with reasonable arguments. She does the research, she knows what she’s talking about, and she freely shares that knowledge because she knows how to be a positive team member. 
I’ve been impressed by Lorraine’s ability to lead by example. She believes credibility is a vital leadership trait and has earned a reputation for reliable, excellent work, showing that she knows the importance of being dependable. Working with others, she also makes sure everyone is part of the team, emphasizing the importance of communication to everyone’s success. Others value her as a colleague and teammate because she creates a team environment through communication where others are supported, heard, and able to do the best work they can. 
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Lorraine-Hernández-Bio.pdf
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Victoria Beckman
03-01-2018
8 13702018-01-04 19:29:55
Jennifer Cadena
600 17th Street
Denver
Colorado
80202
Incremental Oil and Gas
VP - Land & Legal
11/14/1979
720 763-3187
jcadena@i-og.net
Cynthia Mares
14999 E. Alameda Parkway
Aurora
CO
80012
Aurora Municipal Court
Associate Judge
720 314-1295
cdiannemares@gmail.com
I am nominating Ms. Cadena for this award because she is one of the few young attorneys who stand out for her intellect, leadership skills and involvement in the community. I definitely see her being General Counsel or a CEO of a big corporation one day, as she is a long-term planner, knows what she wants, and sets goals to accomplish her aspirations. Other important qualities about Ms. Cadena are her pleasant demeanor and her sense of humor. These additional qualities are essential to being a well-rounded individual capable of accomplishing what others think is impossible.
Ms. Cadena is one of few Latina oil and gas attorneys in the Denver area.  She currently serves as the general counsel for an Australian publicly traded energy company and, from my experience, is the only Latina to have ever served in this type of role.  She has been recognized as a Colorado Rising Star, an honor bestowed on only 2.5% of attorneys in Colorado.  In addition to being a prolific writer on oil and gas issues, she was also selected to participate in the mentor/mentee program by the Denver Petroleum club, was a vice chair for the ABA’s Public Land Committee, and serves on the Special Institutes Committee for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.  Moreover, the Secretary of the Department of the Interior recently appointed Jennifer to the Royalty Policy Committee, an honor bestowed on only twelve individuals representing the energy industry
In addition to her roles in the energy industry, Ms. Cadena has been significantly involved in the Denver community.  She has served on the Boards of the Hispanic National Bar Association and the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association where she was instrumental in creating the National Lawyer Referral Service and revitalizing the local mentor/mentee program.  Three years ago, the Colorado Supreme Court appointed her to the Law Committee.  Finally, Jennifer supports the Latino community by serving on various educational boards: RM-SER (a head start program), Southwest Early College, and Open World Learning.  Open World Learning teaches Latinos in the Denver area how to code and provides computers upon completion of the course.
I think that Ms. Cadena needs to be recognized because she has succeeded in an industry that does not typically include minorities.  Her appointment to the Royalty Policy Committee is testament to her talent as an energy attorney.  Her focus on helping the Latino community in the Denver area is also impressive.    She not only works hard within her field, but also attempts to ensure that other Latinos in energy and outside of energy are supported.
Ms. Cadena believes that a leader is a person who can motivate others to accomplish their dreams.  She believes that every person can accomplish great things if he/she has the right support.   Leaders should focus on strategy for an organization and recognize that it is not about them and their personal ideas, but about the organization succeeding that is most important.
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2017-09-06 - resume.pdf
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Cynthia Mares
04-11-2018
9 13712018-01-04 20:24:16
Sonia Antolec
1019 W. Jackson Blvd., #2B
Chicago
Illinois
60607
Cook County State's Attorney's Office
Director of Legal Hiring and Recruiting
1/27/83
773 4016623
santolec@gmail.com
Pedro Torres Diaz
One Biscayne Tower, Suite 3500
Miami
Florida
33131
Jackson Lewis, P.C.
Principal
305 5777600
pedro.torres-diaz@jacksonlewis.com
I first met Sonia in 2013, while she served as captain of a moot court team.  From that moment, and since then, she has thoroughly impressed me for her dedication to excellence, commitment to the advancement of others, her strong sense of justice and fairness, and her courage under adverse circumstances.  Sonia has overcome a myriad obstacles in her life, to achieve a career in the law, and raise her teenage son as a single mother.  As her resume makes clear, in her 10-year career, Sonia has accomplished what many do not in a lifetime.
I believe Sonia's attached resume speaks for itself.  I would however highlight her tenure as Chief Administrative Law Judge of the Bureau of Administrative Hearings the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.  At only 32-33 years of age, she was in charge of supervising all aspects of her court, including a large group of ALJs far more experienced than she was, and she did so very successfully.
As is evident from her resume, Sonia is deeply involved with her community.  She founded a Mock Trial Invitational in her son's school, and has been an active member of the Governor's Hispanic Employment Program Advisory Council.  She has also received awards for her community involvement.
Sonia is driven by a desire to serve others, and perhaps more than anyone else I have ever met, she is able to handle an incredible amount of work and tasks, striving for and achieving excellence in everything she does, from parenting to legal work.
Sonia is a brilliant leader, who empowers others to find themselves and achieve the task at hand.  She is extremely thorough, and expects her team to be as well.  She is also honest and provides constructive feedback while helping others succeed.
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S.Antolec Resume 2017.pdf
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Pedro Torres Diaz
04-01-2017
10 13722018-01-04 20:35:49
Richard Saenz
76-09 34th Avenue #311
Jackson Heights
NY
11372
Lambda Legal
Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice and Police Misconduct Strategist
06/28/1981
202 368-4751
rsaenz@lambdalegal.org
Ivan Espinoza Madrigal
120 Kingston Street PH2503
Boston
MA
02111
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice
Executive Director
908 405-2269
iespinoza@lawyerscom.org
I enthusiastically nominate Richard Saenz for the Top Lawyers Under 40 Award. Richard is extremely bright, thoughtful, poised, and articulate. He consistently demonstrates his impressive and effective leadership skills.Richard coordinates criminal justice and policing work at Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to protecting the civil rights of LGBT people and those with HIV.  His work features high-profile impact litigation, cutting-edge policy advocacy and groundbreaking community-based education.  Richard has successfully represented clients facing discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status in state and federal courts across the country. He has successfully advocated for national policy initiatives, including presenting a 2016 Briefing on LGBT/HIV Criminal Justice to the White House.Before joining Lambda Legal, he worked with Legal Services NYC, the largest civil legal services provider in the country. There, Richard created the first LGBT/HIV Advocacy Project to serve low-income people.  Based on 15 years of legal experience --  including significant work with prominent national law firms (Fried Frank), and high-profile civil rights organizations (MALDEF) -- I am firmly convinced that Richard's intellectual depth, critical perspective, analytical ability, and connection to the Latino community make him uniquely qualified for this award. 
In 2013, the National LGBT Bar Association selected Richard as one of its Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40. Richard is a sought-after speaker for workshops and panels at the National LGBT Bar Association's Annual Conference, and he helped to create an annual "Lawyering en Español" workshop for Latino/a LGBT attorneys and law students. In 2013, he received the Community Leadership Award from the Queens Pride House in New York.In 2012, the Fordham School of Law recognized Richard with its OutLaws Alumni Award for his leadership and professional accomplishments.While at Fordham School of Law, Richard was a Stein Public Interest Scholar. He also received the Archibald R. Public Service Award; the MALDEF Fund Scholarship (2007); and the NYC Women’s Bar Association Fellowship (2008).
Richard’s work is best described as “local to national.” He believes in working closely with grassroots groups and community-based partners to design and implement innovative strategies that 1) tackle complex legal issues on the ground; 2) serve as models for national policy advocacy; and 3) fuel the development of impact litigation.Nationally, Richard has over a decade of experience in community organizing and education surrounding LGBT/HIV and poverty issues. He has presented at local and national conferences organized by the HNBA, MetroLALSA, the National LGBT Bar, and the National Bar Association.Locally, Richard mentors future Latino/a attorneys through MetroLALSA.
The traits that Richard has displayed while working on challenging problems -- his lack of intimidation when confronted by complex and unfamiliar issues; his reflective nature and self-effacing humor; and, most importantly, his analytical talent -- distinguish Richard from his peers.Richard’s intellectual depth and natural curiosity drive him to problematize, carefully dissect, and vigorously cross-examine. He works to identify underlying causes and systemic problems.  Richard is also distinguished from his peers by his remarkable history of grassroots advocacy. He has made community education/outreach a central part of his legal career and has provided CLE trainings across the country.
Richard’s leadership philosophy is empowerment-based: he believes there is one movement against oppression and that he has a responsibility to participate –- he will lead and follow.  This philosophy is based on his commitment to social justice. As a leader, Richard shares his expertise – and he actively listens, demonstrates empathy, and goes the extra mile for his colleagues and the Latino/a community.  
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Saenz Resume 2018.docx
Saenz.pdf
Letter of Rec Richard Saenz.pdf
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Ivan  Espinoza Madrigal
04-01-2018
11 13732018-01-04 20:54:15
Juan Santos
250 Munoz Rivera Avenue, Suite 404
San Juan
PR
00918
Jackson Lewis P.C.
Office Managing Principal
03/20/78
787 522-7305
juan.santos@jacksonlewis.com
Pedro Torres Diaz
2 S. Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 3500
Miami
FL
33131
Jackson Lewis P.C.
Principal
305 577-7600
pedro.torres-diaz@jacksonlewis.com
Juan Felipe is a very accomplished and outstanding lawyer who has established a reputation as one of the finest employment law attorneys in Puerto Rico.  When Jackson Lewis opened its office in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2013, he was the first attorney recruited and, since then, he has been instrumental in the success of the office.  At his young age, he was appointed Office Managing Principal and Litigation Manager of the San Juan, Puerto Rico office. He specializes in employment litigation for management and consistently delivers outstanding results for his national clients.  Not only that, but he also receives constant feedback from clients for his responsiveness, and practical and in-depth approach to all scenarios presented to him.  I have worked closely with him for several years (since he was an undergraduate student in fact) and can attest to his work ethic and professionalism.  His commitment to the Latino community in the legal profession made him implement two years ago a scholarship at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, where four Latino law school students with low income and high academic achievements have already been awarded the same.
Juan Felipe is the Office Managing Principal and Litigation Manager of the San Juan, Puerto Rico office of Jackson Lewis P.C.  He has more than 14 years representing multi-national and Puerto Rico employers in employment law litigation before federal and Puerto Rico courts.  He has tried over a dozen cases, including jury trials, obtaining favorable judgments for his clients in all of them.  Juan Felipe has experience as a first chair and has several published opinions.  He is an active speaker at seminars in Puerto Rico and the U.S. on Puerto Rico employment law matters, mainly on wage and hour and preventive strategies, and has been interviewed and cited by the press and television on several occasions for opinions on current employment law issues in Puerto Rico.   He is also a published author of several employment law articles.  Recently, Juan Felipe was invited by the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico as an expert on Puerto Rico employment law to present at one of its Dialogue Sessions in New York City on the impact to employers in the private sector of the Puerto Rico Employment Law Reform enacted in January 2017.  He was the only attorney invited to speak on this topic.
Juan Felipe took the initiative two years ago to launch a scholarship at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law to provide economic assistance to Latinos with low income and high academic achievements.  This initiative received coverage from the press.  In addition, he has actively participated in fundraisers for the Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico, as well as for the Museo de Arte de Ponce.  After the passage of Hurricane María, the firm made a donation to help those affected by the same, and he also assisted in coordinating relief efforts to remote areas of the island.
Juan Felipe is a partner in a well-regarded large national firm where he specializes in important and sensitive litigation matters.  He has earned a reputation as a top employment litigator that achieves desired results.  His past client representations, published work and speaking engagements indicate his career success.  On the community front, Juan Felipe has gained the respect of his colleagues and peers as someone that can always be counted on.  He has also supported diversity initiatives through his law firm and other professional outlets.
Juan Felipe exercises influence, power and leadership with confidence and poise, and he exudes energy and enthusiasm for his endeavors, bringing a positive, thoughtful and intelligent approach to all he does.   His qualities include a warmth and authenticity that draw people to him, all the while conducting himself with integrity and care.  In sum, he is not only someone people readily like, but he is someone you can trust, not only for his ability, but for his character.
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Juan Felipe Santos.pdf
Letter of Recommendation.pdf
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Pedro Torres Diaz
04-01-2018
12 13742018-01-05 14:13:25
Marcelo Blackburn
200 Park Ave.
New York
NY
10166
Winston & Strawn LLP
Partner
July 9, 1978
212 294-6744
MBlackburn@winston.com
Julissa Reynoso
200 Park Ave.
New York
NY
10166
Winston & Strawn LLP
Partner
212 294-4756
JReynoso@winston.com
Marcelo Blackburn has demonstrated professional excellence as a partner in Winston & Strawn’s litigation department; integrity with clients, colleagues and others with whom he interacts; leadership within Winston & Strawn’s Latin American practice, including the development and mentoring of more junior lawyers; commitment to the Hispanic community through his involvement in pro bono immigration and criminal defense cases; and dedication to improving the legal profession through publications and membership in organizations such as the Hispanic National Bar Association, the International Bar Association and the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce.Marcelo’s background also makes him especially appropriate for recognition by the Hispanic National Bar Association.  As a child of a first-generation immigrant mother from Mexico, Marcelo entered grade school with limited ability to speak English and was the first person in his family to graduate from college, ultimately receiving his law degree from Yale Law School.  
Marcelo is a partner at Winston & Strawn with extensive experience handling high-stakes complex litigation and international arbitration for some of the world’s leading companies and financial institutions, including commercial disputes, securities class action and derivative lawsuits, regulatory investigations and bankruptcy-related litigation. He advises clients on transnational litigation, including Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues. A fluent Spanish speaker, Marcelo also advises Latin American clients and external counsel how to successfully achieve their strategic goals in U.S. litigation in a cost-effective manner. Marcelo has been recognized by Latinvex as one of “Latin America’s Rising Legal Stars.”Marcelo’s notable experience includes, representing the municipality of San Juan in connection with the Puerto Rican debt restructuring process; representing a U.S. television sports channel in a lawsuit arising out of its competitors’ bribery of South American soccer officials to obtain the broadcasting rights to international soccer tournaments; and representing one of Argentina’s leading energy companies in securities class actions and various breach of contract cases.Prior to joining Winston, Marcelo practiced at another international law firm. He previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alvin W. Thompson, U.S. District Judge for the District of Connecticut. 
Marcelo’s civic and community involvement includes pro bono work for petitioners seeking asylum in the United States on the basis of political and religious persecution, petitioners seeking immigration status in the United States under the Violence Against Women Act, and criminal defense appeals, including obtaining the reversal of a criminal conviction by the New York Appellate Division, First Department.Marcelo also is actively involved in community organizations such as the Hispanic National Bar Association, the International Bar Association, and the U.S. Mexico Chamber of Commerce.
Marcelo represents clients with an extraordinary commitment to excellence, and a determined and creative approach to achieving the client’s strategic goals.  In addition to his commitment to clients, Marcelo’s commitment to improving the legal profession is reflected in the integrity and professional courtesy with which he interacts with others, including opposing counsel, and his involvement in community organizations and pro bono work.
Marcelo’s leadership philosophy is team-oriented and based on example.  He recognizes that clients are represented best when every person on the team can contribute their unique strengths to the representation.  He seeks to develop each team member’s individual abilities by giving them as much responsibility as they can handle and by crediting each person’s contributions.  Ultimately, Marcelo leads by example, setting a high standard of professional excellence and commitment to clients and the legal practice.
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blackburn-marcelo-m.pdf
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Julissa Reynoso
05-01-2018
13 13752018-01-05 14:17:52
Marcela Robledo
 2475 Hanover Street
Palo Alto
CA
94304
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Counsel
July 2, 1978
650 2515027
mrobledo@stblaw.com
Horacio GUtierrez
275 Central Park W Apt 7B
New York
NY
10024
Spotify Group
General Counsel
917 7541554
Horacio@spotify.com
Marcela has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in her career, a desire to help others, and a strong work-ethic. Marcela stands out from her peers for her work ethic, passion for her field and commitment to the advancement of others.
Marcela is the go-to attorney for intellectual property transactional matters in Simpson Thacher’s West Coast offices. Marcela is the lead intellectual property and privacy attorney in many transactions, including M&A, joint venture, licensing, strategic negotiations, capital markets and credit transactions. Marcela was promoted to Counsel at Simpson Thacher in only eight years, which is faster than the average, and has led the intellectual property and privacy aspects of many transactions for clients such as Microsoft, Dell, Alibaba, Lyft, Airbnb, and many others. Clients turn to Marcela for practical and business-like advice, and she is admired both internally at the firm as well as by outside counsel for her drafting, analytical, verbal and client relationship skills, as well as her work ethic, business-oriented advice and quick thinking. Marcela is one of few Hispanic attorneys at Simpson Thacher, and is the only Hispanic who has been promoted to Counsel in the West Coast. Marcela has superlative skills in analyzing IP issues, drafting and negotiating IP agreements. She has great commercial judgment, in terms of what matters and is material on both sides. She is also extremely personable and is always well-liked by both sides on every deal. 
Marcela founded Simpson Thacher’s women’s group in Palo Alto, CA, and has committed to advancing junior women in their career. Marcela has served on Simpson Thacher’s Associates Committee, Women’s Advisory Council and Diversity Advisory Council. Marcela is also active in several organizations, including Leadership Council in Legal Diversity (LCLD), Leading Women in Technology and ChIPs Women in IP, and regularly trains and promotes junior associates, helping them develop their own legal and soft skills. Marcela was a 2015 Wilpower participant, a 2013 LCLD fellow, and is active in the California legal community. Marcela is part of Lean In Latinas.
Marcela distinguishes among her peers for her commitment to her work, her support for junior associates, and her relationships with her clients. Marcela has tackled the big-ticket, most challenging M&A, capital markets and credit deals, as well as ongoing counseling matters. She is known for her superb drafting and negotiating skills, strong work ethic and stamina, and unflappable demeanor under tremendous time pressure. 
Marcela leads by example. She encourages juniors to take ownership of their work, is detailed and dedicated in providing feedback, and always fosters and promotes up and coming attorneys. She is always looking out for her peers and junior associates, and encourages others to take new risks and opportunities.
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Robledo_Marcela_bio copy.docx
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Horacio Gutierrez
07-01-2018
14 13762018-01-05 16:01:22
Cecilia Sanabria
901 New York Av. NW
Washington
DC
20001
FINNEGAN
Partner
08/11/1982
202 4084478
cecilia.sanabria@finnegan.com
Clara Jimenez
901 New York Av. NW
Washington
DC
20001
FINNEGAN
Associate
202 4084253
clara.jimenez@finnegan.com
  Intellectual property law, and in particular high-stakes patent litigation remains one of the areas where Latinas are vastly underrepresented. The pipeline, which typically requires a STEM focus-career in addition to the high performance required in large law firms, makes the practice incredibly challenging and competitive. Cecilia’s promotion to partner at Finnegan, one of the top IP firms in the world, is recognition of the years of excellent work she has performed in advocating on behalf of her clients, and to her leadership within the firm by championing the advancement of more junior, and in particular diverse, associates. Impacting the legal community beyond the firm, she is proving to serve as another leader for the increasing number of young Hispanic law students and attorneys that want to pursue a career in IP law.
Recently promoted to partner, Cecilia’s excellent work and leadership has also been recognized with her selection as a Fellow for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity in 2017. She led the HNBA’s Intellectual Property Law committee in past years, and has been active in the organization in many committees, including the CLE committee.  Cecilia is an editor of Finnegan’s contribution to the Licensing Executive Society LES Insights publication. 
Cecilia represents pro-bono clients through the DC Bar Association in social security and tenant/landlord disputes. She is also significantly involved in the advancement of Latinos in the profession through programs with Georgetown Law and the Microsoft/HNBA Intellectual Property Law Institute. 
Cecilia strives to achieve excellent results in any endeavor she undertakes. Cecilia is known and respected for consistently delivering high-quality work with integrity and professionalism. As a leader, Cecilia’s ability to develop concrete avenues to maximize the quality and efficiency in her teams is remarkable. Cecilia does not merely seek to take the steps needed to meet a deadline or complete a specific project. Rather, she takes the time to understand her team, the strengths each individual brings to bear and what could facilitate a stronger performance. 
Cecilia is a caring leader who teaches by example, helping associates improve the quality of their performance in tangible ways. She makes herself available to coach junior associates by identifying what is beneficial to work on and provides concrete examples to address challenges that may arise, , and she follows up with associates (even after her projects with her have concluded).  . With Cecilia’s work ethic, associates get a chance to see her advice being implemented in her own practice, imparting a level of authenticity that makes it easier to implement her feedback into their practices.    
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Cecilia-Sanabria.pdf
YES
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Clara Jimenez
05-01-2018
15 13772018-01-05 16:22:16
Christine Manzo
44 West Flagler Street, 25th Floor
Miami
FL
33155
Liebler, Gonzalez & Portuondo
Partner
2/13/83
305 3790400
cmm@lgplaw.com
Miguel Cordano
44 West Flagler St. 25th Floor
Miami
FL
33130
Liebler, Gonzalez & Portuondo
Shareholder
305 379-0400
mc@lgplaw.com
Christine is an accomplished litigator with significant experience handling complex commercial litigation matters.  She is committed to her clients and diversity.  As one of the members of our firm's hiring committee, she has significantly contributed to our firm being named the most diverse law firm in South Florida for several years.                
Christine has first-chaired and prevailed in trial and obtained numerous summary dispositions.  She is the youngest partner in our firm and heads a team of litigators.  She is also actively involved in the firm's business development and diversity teams. 
Christine is the chair of our firm's diversity committee and administers its community and charitable events. She also participates in preparing and serving food to the homeless through the Chapman Partnership, preparing and delivering Thanksgiving meals through Braches, and contributing to Gesu Catholic Church's aid to the poor and elderly. 
Persistence.  Christine does not give up.  She loves a challenge and always delivers.  She is an invested mentor who really cares about people.  
Christine leads by example.  She is not afraid of getting her hands dirty.  She can be demanding, but will never ask anyone to do anything she is not willing to do herself. She strongly believes in fostering development in younger attorneys and treating them as equals, and never tires of assisting them. Her associates know "there is no such thing as a bad question."
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Christine M. Manzo Resume.pdf
YES
YES
YES
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Miguel Cordano
05-01-2018
16 13782018-01-05 16:27:56
Lorenzo Cobiella
8105 NW 155th St
Miami Lakes
FL
33016-5872
Town of Miami Lakes and Cobiella Law Firm, P.A.
Town Attorney and Attorney
March 6, 1979
786 239-7101
lcobiella@cobiellalaw.com
Juan D'Arce
11755 SW 18th Street, #409
Miami
Florida
33175
Litigation Process Servers, LLC.
Managing Member
786 457-1481
juan@litproserv.com
I work with Lorenzo on the Spanish American League Against Discrimination Board as Executive Director. We put many events and programs together and I am also a personal friend of Lorenzo. I see his work and involvement at different levels and believe that he characterizes what this award means. He works for all minorities and the community. Moreover, he is young and dynamic. He will go places and many expect Lorenzo to be appointed to the Bench. 
Was distinguished as a banker and as an attorney has been nominated as Super Lawer and as a Rising Star for 2017 and 2018. Current President of Miami Lakes Bar Association. Vice-President of Spanish American League Against Discrimination. Special Magistrate for the Code Enforcement Board of the Town of Medley. Served for 2 terms in the Florida Bar Probate Committee. Has served in the past on Elderly Affairs Committee, Planning Board, and Economic Advisory Board prior to becoming Town Attorney. 
Lorenzo is a very dynamic and outgoing. He is very involved and makes time to help others as much as possible while allowing organizations to grow. He is able to lead or support the organization. He is involved at multiple levels which go beyond the legal field.
Lorenzo's many years of service as a child starting in his church, Boys Scouts, high school and college which led to his work as an attorney. He is very involved in supporting Hispanic issues for all nationalities and the elderly.
Lorenzo leads by example and allows others to fulfill their leadership abilities through positive reinforcement. 
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Lorenzo Cobiella, Resume & Bio.pdf
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Juan D'Arce
05-01-2018
17 13792018-01-05 16:43:48
Peter Koski
 214 E Del Ray Ave
Alexandria
VA
20002
U.S. Department of Justice 
Deputy Chief 
5/27/1978
650 380-0965 
 Peter.Koski@usdoj.gov
Benjamin Hernandez Stern
1375 Emerald St NE 
Washington
DC 
20002
Department of Justice 
Atttorney
626 2984684
benjahs@gmail.com
Peter is outstanding attorney and leader.  He was one of the youngest Deputy Section Chiefs ever appointed at the Department of Justice and is a proven prosecutor.  His work at the Public Integrity Section is widely known and lauded.  Most recently, he was awarded the Attorney General's award for successfully prosecuting former Congressman Richard Renzi for conspiracy, honest services fraud, bribery, extortion, money laundering, insurance fraud, and racketeering.  Peter has been considered for a number of additional positions in Government and is rising star in the Latino community. 
It's a career achievement to be awarded an  Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service.  Peter has three, as well as an award fromthe Inspector General’s Collaboration Award. On account of his domestic prosecutions, he is sought out for his expertise in routing out corruption.  His counterintelligence prosecutions were widely reported and heralded.  He is a prosecutors' prosecutor. His resume speaks for itself. 
Peter had dedicated his efforts outside of DOJ to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which aims to improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.  He's provided bribery and corruption training in France, Ukraine, Italy, and elsewhere all on his own time. He's also conducted anti-gang training in El Salvador. 
A number of Assistant Attorney Generals, from a diversity of political backgrounds, have trusted Peter to lead high profile prosecutions.  Peter was appointed the lead prosecutor on the Government's case against Senator Robert Menendez.  This was the Criminal Division's premiere case, that aimed to apply a new complex legal standard.  The Assistant Attorney General turned to Peter to lead the prosecution and related appellate issues. 
I've known Peter since law school. He is the still the humble, hardworking person I met during admit weekend.  Peter has taken up challenge after challenge, even those that have taken him away from his family and friends for months at a time.  Leading a large section of attorneys and support staff is difficult.  Peter does so with an affable spirit and can-do attitude.  
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Peter Koski Resume (2).pdf
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Benjamin Hernandez STern
05-01-2018
18 13802018-01-05 16:47:10
Pilar  Herrero
199 Water Street
New York
NY
10038
Center for Reproductive Rights
Human Rights Counsel
3/14/1981
917 637-3793
pherrero@reprorights.org
Lourdes Rivera
199 Water Street
New York
NY
10038
Center for Reproductive Rights
Senior Vice President, U.S. Programs
917 637-3687
lrivera@reprorights.org
Pilar Herrero serves as Human Rights Counsel for the U.S. Human Rights program at the Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center).  In her leadership role, Pilar applies an international human rights lens to strengthen domestic legal and policy advocacy to further reproductive rights and justice, with a special focus on addressing the shameful maternal mortality rates experienced by women of color in the U.S. Pilar’s work  has helped to shine a light on these racial and geographic disparities, particularly in the U.S. South and in urban areas like New York City, and has helped to center the experience and leadership of Black and Latina women who are experiencing these disparities the most. She is a steadfast advocate, a trusted and generous ally and partner, and a strategic lawyer.  Not only has Pilar achieved excellence in her profession, she has demonstrated tenacity and perseverance to achieve these goals as a young, single mother.  Early in her life, Pilar juggled raising a daughter, completing her education, and pursuing a career to uphold the human rights of others.  Pilar is a role model to young women, and Latina lawyers, who can see in her their ability to accomplish personal and professional goals.  Pilar’s accomplishments exemplify the very best qualities of our community -- dedication, tenacity, intelligence, courage, and a commitment to justice.
As a young lawyer, Pilar has distinguished herself as a well-respected legal advocate for maternal health in legal, policy and advocacy spheres, making her a versatile legal professional.  Within the reproductive rights field, Pilar has effectively researched and helped to develop advocacy materials and trainings for public health professionals, legal advocates, and civil society organizations from a wide range of social justice fields giving her the unique ability to connect systemic domestic human rights issues with research-based legal and policy approaches.  Pilar has successfully partnered with communities directly impacted by maternal health discrepancies, domestic violence, race and ethnicity discrimination, immigration status, poverty and lack of access to reproductive rights and helped to create solutions that address the impacts and intersections of these rights violations.  Key accomplishments in her current position at the Center include creating and leading an internal cross programmatic maternal health working group that brings together different Center teams to ensure a maternal health lens is imbedded in our litigation and advocacy work.  Pilar has successfully cultivated a strategic partnership with the Black Mommas Matter Alliance (BMMA), a consortium of maternal health and reproductive justice organization in the African American community working to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality.  Finally, Pilar recently helped co-author an amicus brief in the 5th Circuit in matter of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas v. Smith.  The amicus brief conveys the maternal health impacts of denying Medicaid patients access to Planned Parenthood, and particularly to Black women and other women of color. 
Pilar Herrero is actively involved in both her local community and greater New York city through her volunteer work and as an extension of her role at the Center.  Pilar serves on the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) community engagement group (CEG).   Pilar was part of a team that presented a proposal for a “maternal health and birth rights” campaign. The CEG voted to pursue this theme and is now developing a maternal health/birth justice campaign for the City.  Because of her leadership, Pilar was invited to join a small working group convened by the New York’s DOHMH, which is developing a city-wide supplement to the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS). PRAMS, is a surveillance project of the CDC that surveys women about their pregnancy and birth experiences. It is one of the most important sources of pregnancy data in the U.S. This working group developed a set of supplemental questions for the city that will help capture experiences with racism, segregation, respectful maternity care, and disrespect/abuse of women of color. The questions and the resulting data will be shared with interested jurisdictions outside of New York City.  Locally, Pilar has engaged with youth as a volunteer at the Institute for Collaborative Education High School. In this role, Pilar has mentored students with human rights and social justice related projects. Pilar also provides Pro Bono services to the Incarcerated Mothers Advocacy Project, Immigrant Families Advocacy Project, and with Juvenile Record Sealing.   
Although still early in her career, Pilar has is highly respected among colleagues, supervisors and community partners.  As a new Senior Vice President in the past year, I identified Pilar early on as a staff person whom I can turn to for wise, balanced input and trusted counsel on management or operations questions. Her brilliant, and innovative approaches to the application of human rights in the Center’s U.S. work has made her a reliable advisor across the organization.  Her quiet, yet powerful, leadership and commitment to the full spectrum of reproductive rights and her insistence on respecting the dignity and agency of women of color has encouraged teams throughout the Center and external allies to apply a human rights perspective to maternal health that centers around both communities and individuals who experience the greatest disparities. 
Pilar’s leadership philosophy is one of being highly collaborative, leading by example and insisting on excellence in the quality of work produced.  She supports the leadership and respects the expertise of communities to identify challenges and shape solutions. Her willingness to share her knowledge has inspired others she works with to bring their best self to their work.  She also has a strong commitment to both the professional development of her colleagues, as well as her own.   
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Pilar Herrero Resume Dec 2017.pdf
PH LOR-CRomero.pdf
PH LOR-CPB.pdf
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Lourdes rivera
05-01-2018
19 13812018-01-05 18:40:31
Brian  Berggren
611 Anton Boulevard, Suite 1400
Costa Mesa
CA
92626
Rutan & Tucker, LLP
Associate
March 16, 1986
714 662-4626
bberggren@rutan.com
Nefi Acosta
350 South Grand Avenue, 50th Floor
Los Angeles
CA
90017
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Associate
213 683-9564
nefi.acosta@mto.com
Brian Berggren deserves to be named one of the Hispanic National Bar Association’s “Top Lawyers under 40.”  He is an exceptional, hard-working attorney that is committed to helping his community, increasing diversity in the legal profession, and mentoring aspiring minority attorneys.  Despite having a busy litigation/trial practice (where he works in excess of 2,400 billable hours per year), he dedicates a substantial amount of time to public service and diversity organizations in the Southern California area.Brian’s commitment to diversity issues and his community stems from his background.  Brian comes from a large Mexican family that emigrated from Mexico in the 1920’s. Not only is he a first-generation college student, but he is a first-generation professional.  In fact, he is the only lawyer across the three generations in his family.  Brian is aware of the somewhat unique position he is in (being a Hispanic attorney at a large law firm), and as a result, he is dedicated to paving the way for the next generation of minority attorneys through individual mentoring and involvement with diversity pipeline initiatives.
Brian Berggren is a highly-accomplished associate with Rutan & Tucker, LLP that specializes in false advertising, unfair competition, and trade secret litigation.  He has managed all aspects of litigation from case inception through trial, including conducting motion practice, supervising fact and expert discovery, taking and defending depositions, and examining witnesses at trial.  Because of his achievements, Brian was recognized by his peers and named a “Rising Star” for Southern California by Super Lawyers magazine in 2017 and 2018.As the materials attached to the nomination make clear, Brian has helped achieve victories for his clients in several litigation and white collar defense matters.  For instance, Brian helped secure a seven-figure verdict and liability findings for his client after three-week jury trial alleging trade secret theft and breach of contract; obtained an injunction for his client under the Defend Trade Secrets Act barring former employee from using stolen trade secrets; and won an arbitration award for data and analytics company following a two-week confidential arbitration over competitor’s misuse of proprietary information and trade secret theft.  Brian also successfully persuaded the U.S. Attorney’s Office and SEC to close several, multi-year investigations without any adverse action being taken against his clients.
Brian serves on the Board for the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, having been appointed twice by the Orange County Bar Association.  Because of his dedication and extensive work, the Board unanimously elected him to the Executive Committee in November 2017.  Brian is currently the Board Secretary, but will be automatically installed as the President-Elect and President in subsequent years because of the “leadership ladder.”  Brian is also a panelist and mentor for diversity pipeline initiatives (SEO Law Program and UCI Law’s Pre-Law Outreach Program) dedicated to empowering underrepresented students to attend law school and establish their legal careers.
Brian is truly committed to the recruitment, retention, and promotion of minority attorneys.  Despite being a busy litigation associate, he serves as a mentor and resource for diverse law students and many associates outside of his own firm, such as myself.  I first met Brian when I was a second-year law student at UC Irvine.  Brian took the time to give me tailored career advice, helped identify potential opportunities at other firms, and kept in touch during my clerkship.  This commitment to mentoring minority attorneys, especially those outside his own firm, is what distinguishes Brian from his peers.
Brian is someone that leads by example and believes that any problem can be solved with a combination of hard-work, determination, and grit.  He is someone that will always be in the “trenches” with you, whether that means picking up the slack for another team member during a crisis or somehow fitting in mentoring and board work into his busy schedule.  As the attached letters of recommendation make clear, Brian’s hard-work, determination, and willingness to lead by example is what makes him a truly special attorney.
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Brian Berggren - Resume & Law Firm Bio.pdf
Brian Berggren - Letter of Recommendation #1.pdf
Brian Berggren - Letter of Recommendation #2.pdf
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Nefi Acosta
05-01-2018
20 13822018-01-05 18:56:35
Ricarado Bonilla
1717 Main Street
Dallas
TX
75201
Fish & Richardson
Associate
4/14/1987
214 292-4012
rbonilla@fr.com
Michael Amon
12390 El Camino Real
San Diego
CA
92130
Fish & Richardson
Principal
858 678-5070
amon@fr.com
Just 30 years old, Ricardo Bonilla has come a long way from his Dominican Republic birthplace. His peripatetic childhood in a military family eventually brought him to the top echelons of an elite and specialized area of law: intellectual property. As an associate at Fish, the No. 1 patent litigation firm in the U.S., Ricardo has already won – many high-stakes cases in state and federal courts. Indeed, he second-chaired and won a trial as a first-year associate. In the past year alone, Ricardo won two high-profile cases in the E.D. TX against well-known patent assertion entities and also led and won his first argument at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (the court to which all patent cases are appealed) – affirming almost $1 million in attorneys’ fees for client Bed Bath & Beyond. Despite his young age, Ricardo has earned the trust and respect of clients and senior Fish attorneys because of his deep mastery of case facts, impressive knowledge of case law, and his confident, calm demeanor, both when he’s preparing for trial and in the courtroom.Ricardo is also passionate about helping other Hispanics pursue law careers. 
Ricardo scored several impressive wins in 2017 including a December 2017 Federal Circuit affirmance of almost $1 million in attorneys’ fees for Bed Bath & Beyond. The case, Inventor Holdings LLC v. Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., began in April 2014 when Inventor Holdings sued several retailers for allegedly infringing its patent directed to situations where individuals place orders for goods over the phone or web but then pay for them at a local store. In another case, BSG Tech LLC v. Buyseasons, Inc., Ricardo convinced a federal court to invalidate three BSG Tech patents and dismiss a patent infringement case against Buyseasons, the last remaining defendant in a multi-defendant lawsuit. Over several rounds of litigation, BSG Tech had accused multiple website owners who display customer reviews on their websites of infringing BSG Tech’s database technology.  In EMG Technology, LLC v. Etsy, Inc., Ricardo helped end EMG Technology’s nine-year run of litigation in March 2017 against over 100 defendants by convincing a federal court to invalidate two patents related to a navigation interface for mobile websites. Ricardo was instrumental in getting the case dismissed, including briefing and arguing the winning motion to dismiss.
Ricardo is committed to supporting other Hispanics on the path to a law career. As a Dallas City Lead for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, he pairs diverse, first-year law school students with mentors. In 2016, he was admitted to the Leadership Class of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers and, in 2017, became co-chair of the Lawyers Promoting Diversity Committee. Ricardo serves on the Dallas Bar Association’s Minority Participation Committee and on the Mock Trial Committee, which organizes the Texas High School Mock Trial Competition. At Fish, Ricardo co-chairs Lawtinos, the firm’s Latino Affinity Group.
Ricardo’s legal skills are years ahead of his peers thanks to his ability to see from inception how myriad complex aspects of litigation components can be combined to win. He is dedicated to understanding in detail the client’s objectives, the case and the law. This has earned Ricardo opportunities few attorneys his age have had. For example, after joining Fish as a first-year associate in 2012, he second-chaired Scott H. Howard et al. v. Chiron Point Investment Fund I, LLC, winning a $2 million plus jury verdict in August 2013 and attorneys’ fees in 2014. 
Ricardo believes in leading by example. He strives to embody and uphold the traits he values and hopes to see in others. That starts with a willingness to “roll up your sleeves” and work collaboratively with colleagues at every level. Ricardo believes the best leaders gain valuable insights from many different sources – which means listening, asking many questions, and taking seriously every good idea, no matter where it comes from. He takes calculated risks, and also takes responsibility if something doesn’t work, and he knows that his credibility – and the trust that engenders – is critical to effective leadership.
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Ricardo Bonilla Bio.doc
HNBA01042018LTR.pdf
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Michael Amon
05-01-2018
21 13832018-01-05 19:11:13
Kimberly Lopez Narbona
420 S. Orange Avenue, Suite 1200
Orlando
FL
32801
Akerman LLP
Attorney
2/23/82
407407407407 419-8526
kimberly.lopez@akerman.com
Cindy Duque Bonilla
255 South Orange Avenue, Suite 1260
Orlando
FL
32801
Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial
Partner
407 734-7000
cbonilla@wwhgd.com
I have known Kimberly since she entered the Central Florida legal community in 2008 and have seen her develop into a well-respected attorney in the Orlando area. She immediately became an active and contributing member of the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida and moved up the ranks to serve as president in 2013. During this time, Kimberly advocated and introduced the HNBA to the local affiliate and encouraged various attorneys (including myself) to become involved with the HNBA. She was a chair for the 2013 Corporate Counsel Conference and has remained an active member of the HNBA and a contributing member of our local community.
Kimberly started with Akerman LLP in August 2008 and has focused her practice in commercial litigation. In December 2016, she was promoted to the ranks of partner – making the promotion in the minimum requirement of 8 years. She has represented a variety of clients from small entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 companies across the nation. Her notable work includes the representation of various lenders on commercial foreclosure actions and assisting other lenders navigate the residential foreclosure crisis in the 2008-2014 timeframe. In 2016, she assisted in the defense of a large cigar manufacturer in the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California during a 3-week jury trial on antitrust and related contract claims. She has served on the Middle District of Florida’s magistrate merit selection panel and in 2016, co-chaired a judicial candidate’s election committee, which resulted in the candidate being elected to the county court bench.
Kimberly is an active member of the HNBA, serving as a deputy regional president for Region VIII. She is a past president of the Hispanic Bar Association of Central Florida and also served the organization in the capacities of fundraising and young lawyer’s chair. Kimberly serves as a Regional Board member of Prospera, an economic development and non-profit organization assisting Hispanic entrepreneurs. She contributes her time to assisting her firm’s pro bono and community involvement, namely supporting the national association of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), an organization supporting advocates for abused or neglected children.Kimberly frequently serves as a mentor to students at Orlando’s two local law schools and is an admissions ambassador for her law school alma matter, the University of Florida and serves as president of the UF Association of Hispanic Alumni.
Kimberly carries herself with the utmost professionalism and compassion while remaining an advocate for her clients. She is well respected for her ability to navigate the often contentious world of litigation with great poise. She is guided by her ethics and morals and speaks up for what is right. She understands the importance of community and that one’s success is often molded by the support and sponsorship of others. As such, she is generous with her time in hopes that she too may be help others climb up the ranks or obtain equal access to justice.
Kimberly always conducts herself in a professional, ethical and compassionate manner. She dedicates time and effort to listen to the thoughts of those around her and is selfless in her decision making. Kimberly values collaborative efforts to achieve a greater goal and inspires others to think and dream big. As a leader, she respects those around her and aspires to be a role model for those around her. 
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Kimberly-Lopez-Narbona Bio.pdf
Letter of Recommendation(1).pdf
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Cindy  Duque Bonilla
05-01-2018
22 13842018-01-05 20:45:09
MIguel Nieves
751 Broad St., 
Newark
NJ
07102
Prudential 
Vice President, Corporate Counsel
10/18/1980
973 802-8476
miguel.nieves@prudential.com
Hasan Ibrahim
213 Washington Street
Newark
nj
07102
Prudential 
Chief Legal Officer, Prudential Advisors
973 802-3641
hasan.ibrahim@prudential.com
Miguel is an excellent example of the type of individual that this award was created to recognize.  Before the age of 40, he has distinguished himself in his profession, having led sophisticated multi-billion dollar capital markets transactions at one of the country’s leading law firms, then transitioning as a Vice President to the in-house legal department at one of the country’s leading companies.  He is committed to his community, mentoring youth in the Newark area throughout the schoolyear and making significant contributions to Prudential’s volunteerism and pro bono endeavors.  He is focused on doing things the right way by treating others with compassion, dignity and respect.  Miguel recognizes and appreciates how fortunate he is to be in his position, and feels a sense of duty with respect to how he represents himself and other Latinos.  He is driven, ambitious, well-regarded, and I believe he has a bright future.  He will represent the HNBA well.  
Upon graduating from Fordham School of Law, Miguel joined Sidley Austin’s Capital Markets and Securities group in New York.  He was the only Latino lawyer in his class.  Although he joined at a tumultuous time (only weeks after Lehman Brothers’ 2008 bankruptcy filing), Miguel distinguished himself and became a trusted associate due to his attention to detail, work ethic and securities law knowledge.   He became the go-to lead associate on sophisticated, multi-billion dollar securities offering and liability management transactions, often acting as the front-facing member of the Sidley team and leading drafting and negotiations.  He was regularly tapped as a mentor for summer associates, and often gave substantive capital markets presentations to junior associates.  Miguel also led a number of pro bono representations, including successful political asylum and U-Visa applications.  In 2015 Miguel transitioned to Prudential’s Financial Management Law group.  At Prudential, Miguel has leveraged his capital markets experience to guide the Company in novel transactions, including a new syndicated credit facility for a Japanese affiliate in 2016, a debt tender offer in 2016, and a debt-for-debt exchange offer in 2017.  Miguel has been nominated as a 2018 Fellow as part of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows Program.
Miguel serves as Attorney Mentor in NJ LEEP’s Constitutional Law Debate program, where throughout the schoolyear he helps his high school student mentee prepare briefs and oral arguments for three Constitutional Law Debate competitions.  As part of Prudential’s Newark Learn Do Earn Program, he has mentored 8th graders at Newark’s Link Community Charter School during weekly sessions focused on professionalism and work preparedness.  Miguel is also Prudential’s representative with, and is an active member of, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, and is actively involved in citizenship initiatives within Prudential, including pro bono legal clinics and volunteerism around Newark.
Miguel is a talented lawyer who provides practical and solutions-oriented advice that his clients value, but what makes him stand out is the way that he treats others.  He has excelled professionally without wavering from his commitment to treat others with dignity and respect.  The result is not just that he is well-liked, but he is trusted and respected in turn by his clients, which Miguel leverages to gain insight and provide exceptional legal advice.  Especially in today’s climate, it is important to promote individuals like Miguel as role models not only of professional achievement, but of kindness and decency.  
Miguel leads by example.  He takes his responsibilities as an advocate for his clients seriously, sets high standards for himself, and expects the same of others.  He believes a leader must be willing to roll-up his sleeves and do whatever it takes, even if something is not “glamorous”, to move a project forward for the benefit of his team.   A leader must be honest, and unafraid to admit and take ownership of mistakes.  He believes a leader must listen.  Finally, he believes an effective leader must view himself as one of, and not above, those who support him.  
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Miguel Nieves New Bio.docx
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Hasan  Ibrahim
05-01-2018
23 13852018-01-05 21:22:19
Marcos Tapia
15406 S. 18th Dr.
Phoenix
AZ
85045
Renaud Cook Drury Mesaros PA
Associate
8-11-83
760 497-8223
mtftapia@gmail.com
Jessica Sanchez
1138 North Alma School Road
Mesa
AZ
85201
Udall Shumway PC
Partner
480 461-5374
jss@udallshumway.com
I have known Marcos since he was a law student.  His resume and biography will speak for themselves, but paper does not do him justice.  Marcos is, by far, the most impactful young leader I have met in my 11 years as an attorney.  Marcos is an accomplished legal professional and overcame many barriers to even become an attorney.  Outside of the office, he has committed every waking minute to eliminate barriers for others and to take strategic steps to advance the Latino community.  He has positioned himself on numerous boards and in numerous organizations, not for himself, but so that he can give back.  With every role he undertakes, he becomes a passionate and innovative driver of change.Marcos is the epitome of what the HNBA 40 Under 40 Award seeks to celebrate and it is with great enthusiasm that I recommend him for this honor. 
Marcos is an accomplished associate and one of Phoenix’s large law firms.  He focuses his practice primarily in Commercial, Product Liability, Real Estate, and Tort litigation matters.  He was recently highlighted in Az Business magazine in the article “Catering to the Future Majority.” For the story, the magazine looked to Marcos as a key source on the underrepresentation of legal counsel for Hispanic business owners in Arizona.  As a young attorney in 2016, Marcos presented an Ethics CLE for Los Abogados entitled “ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS: UNAUTHORIZED PRACTICE OF LAW, USE OF PARALEGALS, DOCUMENT PREPARERS. (Note: Marcos was to co-present with a partner who backed out due to a family emergency.  Marcos took charge and presented the program, as planned, and as the lead presenter.)” Marcos has also attained many prestigious positions on a number of organization.  By way of summary: Marcos was selected to be a member of the State Bar of Arizona, Bar Leadership Institute, 2017 Cohort, and is a Co-Founder of Phoenix Legal Action Network.  He is a mentor and committee co-chair to the ABA Section of Litigation Judicial Internship Opportunity Program.  Marcos also routinely presents to law student and other youth organizations about various topics.
Valley Leadership Institute (Class 39)Aguila Leadership Institute, Board of Directors; Pre-law Program Faculty Los Abogados:  Board of Directors; Communications Director; Pipeline, Gala, Civil Rights Committee ChairHispanic National Bar Association; Deputy President, Region XIV; Pipeline Program FacultyNew American Leaders Project (2017)                   					                    Valle Del Sol, Hispanic Leadership Institute (2016)						                     Honorable Mary H. Murguia’s CourtWorks: Kids to Court Program, VolunteerArizona Disabled Veteran Foundation, Free Legal Clinic Series, VolunteerCongressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Arizona Alumni Chapter Lecture Series, VolunteerBe a Leader Foundation, College Institute Program Series, Speaker  YMCA: Volunteer Youth Basketball Coach
It is commendable for any attorney to take the time to be involved in the community and participate on boards and in organizations.  Marcos goes above and beyond, even what some of the most active attorneys do.  He is an extremely active participant in any role that he undertakes.  He doesn’t just follow through with what is expected and consistently goes above and beyond for any role.  He never says no to an opportunity to make a difference.  Marcos is shining example of leadership, has accomplished so already.  I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about nominating him for this award. 
Marcos’ leadership philosophy can be described as impactful.  Since I met him as a law student, Marcos has participated in work where his efforts can make a difference in other’s lives. Among others, Marcos takes any opportunity to share his story and advice on succeeding in college, law school and life. Marcos has been active with Los Abogados as a board member and co-chair of the pipeline, civil rights and gala committee where he helped gross over $100,000 for student scholarships and where he was instrumental in the start of our new LSAT fellowship program.  
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Marcos A. Tapia- Bio (002).pdf
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Jessica Sanchez
05-01-2018
24 13862018-01-05 22:11:11
CHRISTINE HERNANDEZ
1490 Lafayette Street, Suite 307
DENVER
CO
80218
HERNANDEZ & ASSOCIATES, P.C.
SHAREHOLDER
1/30/1978
303 623-1122
chernandez@hdezlaw.com
ARNULFO HERNANDEZ
1490 Lafayette Street, Suite 307
DENVER
CO
80218
HERNANDEZ & ASSOCIATES, P.C.
MANAGING PARTNER
303 623-1122
AHERNANDEZ@HDEZLAW.COM
Christine M. Hernández exemplifies the virtues that young lawyers should possess. She excels professionally for her clients, she serves the bar, and she is devoted to her community. Christine is a working mother and a business owner that demands from herself a commitment to excellence in every area of life, personally and professionally. Her well-earned reputation as the go-to immigration lawyer in Denver is built on years of challenging work, dedication, perseverance, and many successes for her clients. As a partner with Hernández & Associates, a Latino-owned law firm and the largest immigration law firm in Denver, she oversees the firm’s full-service immigration practice. She represents businesses, individuals, and families in this time of uncertain outcomes in immigration cases. Since becoming a lawyer, she has devoted herself to sustained and selfless service to Colorado’s immigrant community. Every aspect of her career revolves around keeping our country’s immigration system fair and accessible. She fights daily for the literal underdog as immigrants are one of the most powerless populations in our country. In recognition of her sincere dedication to others and leadership abilities, Christine M. Hernandez is an excellent choice for the HNBA Top Lawyers Under 40 Award. 
Christine has shown consistent initiative, leadership, and dedication to members of the Colorado community and to the legal community for years. Her bilingual immigration practice is innovative and includes criminal defense, a blended area known as “Crimmigration.” Her practice is also modern shaping the law through representation, lectures, publications, expert testimony, and membership in key organizations. Christine has secured great results for hundreds of clients in cases involving removal proceedings, asylum, adjustment of status, U visas, and VAWA. She regularly helps individuals and families with the visa process allowing them to enter the US lawfully with a greencard. Christine’s career truly exemplifies “Vision in Action,” a key component of HBNA practices. She has earned the respect of not only her clients, but her peers. She was awarded Super Lawyer in 2015, 2016, and 2017, as well as being named a Top Latino Leader in 2017.  She was also selected to participate in the Colorado Bar Association’s Leadership Training program in 2017.  It is true that the successes of an immigration lawyer aren’t the type that make headlines. Rather, Christine’s achievements for her clients are celebrated quietly in the homes of the immigrant families that she helped keep together. 
Christine’s community involvement is multilayered. As Chair of Colorado Hispanic Bar Association’s (CHBA) Education Committee, she developed programming for Colorado’s law schools in which attorneys share experiences of what life is like for first-year attorneys, as well as programming for seasoned attorneys interested in joining the Bench. For the HNBA, she helped create the Immigrant Legal Defense Fund.  She also mentors pro bono attorneys through Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN) and the Access to Justice Campaign through AILA.  Christine’s practice regularly involves pro bono representation of families and unaccompanied minors, and she also volunteers at after-hours legal clinics.
Christine’s practice is unique from other young attorneys. A review of her career reveals measurable positive impact in the community as a passionate advocate. Christine’s skills and achievements as an immigration lawyer are unmatched in Colorado. On a daily basis, she successfully navigates the high-stakes environment of deportation proceedings blended with the cross-cultural challenges of representing clients from different countries, not just Latin America. Her ability to affectively represent her clients and maintain active leadership roles in HNBA and CHBA as an advocate for immigrants, is inspiring. Christine’s leadership and passion for helping others distinguishes her from her peers.
Christine’s leadership philosophy spans a spectrum of innovative and tried-and-true methods. She continues to advance the accessibility of legal services to underserved populations through determination, commitment, mentorship, and selflessness. She believes in personal responsibility and exhibits that through client development, case management, and leadership of her staff of 16 team members. Christine leads by setting an outstanding example not only with her peers, but as a member of Latino/a community.  She has an open door and provides support and guidance when needed, but gives those around her room to fly.  
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CMH HNBA BIO.docx
C. Hernandez 2018 HNBA Under 40 Award.pdf
HNBA nomination (ADH FOR CMH).pdf
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ARNULFO HERNANDEZ
05-01-2018
25 13872018-01-05 22:35:45
Krsintine  Koren
4 Times Square
New York
NY
10036
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Counsel
04/04/1979
212 7353000
kristine.koren@skadden.com
Annie  Flores
4 Times Square 
New York 
NY 
10036
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
D&I Supervisor
212 735-3819
annie.flores@skadden.com
It is my great pleasure to nominate Kristine M. Koren del Rio for the HNBA's "Top Lawyers Under 40" Awards.  Kristine is a Counsel in Skadden's Investment Management Group and Co-Chair of our Firm's JUNTOS Affinity Network (our Latino and Hispanic attorney network).  Kristine deserves to be nominated for this award due to her highly accomplished career, extensive pro bono work and community engagement.Kristine is admitted to practice in NY and PR.  She represents clients in connection with the formation, reorganization and acquisition of private funds, advisory businesses and joint ventures.  Even with all her responsibilities, Kristine finds the time to assist with pro bono manners and has been repeatedly awarded Skadden's Pro Bono Public Service Award for her work assisting pro bono clients and the Bar Associations.  As a leader of JUNTOS, our Latino and Hispanic attorney network, Kristine has made invaluable contributions mentoring junior attorneys and coordinating community outreach efforts.Kristine also co-authors the leading treatise on private equity funds, entitled Private Equity Funds: Business Structure and Operations and serves as Co-Chair of the NY State Bar Association's Private Investment Funds Committee.We are very proud of her and delighted to make this nomination.
Following her graduation with honors from Harvard College and Cornell Law, Kristine clerked for the Hon. Juan M. Perez-Gimenez in the US District Court for Puerto Rico.  She joined Skadden in 2005, and now leads teams of attorneys around the world on some of the largest and most complex private fund transactions.  Kristine has advised U.S. and international clients on the deployment of approximately $150 billion to private funds, managed accounts, advisory businesses, and other joint ventures.A co-author of the leading treatise on private equity funds, entitled Private Equity Funds: Business Structure and Operations, Kristine has become a thought leader in her field.  She speaks publicly on matters involving private funds and offers CLE seminars.  She also serves as Co-Chair of the NY State Bar Association's Private Investment Funds Committee and has authored various public comment letters on proposed rulemakings by the Securities and Exchange Commission.Although Kristine focuses on private equity, she represents both sponsor and investor clients on private fund formations with diverse structures, including, for example, a $12 billion hybrid hedge fund, a $100 million venture capital fund dedicated to investments in health and wellness, and one of the largest first-time credit funds ever launched.
Kristine has always dedicated significant time to pro bono and community work.  Over the years, she has mentored several students in our joint program with the City College of New York, which is designed to prepare students from low-income and underrepresented minorities for successful legal careers. She also serves as Co-Chair of JUNTOS, our Latino and Hispanic attorney network, mentoring junior attorneys and creating educational programming opportunities.  In addition to her community work, Kristine also takes on pro bono cases and has been recognized by the NY State Bar Association and Skadden for her efforts.
Kristine has a sincere commitment to the progression of the Latino legal community and to excelling in the practice of law, but perhaps what distinguishes her most is that she is truly kind.  In my capacity as Diversity & Inclusion Supervisor at Skadden, I have seen her efforts to create an inclusive workplace culture through her efforts organizing the programming for Juntos and as a mentor to many students and junior attorneys over the years.  She is a brilliant, exemplary professional who always finds time to share her talents and help others in any way she can.
Kristine's leadership philosophy is to lead by example and be sincere and kind. She is a very hard worker and someone that junior lawyers look to for inspiration. 
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Koren_Kristine.pdf
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Annie  Flores
05-01-2018
26 13882018-01-06 02:38:27
Enrique  Conde
333 SE 2ND Ave
Miami
FL
33133
Greenberg Traurig
Shareholder
08/08/1979
305 5790747
condee@gtlaw.com
Patricia Menendez Cambo
333 SE 2ND Ave
Miami
FL
33133
Greenberg Traurig
Vice Chair
305 5790766
draskovicc@gtlaw.com
Over the past 13 years, Enrique Conde has handled numerous high profile domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate financings, joint ventures and all types of general contractual matters throughout the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Africa. This includes providing strategic advice to CEOs and General Counsels as they navigate the complexities of entering and doing business in multiple global markets. Fluent in Spanish, and licensed to practice in Florida and New York, he is highly experienced in assisting Latin American and European companies doing business in the United States.As a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) since 2014, Enrique has helped cultivate the next generation of foreign policy leaders, encouraging young women and men from diverse backgrounds to engage in a sustained conversation on international affairs and United States foreign policy. Given his global experience, Enrique has helped Greenberg Traurig expand into several regions, including India, Asia and Africa, driving the firm’s financial performance.Enrique, who is a Miami native of Cuban and Peruvian descent, has used his leadership skills to influence and give back to his community in many positive ways.
Enrique joined Greenberg Traurig in 2005 as a first-year associate and was elevated to shareholder in record time, becoming one of the youngest shareholders in the firm. He is a highly-skilled international corporate attorney, willing to go above and beyond what is required in order to ensure that our clients obtain the best results. Even as a student earing his B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania, he distinguished himself as a community leader by founding CAUSA (Cuban-American Undergraduate Students Association). Enrique has represented some of the world’s most iconic companies, including Restaurant Brands International in its international expansion, and Rowland Coffee Roasters, the owner of the historic Cuban coffee brands Café Bustelo and Café Pilon, in its sale to Smuckers.As an integral member of the firm’s Latin American and Iberian Practice, Enrique was part of the team that won the 2017 “International Counsel in Latin America” award in the Corporate & Finance (Florida-based) category at the Chambers Latin America Awards. Additionally, Enrique was recognized as an “Emerging Leader” by The M&A Advisor in 2017. He was named a “Latin America Rising Legal Star” by Latinvex in 2015. 
Enrique was chairman and co-founder of The Futuro Program in 2001. The program is designed to empower Latinos through education and leadership development. Enrique serves on the boards of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s South Florida Chapter and Posse Miami. He works on raising awareness and fundraising for both organizations.Enrique is involved with the Council of the Americas (COA), frequently attending the Women’s Hemispheric Network events in support of gender parity and serving on the Steering Committee of the COA’s Young Professionals Group. In addition, Enrique is the Vice-President of the Alumni Board at Ransom Everglades. 
Inspired by his experience as a Miami native of Cuban and Peruvian descent, Enrique has leveraged his firsthand knowledge of the exile experience to support meaningful social and educational initiatives, both locally and globally. As exemplified in his significant service to numerous communities, he is committed to giving back to society in numerous ways. Today, Enrique has truly developed into a thought leader in support of gender parity, the rule of law, and education.
Enrique is a firm believer in empowering those he works with, both as an attorney and a member of the local and global communities. His strong support for educational and social justice causes derives from his belief that every individual has a meaningful contribution to make to society. Enrique is a man of character: honest, generous and thoughtful. He also has an infectious sense of humor and the ability to inspire everyone around him to do their best. All of these great qualities reflect on his leadership style and motivate others to achieve success.  
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Enrique A. Conde - Bio.pdf
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Patricia Menendez Cambo
05-01-2018
27 13892018-01-06 02:51:50
Donald Goff
35 W. Wacker Drive
Chicago
IL
60601
Winston & Strawn LLP
Associate
October 16, 1980
312 5585927
dgoff@winston.com
Paul Goulet
1700 K Street, N.W.
Washington 
D.C.
20006
Winston & Strawn LLP
Partner
202 2825331
pgoulet@winston.com
I enthusiastically nominate Winston & Strawn Associate Donald Goff for HNBA’s 2018 Top Lawyers Under 40 Awards. Don concentrates in tax, specifically middle-market private equity M&A transactions handled in our Chicago office. Don joined Winston & Strawn as a lateral in 2013 and, with his considerable talents, quickly became one of our most valuable associates. Don currently serves on Winston’s Diversity Committee, where he has been a member since 2015, and participates as a member of the Latino/a Lawyer Alliance at Winston. Don is also committed to pro bono activities and participates as a volunteer attorney for Wills for Heroes, an organization that provides estate planning documents for policemen, firemen, and veterans. Don participates in our mentoring program and received an honorable mention for our Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program in 2017. Prior to joining the firm, he was a member of Jenner & Block’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, its Associates’ Committee, and served as a co-chair of its Hispanic Lawyers Forum. Due to Don’s commitment to excellence at Winston, devotion to pro bono clients, leadership, and substantial time and effort in various civic and community activities, I proudly nominate him for this award.
Donald Goff is one of the principal tax lawyers handling a significant portion of Winston’s M&A transactions out of the Chicago office, particularly with respect to middle-market private equity M&A. As an 8th-year associate, he often takes on a partner-level role on these and even-larger complex transactions. He handles all tax components, including drafting and negotiating tax provisions for purchase agreements, operating agreements, loan agreements, and other deal documents in connection with merger and acquisition transactions totaling over $12 billion in aggregate deal value; analyzing structuring alternatives and preparing structure charts reflecting tax-preferred structures; preparing spreadsheets for basis step-up estimates and limited-liability holding company waterfall examples; coordinating with third-party accounting firms in reviewing tax diligence reports and ensuring appropriate indemnity under relevant deal provisions; and providing the key tax provisions of deal documents and potential economic impact updates to colleagues and business and tax personnel of clients.
Donald Goff is a board member of North Side Housing and Supportive Services, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to ending homelessness through its work in operating an emergency shelter, permanent housing, and other services (http://www.northsidehousing.org). He is also a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association and the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois. In addition, he is an alumnus of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc., a historically Latino-based fraternity with multicultural membership (http://sigmalambdabeta.com/our-story/), a member of its Chicago Alumni Network, and has served in various leadership roles for the University of Florida Chapter, including membership educator, vice president, and treasurer.
In addition to his hard work and attention to detail (efforts that are integral to any associate’s success), Donald Goff has taken ownership of his work product and his career. He is willing, when appropriate, to assume responsibility over larger and more complex transactions than is typical of an attorney at his level. He has also taken a principal role in both formal and informal training of junior associates, including coordinating with junior partners in co-teaching transactional workshops for fellow tax associates.
Donald Goff strives to lead by example, to be inclusive, and to empower his colleagues in both servicing client transactions and developing in their individual careers. Don believes that getting “buy-in” from team members is critical to ensuring that everyone is achieving at their peak performance level and that a group is delivering optimal client service. He appreciates the opportunity to mentor fellow associates and enjoys witnessing those associates taking the opportunity to do the same.
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Donald Goff - Resume.pdf
Dean Recommendation Letter.pdf
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Paul Goulet
05-01-2018
28 13902018-01-08 15:09:20
Esteban "Steve" Shardonofsky
700 Milam Street, Suite 1400
Houston
TX
77002-2797
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Partner
5-26-1979
713 225-1001
sshardonofsky@seyfarth.com
Christa Dommers
975 F Street NW
Washington
DC
20004
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Partner
202 828-3521
cdommers@seyfarth.com
Seyfarth Shaw is proud to nominate Esteban “Steve” Shardonofsky as a Top Lawyer Under 40 because he embodies the ideals of a leader both within the Firm and in the Community.  The greatest gift that anyone can give is his time, and Steve is always willing to devote his time and expertise to help others.  Whether it is in mentoring others within the Firm, providing pro bono representation to prisoners or immigrants, or serving on the Board of the Houston Center for Literacy, Steve graciously gives of himself.  He is a respected litigator within the Firm,  recognized by Chambers and has the distinction of being Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law since 2012, an honor that less than 1% of Texas attorneys may claim.  Steve leads by example. During the period that Steve led our Houston office’s Pro Bono Committee, the Houston office was twice honored as Pro Bono Office of the Year, once because Steve had encouraged and achieved 100% pro bono participation by attorneys in that office.  For these reasons, we believe that Steve is a Top Lawyer Under 40.
Steve is a Partner in the Labor and Employment Group in the Houston office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  This, by itself, is a significant achievement, as Seyfarth’s L&E group is consistently ranked among the top practice groups in the country. Steve is called upon by clients to defend them in a wide range of employment matters, including collective and class action wage and hour cases, single-plaintiff cases involving countless different employment claims and issues, and investigations and audits by state and federal agencies.  He is also a trusted advisor to clients in Texas and throughout the United States, providing ongoing and weekly counseling and advice to HR professionals, managers, and in-house attorneys on all manner of employment issues, including compliance with federal and state wage-and-hour laws, discipline and termination decisions, reductions in force, enforceability of non-compete and other restrictive covenants, policy and handbook updates, workplace accommodations, and hiring and background checks, among other issues.  Steve is a frequent speaker at seminars for HR professionals and in-house employment attorneys, and also contributes often to the firm’s various employment law blogs.  Steve is a 2005 graduate of the University of Houston - Law Center.
Steve oversaw pro-bono efforts in the Houston office from 2010 to 2014, when the office twice won “pro bono office of the year” and was recognized by the Harris County Bench Bar. He has worked on numerous pro bono matters, including a prisoner civil rights trial, immigration proceedings, and work for non-profits. Since 2010, Steve has been involved with the Houston Center for Literacy, was recently re-elected by the Mayor and City Council to the HCL Board, and serves as Secretary and Vice-Chairman. Steve has over the years also mentored minority law students through various local and national programs.
Steve has excelled professionally while focusing time and effort in his community and championing a team-centered approach to the practice of law in the office, which sometimes runs counter to the business and professional realities in the industry. Steve has been Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law since 2012—a distinction held by less than 1% of attorneys in Texas. Among other official accolades, he is ranked as a “Recognized Practitioner” by Chambers USA.  Steve mentors numerous attorneys in the Firm and is a proven leader.
Steve’s leadership philosophy is teamwork and inclusion. He understands that leaders are tasked with making decisions -- sometimes difficult ones -- and charting strategy.  In doing so, he fosters a professional environment where brainstorming and creativity (in terms of substance and perspective) are encouraged, and no voice is silenced.  Steve spends significant time training, mentoring, and supervising numerous attorneys who rely on him to help brainstorm strategy, provide sample briefs, and share research memos. His approach has been recognized by partners in other offices who continue to entrust him to supervise matters for their own clients.
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Christa Dommers
08-01-2018
29 13912018-01-08 15:15:21
Miriam Crespo
2439 Manhattan Blvd. Ste. 310
HArvey
LA
70058
Miriam K. Crespo
Owner/ Lead Attorney
06/20/1982
504 2363226
mcrespo@crespoimmigrationlaw.com
Lisa Zelaya
2625 Highland Drive West
Gretna
LA
70056
Law Office of Miriam K. Crespo
Legal Assistant
504 6551178
lzelaya@crespoimmigrationlaw.com
I have worked with Miriam for a little over three years now and I can truly attest to her work ethic and what a great attorney she is and has grown to be.  Miriam juggles being the president of more than 4 committees and is very involved in the community aside from her full time position running her own firm and her part-time position being a supervising attorney at Loyola Law School.  
Miriam has won numerous cases in the New Orleans and Oakdale Immigration courts.  She has gotten judgments granting special immigration juvenile status for over 20 children in Jefferson and Orleans parish in the last 9 months alone.  She was given the title of Pro-Bono Staff Attorney at the Consulate of Honduras in New Orleans and the list can go on and on for what she has achieved. 
Miriam is president of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana, she is on the board for the Murphy Edu. & Sports Foundation and Puentes which all deal with helping the youth of the community in Louisiana.
Miriam is a phenomenal multitasker, which you can see solely from how much she partakes in.  But not only does she sit as president of many of the committees but she is active in them all. She juggles them all, all while running her own business and taking care of her daughter. 
Miriam's Leadership philosophy is to take one day at a time.  She takes the day as it comes and tries to do her absolute best to overcome what the day has planned for her. 
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2016 10 19 Bio for MC.docx
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Lisa Zelaya
08-01-2018
30 13932018-01-08 20:37:21
Cindy Villanueva
201 E. Washington
Phoenix
AZ
85004
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
Intellectual Property Attorney
9/15/84
602 262-5789
cvillanueva@lrrlaw.com
Ashley Villaverde Halvorson
 N. Central Ave. Ste. 2700
Phoenix
AZ
85016
Jones Skelton & Hochuli PLC
Partner
602 263-1724
ahalvorson@jshfirm.com
I enthusiastically nominate Cindy for the HNBA “Top Lawyers Under 40” Award because Cindy’s seven years as a lawyer exemplify everything that the Top Lawyer Under 40 Award seeks to highlight and celebrate.  Cindy has shown exemplary leadership and commitment to the Latino community.  She has served on the Florence Project, the only organization in Arizona that provides free legal assistance to individuals in immigration detention, since 2013. As a Board member and Co-Chair of the Fund Development Committee, Cindy has helped the organization navigate a changing political climate, and helped grow the organization to address the increased needs of the community.In addition, Cindy currently serves on the Los Abogados Board of Directors, where she has helped organize the annual gala, and helped obtain various sponsors to fund the Valdemar Cordova Scholarship Program, which awards scholarships to students at three Arizona law schools.  Cindy also serves on her firm’s Diversity and Inclusiveness Committee, increasing the hiring and retention of minority and women attorneys. Finally, Cindy’s leadership commitment is shown by her selection to Valley Leadership, which trains current leaders in Arizona to be more effective and impactful leaders.  
Cindy has shown professional excellence since becoming an attorney.  She obtained the highest score on the Arizona bar when she took the exam in 2010.  Cindy has also been named Southwest Super Lawyers - Rising Star in IP Litigation in both 2016 and 2017.  In 2014, Cindy  was named a Top 50 Pro Bono Attorney by the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education.  Further, I am aware that Cindy is a key member of the Intellectual Property group at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, and has developed strong skills in copyright law.  She has presented on copyright law at a number of conferences including Kraemer Copyright Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado and at the National Association of Women Business Owners conference.  Cindy has demonstrated great skill in one of the fastest growing sectors in the legal field.  Her day to day work experience with entrepreneurs, large corporations and governments gives her a unique view of the “New Economy.”  Further, Cindy has mentored Latino law students interested in practicing Intellectual Property through the Los Abogados mentorship program.   
Cindy is heavily involved in the Latino community and the legal community generally. She is a Deputy President of HNBA Region XIV, helped organize the 2017 Su Negocios event in Phoenix, and was selected in 2016 to participated in the HNBA Latina Leadership Academy. She also serves on two boards – the Florence Project Board of Directors and the Los Abogados Board of Directors.  Cindy was also selected to participate in the Valley Leadership program, which selects community members to participate in a nine-month leadership program to empower participants to strengthen and transform the Arizona community.  In 2017, she participated in the Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy.  
Cindy has proven herself as a dedicated attorney and advocate for the Latino community, and could not be more deserving of this award.  She is smart, energetic, dependable, considerate and exhibits a strong work ethic.  These traits, together with her community service, combine to make Cindy an exceptional candidate for this award. 
Cindy’s leadership philosophy is based on the principals of serving others and creating teamwork.  She has taken on a number of leadership roles and has shown leadership not only from the podium but also from behind the scenes.  Cindy understands and values both types of leadership styles as she understands that sometimes leaders need to allow others to lead in order to fully take advantage of skills and expertise held by others on the team.  Cindy also welcomes diverse perspectives and differences of opinion as healthy debate and examining alternatives are necessary to come up with the most sound decisions.  	
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Resume.C.Villanueva 2017.doc
Cindy LOR.pdf
cindy LOR2.docx
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Ashley Villaverde Halvorson
08-01-2018
31 13942018-01-09 15:47:13
MIRIAM CRESPO
2439 MANHATTAN BOULEVARD SUITE 310
HARVEY
LA
70058
THE LAW OFFICE OF MIRIAM K CRESPO
ATTORNEY AT LAW
06/20/1982
504 3009793
mcrespo@crespoimmigrationlaw.com
JOSE CARACCIOLI
365 CANAL STREET SUITE 400
NEW ORLEANS
LA
70130
CONSULATE OF HONDURAS
VICE CONSUL
504 9202566
josecaraccioli@gmail.com
Mrs. Crespo has shown immense commitment to her labor, she is a brilliant person with knowledge of the law and 
She has managed to establish a trajectory in regards to immigration law in the state of Louisiana, specifically tailored to the Latin American community in the State. Having made a name for herself she has moved on to setting up her own law firm. 
She is engaged with the Latin American community vying to become an important voice in the representation of this segment o society.
Engagement, intelligence, leadership.
She has taken it upon herself to set up her own law firm to make sure her principles are the guiding force behind her work as an attorney
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Bio HLAL.docx
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JOSE  CARACCIOLI
09-01-2018
32 13972018-01-09 20:34:53
Tomas Garcia
500 4th Street NW
Albuquerque 
NM
87102
Modrall Sperling Lawyers
Associate Attorney
12/22/82
5051 505-8481892
tomas.garcia@modrall.com
Michelle Hernandez
500 4th Street, NW
Albuquerque
NM
87102
Modrall Sperling Lawyers
Partner
1 505-848-1813
michelle.hernandez@modrall.com
Tomas is smart, and dedicated to everything that he does, but at the same time, he approaches everything with a sense of humility and great sense of humor. He never forgets his roots and is committed to his family, which extends to not only his own family, but to his friends and co-workers.  He is engaged in his community, and committed to making New Mexico and Albuquerque a great place, and to increasing diversity in the legal profession. He mentors many young lawyers, in our state, and throughout the country.
Education: Juris Doctor, Georgetown University Law Center, 2011Master of Public Policy, Harvard University, Kennedy Schools of Government, 2008Bachelor of Arts, Yale University, 2005Work history and awards:•	Associate Attorney, Modrall Sperling, Albuquerque, NM, 09/2013 – Presento	Named “Young Lawyer of the Year” for 2015 by the New Mexico Defense Lawyers’ Associationo	Recognized as a “Southwest Rising Star” in 2015 and 2016 by Southwest Super Lawyerso	Selected as an American Bar Association Business Law Section Fellow in 2015o	Selected as an American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Scholar in 2014o	Elected to the Board of Directors for the State Bar of New Mexico, Young Lawyers Division, 2014o	Elected vice chair of the State Bar of New Mexico, Young Lawyers Division, 2015o	Elected chair-elect of the State Bar of New Mexico, Young Lawyers Division, 2016•	Law Clerk to Justice Charles W. Daniels, New Mexico Supreme Court, Santa Fe, NM, 09/2012 – 09/2013 •	Associate Attorney, Miller Stratvert, P.A., Albuquerque, NM, 09/2011 – 09/2012 •	Part-time Law Clerk, U.S. Department of Interior Office of the Solicitor, Washington, DC, 09/2010 – 12/2010•	Analyst, U.S. Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC, 08/2008 – 05/2009•	Constituent Services Representative, Office of Governor Bill Richardson, Santa Fe, NM 08/2005 – 08/2006
Served as the chair on the board of directors for the State Bar of New Mexico Young Lawyers Division (YLD). Before he joined the board, the YLD had a program called “Serving our Seniors” in which young lawyers drafted basic wills, power of attorney documents, and advanced healthcare directives for low-income senior citizens. He is also active with the Board of the Future, a group of young professionals in Albuquerque, and founded a charter school for under privileged children for college prep. 
Tomas is smart, hard-working, humble, an advocate for diversity.  He could have gone anywhere in the country, but chose to return to New Mexico to give back to the community that raised him.  He is passionate about increasing diversity in the legal profession, and spearheaded the founding of the diversity committee in our firm, and mentors many law students in New Mexico and in the country.  
Tomas is a leader who aspires to bring out the best in his community, his workplace, and the organizations with which he affiliates.  After joining our firm, Tomas earned appointment to the State Bar Young Lawyers Division board, ultimately serving as chair.  With a strong commitment to diversity, Tomas prompted our firm to establish a diversity committee to ensure our workplace is inclusive.  Finally, with a passion for social equality, Tomas serves on the founding board of a charter school dedicated to providing college preparatory education to students in our city’s poorest zip code.  Tomas aligns his values with actions.
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Tomas Garcia Resume (W2046603x7A92D).doc
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Michelle Hernandez
09-01-2018
33 13982018-01-09 21:17:57
Giancarlo  Urey
865 S Figueroa Street, Suite 2400 
Los Angeles 
California 
90017
Davis Wright Tremaine
Associate
08/19/1983
213 633-6899
 giancarlourey@dwt.com
Camilo Echavarria
865 S. Figueroa St., Ste 2400 
Los Angeles
CA
90017
Davis Wright Tremaine
Partner
213 633-6854
camiloechavarria@dwt.com 
I am nominating Giancarlo for the HNBA Top Lawyers Under 40 Award because he embodies what it means to be a determined and contentious lawyer. He is a topnotch senior associate who excels at a large firm. He is extremely hard working and deeply cares about his clients and cases. In the process of mastering his craft, he tends to his clients’ needs and does whatever he can to ensure positive outcomes for his cases. He exceeds the requirements in all of his litigation matters. He does not hesitate to working late nights to prepare helpful strategies for his team members and clients. Giancarlo is a pleasure to work with and even when stress levels are high, he is able to deliver while remaining calm and providing comedic relief. 
Giancarlo is an expert in his chosen field of employment law. He regularly represents large companies in employment disputes. Companies that he has successfully defended included: Kaiser Permanente, Walt Disney Company, and Bank of America. Giancarlo is also a successful trial attorney.  Recently, he represented the City of Seattle at trial and Kaiser Permanente at arbitration, both of which resulted in verdicts in favor of his clients. His outstanding performance has led clients to regularly request that he work on their matters. In addition to the excellent work that he does on his own cases, he is sought out for guidance and strategies from both clients and colleagues on how to best handle difficult employment disputes.
Giancarlo has helped raise thousands of dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Alliance for Housing and Healing, an organization that provides housing to individuals struggling with poverty, homelessness, or HIV/ AIDS. He has maintained active pro bono involvement. He successfully represented low income Spanish-speaking tenants in housing disputes with their landlords helped them remain in their apartments. He settled a case for a Spanish-speaking worker who requested past due wages and was countersued for $500,000 dollars by his employer. After a year and a half of petitioning he helped three women and a newborn gain refugee-resettlement.
Giancarlo’s commitment to his clients and cases is what distinguishes him from his peers. He works tirelessly to make sure he is able to provide them with the best results. His insight on strategy and his skills in trial far exceeded his years of practice. He is a brilliant individual and an excellent team player. He is always willing to help, even if it means working late nights and on weekends. His ambitious and positive attitude exudes into his work and motivates everyone that works with him.  
Giancarlo has helped raise thousands of dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Alliance for Housing and Healing, an organization that provides housing to individuals struggling with poverty, homelessness, or HIV/ AIDS. He has maintained active pro bono involvement. He successfully represented low income Spanish-speaking tenants in housing disputes with their landlords helped them remain in their apartments. He settled a case for a Spanish-speaking worker who requested past due wages and was counter-sued for $500,000 dollars by his employer. After a year and a half of petitioning he helped three women and a newborn gain refugee-resettlement.
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2018 Giancarlo Resume.pdf
Portia Moore Giancarlo Letter of Rec. HNBA.pdf
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Camilo Echavarria
09-01-2018
34 14002018-01-09 22:23:54
Jolene Negre
633 West 5th Street, Suite 3600
Los Angeles
CA
90071-2054
Jenner & Block LLP
Partner
2/28/1981
213 239-2221
jnegre@jenner.com
Gabriel Fuentes
353 N. Clark Street
Chicago
IL
60654-3456
Jenner & Block LLP
Partner
312 923-2808
gfuentes@jenner.com
Jolene has demonstrated professional excellence, integrity, leadership, commitment to the Hispanic community, and dedication to improving the legal profession.  Jolene has widely earned the respect of colleagues, opposing counsel and clients by distinguishing herself through her exceptional representation of public and privately-held companies in corporate and securities transactions and counseling. She takes on leadership responsibilities within the firm, in the legal community and in service of the community at large.  She has long served as a mentor to junior lawyers at the firm and in the legal community, including through her work with the HNBA, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and other organizations.  She devotes substantial time to improving the legal profession, particularly with respect to support and resources for diverse junior attorneys.  Her skill, experience and leadership at this stage in her career warrant her consideration to be among the HNBA’s “Top Lawyers Under 40.”
Jolene is a trusted advisor called upon by clients and colleagues to handle complex transactional matters. She has represented Fox in the creation and acquisition of regional sports networks in innovative and high-dollar deals including, among others, Fox’s investment in the YES Network. She has represented clients in investments in and creation of entertainment production companies.   She is currently an integral member of the Jenner & Block team advising Snyder’s-Lance in its $4.9 billion acquisition by Campbell Soup Company, which will enable Campbell to expand its portfolio of leading snacking brands. Jolene also provides clients across a range of industries, such as aerospace and defense, automotive, semiconductors and entertainment, with securities counseling, including on issues relating to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  Additionally, she is a leader in the firm’s cryptocurrency and blockchain technology practices, serving clients issuing cryptocurrencies and building businesses related to cryptocurrency and blockchain technology.  Jolene is a frequent author and speaker on cutting edge topics related to the field.  
Jolene is chair of the HNBA’s Business Law Section. In 2014, she was selected for the Fellows Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, a national organization comprising the legal profession’s top general counsel and managing partners. She is a board member of St. Joseph Center, a non-profit dedicated to providing working poor families, as well as homeless men, women, and children of all ages, with resources and tools to become productive, stable and self-supporting community members.  A founding member of Penn Law Southern California Alumni Club, Jolene served as its founding president (2009 – 2011) and vice president (2011-2013).  
Jolene is deeply committed to serving her clients. She is flexible in helping clients achieve practical solutions and unique, creative outcomes that fit their business and legal needs. Jolene ensures that her team members are supported and have the resources to deliver excellent legal solutions for clients. She enhances the culture of Jenner & Block by serving on the office hiring committee, co-chairing the women’s forum, and serving on the committee for restructuring lawyer and staff benefits. Jolene is also dedicated to mentoring diverse younger lawyers in the firm and providing opportunities for growth and advancement.  
Jolene fosters a collaborative and supportive environment through her many leadership roles within the firm and community organizations. As a leader in the firm, Jolene seeks input from all team members, from senior partners to junior associates, to develop practical and effective solutions for the issues at hand.  When overseeing junior team members, she assigns them meaningful roles and responsibilities, but also provides support and regular feedback to ensure their success. Jolene has also consistently served in leadership roles for organizations focused on issues facing Latino professionals and lawyers, approaching each role with a collaborative and team-oriented approach. 
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JoleneENegre.pdf
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Gabriel Fuentes
09-01-2018
35 14012018-01-10 18:56:23
Matthew Quinn
9229 ward Parkway
Kansas City
Missouri
64114
Donald J. Quinn II
Associate Attorney
12/14/1989
816 665-4092
matthewquinn@quinnlawkc.com
Donald  Quinn
9229 ward Parkway
Kansas City
Missouri
64114
Quinn & Quinn, P.C.
Attorney
816 444-7474
djq@quinnlawkc.com
Because I believe it is important to encourage the hard work and dedication of young lawyers like  Matthew in assisting our ever growing hispanic community.   His energy, empathy and love of his mexican heritage must be nurtured to foster his nascent  desire to work for the benefit of all hispanics. 
Matthew has lectured to incarcerated persons about their legal rights as undocumented immigrants.  He has also represented parties seeking asylum through the Center of Excellence here in Kansas City.  He is also a volunteer attorney at the Kansas City Neighborhood Justice Center who assists those seeking legal counsel with an emphasis in assisting spanish speaking clients.
Matthew is involved with the Legal Center of Excellence and the Kansas City Neighborhood Justice Center. Both provide pro bono assistance to those in need of legal counsel.  Whether it is giving advice to those involved with the Federal Immigration Court or local and state courts,  Matthew has assisted those in need of bilingual counsel.  
Matthew is very empathetic.  His desire to assist the hispanic community, based in part upon his mexican heritage coupled with his legal training sets him apart from his peers in the legal community.
Assist in making the world a better place for all persons who need legal counsel and help.
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quinn matthew resume.docx
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donald quinn
10-01-2018
36 14022018-01-10 21:50:19
Eduardo Gonzalez Canales
1111 Louisiana St 44th floor
Houston
TX
77002
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Associate
09/20/1986
713 2502131
ecanales@akingump.com
Carlos Bermudez
1999 Avenue of the Stars Suite 600
Los Angeles
CA
90067
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Partner
310 7283320
cbermudez@akingump.com
Eduardo is an outstanding Latino succeeding in a challenging legal practice. He grew up in Mexico City and moved away from his family to attend college and law school in the U.S. Having grown up in a family with connections to the energy industry, Eduardo decided to focus on energy law. However, being the first member in his family to study abroad, attend graduate school and pursue a career outside of Mexico, he had to make his own way. After graduating cum laude from law school, Eduardo made a first stop in Dallas where he practiced real estate law for an international firm. Eduardo used his spare time to study developments in the energy industry while acquiring the necessary fundamental skills to excel as an attorney. Thanks to his perseverance and hard work, Eduardo achieved his goal to work in the energy industry and has made the most of it. Eduardo does not look at his career as just a job; rather, he believes it to be a means to become an agent of change for his firm, his community, his family and his country. I have no doubt that he will accomplish this ambitious goal.
Eduardo has been working in Akin Gump’s Global Energy Transactions group since 2015. He has participated in extremely sophisticated deals including counseling the Mexican government during the implementation of the Energy Reform and the ensuing Bid Rounds, assisting in the representation of several clients in the acquisition and divestiture of assets and oil and gas companies domestically and internationally, and advising clients during drafting/negotiation of agreements related to the development and servicing of global energy projects. Eduardo’s role in these matters has expanded as he has been able to assimilate complex legal concepts and techniques and apply them to advance our clients’ particular interests. One of Eduardo’s best qualities is his desire to continue learning. He obtained a Masters in Energy Law while working full time as an associate. He also frequently workshops and presentations focused on the operations and financial aspects of the energy industry to better understand our clients’ needs and opportunities. His growth and industry knowledge have not gone unnoticed; several media outlets frequently reach out to get his perspective on matters affecting the energy industry in Latin America. He has also published numerous articles and presented seminars to industry experts.  
Despite spending several years away from his family and home country, Eduardo remains true to his core beliefs and understands that he would not have been able to achieve his goals without the help of others. He strives to give back by representing pro bono clients in a wide variety of matters including domestic violence, asylum and non-profit corporate issues. His outstanding work and dedication to the delivery of legal services to low-income Texans was recently recognized by The Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas.
Eduardo has a great capacity to conceptualize and resolve complex problems by maximizing the available resources.  He dissects each component of a transaction to better understand the role it plays in the matter and how it impacts a client’s ultimate business goals. His ability to relate the details to the “big picture” is an incredible asset to our firm. In addition, his drive and passion will take him to great heights. Eduardo is a goal-setter and everyone around him benefits from his vision whether business, community or socially focused. 
Eduardo’s leadership philosophy focuses on identifying the strengths in others, empowering people to maximize their contributions and bringing his peers together towards the desired goal. He listens well and communicates to colleagues that their contributions are critical to the team’s success.  A great example is Eduardo’s participation in the Leadership Academy organized by the Houston Young Lawyers Association where he leads its work with the Tahirih Justice Center to create awareness of the human trafficking problems affecting Houston.  Eduardo has been organizing CLEs and volunteer events/workshops to help victims request asylum, assert their rights and prepare for job interviews.  
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EGC - Resume 2018.docx
Letter in Support of Nomination.pdf
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Carlos Bermudez
10-01-2018
37 14032018-01-10 21:56:37
Veronica Ramirez
1017 Middlefield Road
Redwood City
CA
94063
City of Redwood City
City Attorney
04/29/1978
650 780.7200
vramirez@redwoodcity.org
Patrick Jimenez
700 Airpor Bl #380
Burlingame
CA
94010
Samuelsen Gonzalez Valenzuela & Brown
Managing Partner
415 5776670
pjimenez@sgvblaw.com
Veronica is one of youngest, if not the youngest, Latinas appointed to the position of City Attorney in a major city in California.  She is the oldest child of Mexican immigrants and the first in her family to graduate from college.  She is truly a pioneer for other Latinos/Latinas.
She has proven herself to be an invaluable advisor on a variety of complex, high-profile projects in the areas of land use and real estate, and has been an effective chief legal advisor to the City's Planning Commission. After a competitive process and interviewing finalists from around the state, the City Council unanimously picked Veronica as the best candidate, for her extraordinary skill, local municipal experience and collaborative attitude
Veronica has served in the public sector since graduating from law school.  She is involved in mentoring younger students, speaks regularly at local schools, and is a graduate of the HOPE Leadership Institute (HLI).
Veronica is a bright and hardworking individual.  She holds the highest ethical standards and is a model for both older and newer generations of the Hispanic community. 
Veronica leads by example.  She doesn't push others to work harder, she pulls them up with her.  She is well respected by her peers and the attorneys who work for her. 
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VR 2018 Resume.pdf
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Patrick Jimenez
10-01-2018
38 14042018-01-11 00:03:30
Camille Marcos Napa
508 1st Street Apt. 1
Brooklyn
NY
11215
Cross MediaWorks, LLC
Corporate Counsel
February 14,1981
917 584-9953
cmarcos@crossmw.tv
Marx Calderon
111 Atlantic Avenue Apt. 405
Boston
MA
02110
Nixon Peabody LLP
Associate 
508 6880743
mpcald12@gmail.com
I am nominating Camille Marcos Napa for the “Top Lawyers Under 40” Award because I firmly believe that Camille is an excellent corporate counsel and a rising star in a cutting-edge area of the Law.  I have watched Camille develop into a confident, astute legal adviser who is sought out by her business clients on a daily basis for advice and guidance both with regards to legal and business matters.  That development was possible because Camille is an extremely hard working knowledge seeker who devotes a lot of time and energy in becoming better in her craft.  It is this work ethic and passion for professional development that has led to Camille being Corporate Counsel of a cutting-edge Advanced Television business and as the global Advanced TV business grows I know that she will be an industry expert and legal leader in the field. 
Camille is the Corporate Counsel of Cross MediaWorks, a family of global media and advertising companies, focused on advancing the TV and video advertising marketplace. Cross MediaWorks helps drive bottom-line results for more than 500 advertisers and agencies and 200 pay-tv providers worldwide. The Cross MediaWorks technology platform reaches more than 140 million households and 500 million devices.In addition to being Corporate Counsel to the Cross MediaWorks family of businesses, Camille is the Lead Counsel for One2one Media, Cross MediaWorks’ highly specialized, independent entity that offers both agencies and advertisers turnkey solutions for Addressable Video and In-Home Entertainment. As the Advanced TV market grows (Credit Suisse recently projected Addressable ad spend to reach $100BB over the next 5 years), Camille will continue to be a leader in this field. 
Camille is an active member and supporter of the Ascend Education Fund (AEF) since its inception in 2013.  AEF is a nonprofit created to enable students of exceptional promise to reach their full potential through higher education.  AEF provides scholarships as well as academic and professional mentorship programs to all of its Ascend Educational Scholars.  Camille was the Honorary Co-Chair of the organization’s Annual Fundraising Gala in 2017 which helped raise over $100,000 in scholarship funds for NYC immigrant youth, allowing eleven students to pursue their dreams of attending college.  Camille will Co-Chair the Gala again in 2018.  
Camille has a very personable, patient and empathetic approach to advising her business clients which allows her to build a relationship of trust and comfort with them.   Typically, business clients dread going to the attorney for legal review because of the fear that the lawyer will only slow the process down. Camille doesn’t have that issue with her clients because she is highly responsive and efficient in meeting the client’s goals.  Camille is also dedicated to patiently spending the time with the client, explaining the legal issues and working with them as a partner instead of as an impediment.  
Camille’s demonstrated leadership philosophy is that she is dedicated to learning as much as possible about her client’s business to be able to provide proper business and legal advice.  She is not afraid to take on something new and unknown and has exhibited a willingness to continue learning and growing in her field by attending industry and legal conferences, and trainings.  One of the most impressive things about Camille is that as she advances in her career she is passionate about taking what she has learned in her professional life and giving back to others by providing mentorship and guidance. 
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Camille Marcos Napa Resume.pdf
Chris Poindexter Letter of Recommendation January 2018.pdf
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Marx Calderon
10-01-2018
39 14072018-01-11 11:20:24
Michael Valenzuela
15 S. 15th Avenue
Phoenix
Arizona
85007
Arizona Attorney General's Office
Assistant Attorney General
January 28, 1983
602 330-3370
michael.valenzuela@azag.gov
Jason Barraza
111 W. Monroe St., Suite 1111
Phoenix
AZ
85003
Veridus LLC
Senior Associate Director
602 229-1129
jbarraza@veridus.com
Since 2014, I have served with Michael on Los Abogados’ Board of Directors.  In that time, I have seen Michael demonstrate the professional excellence, integrity, leadership, and commitment to the community that warrants his inclusion in HNBA’s 2018 Top Lawyer’s Under 40.  From the get-go, Michael has demonstrated excellence.  In 2014, despite being new to the Board, Michael volunteered to chair Los Abogados’ annual golf tournament—one of the organization’s marquee fundraising events.  Through his hard work, the tournament was a success.  He thereafter he grew the tournament to record numbers in both participation and the amount of scholarship funds raised.  Michael continued to distinguish himself as his Board service continued.  After only one year on the Board, Michael was elected treasurer.  Michael brought organization and stability to the position, which had had a number of temporary officers in the years prior.  After stabilizing the position for two years, Michael demonstrated selflessness by stepping aside from the position, while remaining on the Board, in order to share the knowledge required for the position with another Board member.As discussed below, these observations are consistent with Michael’s achievements, community involvement, and leadership.  That is why Michael is deserving of this award.
Michael has spent nearly his entire career representing the People of Arizona—first in juvenile dependency appeals, then in criminal appeals.  In doing so do, Michael has become one of Arizona’s top appellate advocates.  He has filed over 200 appellate briefs and has won eight published opinions.  He has also co-written an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court.  This year, Michael persuaded the Arizona Supreme Court to accept review of one of his cases and argued the case before that court.Unsurprisingly, the Arizona Attorney General has twice recognized Michael for his excellent advocacy.  In 2011, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office awarded Michael with his division’s Rising Star Award.  Two years later, the office named Michael as his appellate section’s Outstanding Advocate.  In further recognition of Michael’s excellent work, the Attorney General’s Office has placed Michael on its opinion review committee—a select group of attorney’s within the office that provide guidance to Arizona’s various governmental offices.  This selection is a reflection of Michael’s prowess in legal writing and researching.
Over the past four years, Michael has helped to serve the Hispanic Community has a member of Los Abogados Board of Directors.  Notably, he chaired Los Abogados’ annual scholarship golf tournament from 2014 to 2016.  The final tournament that Michael chaired was Los Abogados’ most profitable tournament to date.  In addition, Michael has volunteered as a mentor through the HNBA’s mentoring program at Arizona State University.  Most recently, Michael has served as a volunteer coach on his son’s community soccer team.
Michael is dedicated to public service.  In addition to receiving his law degree from the University of Arizona, Michael also earned a master’s degree in public administration.  His dedication to public service thereafter led him to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, where he worked to keep dependent children in safe placements and to prosecute non-capital felony crimes.  Michael’s dedication to public service naturally translated into service with Los Abogados in achieving our mission of promoting diversity in the legal profession, improving the quality of legal services, encouraging education in the Latino community, and advocating for the Latino community.
Michael has referenced lessons that he learned while reading Coach John Wooden’s book, Wooden on Leadership.  He identifies with Wooden’s opinion that a key component of leadership is not worrying about whether you are better than others are, but rather, relentlessly working to become the best that you can be.  Michael has worked to be the best leader he can be by participating in the Arizona Bar Leadership Institute (2013) and the ABA’s Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy (2017).  Michael thus does not lead from the top down; he is receptive to others and works to make informed, collaborative decisions.
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Valenzuela Resume.pdf
Valenzuela LOR Halvorson.docx
Valenzuela LOR Sanchez.docx
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Jason Barraza
11-01-2018
40 14082018-01-11 11:27:07
William Knight
620 W. Jackson St., #4015
Phoenix
AZ
85003
Maricopa County
Deputy Public Defender
April 27, 1984
602 694-1976
whknight@asu.edu
Jason Barraza
111 W. Monroe St., Suite 1111
Phoenix
AZ
85003
Veridus LLC
Senior Associate Director
602 229-1129
jbarraza@veridus.com
I serve with Will Knight on the Board of Directors for the Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association, an award-winning HNBA affiliate. I am nominating Will because I can think of few other young lawyers who better exemplify this award’s criteria, particularly those of integrity, leadership, and commitment to the Hispanic community.I’ve known Will since he was a first year law student, and I served on the board that voted to award him our Hon. Valdemar Cordova Community Service Scholarship nearly a decade ago. More recently, as the President of Los Abogados I have tapped Will to chair committees, raise funds, and conduct CLEs for our constituents because I knew I could rely on him to continue the spirit of leadership and commitment to the Hispanic community that first brought him to our attention so many years ago.Above all, despite Will’s outstanding credentials and proven record of leadership, I am nominating Will because I’ve never known a young lawyer more dedicated to improving his community for its own sake, rather than to advance his career. Will doesn’t ask for recognition. That, above all, is why he deserves to be recognized with this award.
With twenty-two trials under his belt, civil and criminal, state and federal, you would be hard pressed to find a Big Law partner with more courtroom experience. Will also bears the hallmark of a great lawyer: stellar writing. You can see for yourselves from the publications listed on his résumé that he is a peer-recognized legal mind, but I can personally attest that Will’s public statements for our organization are often plagiarized by our local sister bars, perhaps the highest praise in our profession.Will spent his first three years of practice as an indispensable litigation associate. In those early years, his colleagues relied on him to tackle the most important, substantive projects. For example, Will earned a place on the team that brought marriage equality to Arizona, and few young lawyers are trusted to write complex appellate briefs on issues of first impression, like Will was in Coulter v. Grant Thornton, LLP, 241 Ariz. 440, 388 P.3d 834 (Ariz. App. 2017).It must have been tough to replace Will when he left to serve his community and hone his trial skills. Now that he’s an accomplished courtroom advocate, as well, it is impossible not to recognize his well-rounded legal talent.
Will has worked with myriad local and national professional associations, including the HNBA and the ABA. Most recently Will was appointed by Arizona’s Chief Justice to serve on a public commission.Again, most of that is in his résumé. What I want to highlight is Will’s moot court service. Five years ago the coach of ASU’s Hispanic law student team dropped out. As a former president of that organization, Will stepped in, and he has coached teams for HNBA competitions ever since. He has high hopes this year, and it would be serendipitous indeed to give him and his team a chance to earn recognition at the same conference.
Will is among a select few lawyers of his vintage who have been invited to return to their alma mater as an adjunct. The fact that Will is now five years removed but the dean still knows him by his first name speaks volumes.Will is also among a select few lawyers of his experience who are trusted by members of the bench with confidential, personal matters. That likely happened because of his years of service in one appointments capacity or another, but I still can’t think of many young lawyers who are, for example, personally asked to do mock interviews to prepare judges who are being considered for higher benches.
Will believes in law practice as a responsibility. Most do not know this, but Will was born in Colombia and only arrived here because his family had to flee the cartel violence of the 1980s. I’ve heard Will speak about how if it weren’t for a few selfless people he would not be where he is today, if he were here at all.Those harrowing roots gave Will purpose and a sense of duty. Will believes that every license is also a mandate to use the powers, privileges, and opportunities available to our profession alone to make the world better.
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Knight Resume.pdf
Knight LOR Beene.pdf
Knight LOR Mendez.pdf
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Jason Barraza
11-01-2018
41 14102018-01-11 17:32:57
Mauricio Videla
146 Catskill Avenue
Yonkers
NY
10704
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Attorney
3/1/1981
917 3092241
MVidela02@gmail.com 
Juan  Sempertegui
808 Anderson Street
Silver Spring
MD
20904
Bank of America
Assistant General Counsel
301 5298307
jmscondor@gmail.com
Mauricio is a quintessential leader and an excellent representation of the HNBA in the American Bar Association (ABA).  Since 2010, Mauricio has served as one-of-few Latino bar leaders in the ABA Business Law Section, the second largest Section in the ABA’s global network.  He currently holds several leadership positions that epitomize the essence of a HNBA Top-40 Nominee:  Diversity & Inclusion Task Force (Vice Chair), Young Lawyer Committee (Vice Chair), and Consumer Financial Services Committee (Young Lawyer Liaison).  In all these positions, Mauricio has made significant strides to diversify the legal profession and increase the number of black and Latino bar leaders.  Mauricio also serves as the chair of the Lawyers Guild for a Latino fraternity.  In this capacity, Mauricio established a network for junior and veteran attorneys to share resources and collaborate on community service initiatives.  Further, the Law Guild exists to increase the number of Latino J.D. applicants and graduates by providing academic resources and encouragement to undergraduate and matriculated law students. Mauricio has achieved great success in his career, and he continues to demonstrate a strong commitment to serving the Hispanic community.  Mauricio is deserving of this prestigious honor, and his award would highlight the caliber of leaders within HNBA’s membership ranks.   
Mauricio has been instrumental in the establishment and growth of a modern, 21st century federal government agency – the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  As an attorney and Federal Commissioned Bank Examiner, Mauricio dedicates himself to serving the American public by ensuring that financial markets work by enforcing laws consistently and fairly, and empowering consumers to take more control over their economic lives.  Mauricio’s practice focuses on assessing and enhancing risk and control frameworks to identify and enhance deficiencies in large, complex financial institutions and advising C-suite executives on legal interpretation and necessary corrective actions.  Mauricio’s work has challenged financial institutions to create consumer-centric financial products and services, and he has contributed to investigation and enforcement actions to prevent financial entities from engaging in unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices that may cause consumer harm.  Mauricio continues to thrive in the regulatory compliance sector has evidenced by multiple organizational honors and awards at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  Further, Mauricio earned his Federal Commission as a Bank Examiner, which demonstrates his capacity to assess the compliance management system of any financial institution with assets of $10 billion or more. 
Mauricio is a pillar of strength for underserved and underrepresented communities.  Since 2002, Mauricio has devoted himself to empowering at-risk youth by creating avenues to bridge the educational gap in black and Latino communities.  In 2004, Mauricio created an outreach program where college students and professionals would mentor middle school students in New York’s most impoverished school district.  Subsequently, Mauricio joined the board of directors for a national Latino nonprofit organization to implement similar educational and outreach programs throughout the country.  Mauricio continued to focus his service initiatives in the realm of higher education.  Mauricio took on the challenge of diversifying the legal profession by serving as a program advisor and speaker for the Council on Legal Education Opportunity.  In this capacity, Mauricio helped aspiring minority applicants to enhance their law school applications and he coached law students to ensure they used effective study habits.  Most recently, Mauricio has dedicated himself to empowering underbanked and impoverished communities to take greater control of their financial lives.  He pioneered national community service initiatives by training business lawyers to host financial literacy workshops in various cities and by publishing articles to extend the reach of Federal resources to all communities.  
Mauricio has a proven record of leading successful projects in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.  Mauricio has an acute sense of determining what resources are needed most in target communities and using his vast network to harness the power of all available resources.  Additionally, Mauricio promotes inclusivity in all of his endeavors.  Mauricio shares his success with many as he constantly seeks ways to empower his peers to succeed as well.  For example, Mauricio was instrumental in the appointment of several people to bar leadership or fellowship positions by serving as a champion for their candidacy. He has also mentored countless of aspiring attorneys to prepare for and succeed in law school.        
If asked, Mauricio would state that his leadership philosophy is rooted in a well-known quote that has been central to his personal and professional life: “To whom much is given, much is expected.”Raised in a single-parent home with very little means, Mauricio recognized the importance of community leaders very early in life.  A leader in the American Bar Association for the past 8 years, Mauricio has assumed various leadership roles that empowered him to increase the number of minority J.D. candidates and help diversify the legal profession.  Further, he has led national initiatives to create synergy between business law practitioners and their pro bono efforts.   
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Videla Mauricio Resume.pdf
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Juan  Sempertegui
11-01-2018
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Mario Dominguez
350 W. Hubbard Street Suite 600
Chicago
IL
60654
Rooney Rippie & Ratnaswamy LLP
Associate
8/22/83
312 447-2822
mario.dominguez@r3law.com
Emily N.  Masalski
1122 S Euclid Avenue
Oak Park
IL
60304
Rooney Rippie & Ratnaswamy LLP
Partner
312 447-2821
emily.masalski@r3law.com
Mario Dominguez is a dynamic litigator and rising star in energy law. I have worked with Mario for approximately two years at Rooney Rippie & Ratnaswamy LLP (“R3”), an energy and environmental law boutique firm in Chicago. Prior to joining R3 in 2015, Mario served as a trial attorney and focused his practice on the defense of civil litigation, product liability, and toxic tort claims.  In 2017, he served on the planning committee for the first Hispanics in Energy (“HIE”) Policy Forum. The theme of the forum was "Economic Growth & Workforce Opportunities" and the event brought together the most influential policy, regulatory and thought leaders in the energy business in Illinois. 	Mario is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, and the Hispanic National Bar Association. 
Mario represents natural gas and electric industry clients before regulatory agencies and state courts, including integrated resource planning, rate litigation, rate design, energy efficiency programs, and complaints alleging violations of state and federal regulatory violations.  Beginning in November 2015, Mario served on R3’s regulatory counsel team as part of the restructuring of over $9.5 billion of debt by the largest municipal utility in the United States.  Mario worked closely with local counsel to translate and draft numerous pleadings in both English and Spanish. Early in his career, Mario served on the National Coordinating Counsel team for a prominent worldwide provider of industrial equipment and related parts.  In this role, Mario oversaw and unified litigation strategies in various jurisdictions throughout the United States.  Mario received his J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.  During law school, he served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Craig J. Mitchell, was a participant in the Hale Moot Court Honors Program, and worked with the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office, Major Narcotics Division. He received his B.A. in Economics, cum laude and with distinction in the major, from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California.Mario is admitted to practice law in California, Illinois, and Nevada.  He is also fluent in Spanish.
I am impressed by Mario’s commitment to providing pro bono legal services for tenants facing eviction in Chicago.  Mario also serves on the Young Professionals Board of Gads Hill Center, a non-profit youth education and family resource center on the Chicago's South Side, and volunteers at an overnight shelter for homeless youth ages 18 to 24 in Chicago through the Night Ministry.
Mario's curiosity has helped him jump feet first into energy law. He transitioned his practice by challenging himself to constantly learn new things instead of adhering to the status quo.
Mario leads by communicating his values and by speaking up for others. On November 12, 2017, he served as a featured panelist at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners 129th Annual Meeting and Education Conference.  He spoke with other prominent Latino/a leaders in the energy industry regarding the challenges Latinos are facing in participating in the energy space and the opportunities to engage the Latino Community into the industry and change the culture of a business.  
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bio_Mario_Dominguez.pdf
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Emily N.  Masalski
11-01-2018
43 14132018-01-12 15:44:11
Brittany  Barrientos
1201 Walnut Street Suite 2900
Kansas City 
MO 
64106
Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Partner 
04/29/84
81616 816.691.2358
brittany.barrientos@stinson.com 
Patrick  Thornton
50 South Sixth Street Suite 2600
Minneapolis 
MN 
55402
Stinson Leonard Street LLP
Communications Specialist 
612 612-335-7117
patrick.thornton@stinson.com
Brittany Barrientos has distinguished herself in her professional accomplishments, leadership and volunteer service. Brittany is a partner in the firm's environmental practice, co-chair of the recruiting committee and active member of the diversity committee.  She is an excellent example of the best of the firm. Brittany advises global and regional businesses as well as municipalities on regulatory compliance of state and federal law, environmental permitting, defense of civil and administrative enforcement actions, environmental due diligence for transactions, and educating clients regarding regulatory requirements and strategies for compliance with environmental laws. Due to her knowledge of the industry she is involved in stakeholder groups on environmental topics tasked with drafting and implementing regulations.  She recently expanded her practice to include OSHA compliance and training.  She looks for creative ways to solve problems and works meticulously with her clients to provide comprehensive solutions to their legal needs. Further, Brittany represents pro bono clients in Kansas City through the firm's Adopt-a-Neighborhood initiative, as well as through national and international initiatives. In 2017 she was selected as Fellow in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and she is a member of the Committee on Minority Issues of the Missouri Bar. 
Brittany is constantly trying to find new and efficient ways to help her client's achieve their business goals. A few examples:Recently she was part of a team that obtained an order from the Environmental Protection Agency to extend a compliance deadline that allowed a client time to install significant air pollution control equipment without the threat of non-compliance with a national rule. Only five orders were granted nationwide. The extension was a significant victory for the client and its electric customers because it avoided a 19-percent electricity bill increase in an already struggling community.  Brittany assisted a client to develop a strategy for approaching a federal agency to self-disclose potential violations. This was a novel approach, as the EPA typically initiates these types of actions after surprise inspections. EPA rewarded the client's level of cooperation and transparency with a mitigated penalty. Brittany recently represented a city in an enforcement action with the EPA. After lengthy negotiations, Brittany convinced the EPA that it was in the public interest that any penalty be directed toward improvements to the city's wastewater facility. Brittany continues to provide assistance to ensure the project is timely and appropriately completed.
Brittany is a Member of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions Leadership Program. This program provides her the opportunity to learn about the community through volunteer work. Since beginning the program, she has devoted significant time to volunteering with a variety of organizations such as building box gardens for the Kansas City Community Gardens, teaching kindergarteners with Junior Achievement, and sorting diapers and packing fresh produce to give to low-income families with Happy Bottoms and Harvesters. Brittany also is a Fellow in the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity and uses that role to add to and strengthen the Firm's diversity initiatives.
Brittany is a first generation college student. This responsibility made her independent and fearless and a willing leader. She knows how to work hard and how to be an invaluable team member. As a former journalist, she is a good listener, curious, thorough, and able to digest and distill information very quickly during tense situations. Brittany is a creative problem solver; she is not content to do things the way they've always been done.  However, she understands how to balance those instincts with the practicalities of her clients' businesses and excels at finding unique resolutions to meet their needs.   
Brittany's leadership philosophy is organic: she learns how things work, gets involved, then takes on leadership roles. An illustration is her position on the Recruiting Committee. When she joined the firm, she was happy to mentor summer associates. Soon, she began mentoring new associates and became a member of the Recruiting Committee. Upon making partner, the firm asked her to lead the Committee. By that time, she had learned the process, had ideas for improvements, and had the trust of the Committee and the Firm to implement news ideas. 
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BarrientosB_bio.pdf
Barrientos HNBA Rec. 2.docx
Barrientos HNBA Rec.pdf
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Patrick Thornton 
12-01-2018
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Jaclyn Medina
515 Forest Avenue
Paramus
NJ
07652
New Jersey Office of the Public Defender
First Assistant Deputy Public Defender, Bergen Trial Region (equivalent to partner) 
7/27/79
201 996.8030 
medinaesq@aol.com
Carlos Bollar
531 Perry Drive
Mount Laurel
New Jersey
08054
Archer & Greiner
Shareholder
856 354-3073
cbollar@archerlaw.com
Ms. Medina has become an important leader in the legal community and has been a zealous advocate for indigent minorities in New Jersey.  She has been repeatedly recognized by her peers for her ability as a trial lawyer, ethics and passion for social justice.   Ms. Medina is also part of the executive committee for the HBA-NJ and will most likely become President-Elect of that organization later this year.     Ms. Medina is only the second Latina in New Jersey to hold the position of First Assistant in the history of the OPD.  She has tackled issues that affect the Latino community including warrantless searches, racial profiling, uncounseled statements, and most notably the implementation of Criminal Justice Reform (CJR) in New Jersey.  She has engineered motion practices that were adopted state wide and continues to ensure that all appropriate constitutional challenges to the new laws are made.  She has been repeatedly recognized as an authority in criminal justice reform.  Finally, Ms. Medina is one of the best trial lawyers I have ever seen. 
In 2013, Ms. Medina became one of the youngest First Assistant Deputy Public Defenders in New Jersey  where she supervises and advises a staff of 17 attorneys and deals with policy and criminal justice reform initiatives.   She has frequently tried high-profile, publicized cases to jury verdict (list of cases available upon request).  She is also a lecturer and program developer for the Office of the Public Defender’s CLE and Professionalism Committees.   She was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to sit on District Ethics Committee II-A.  She is also an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University on lecturing on a variety of topics including human rights.  Ms. Medina has been a leader in the HBA-NJ since from 2007.  Over the years she has chair numerous committees and regularly offered her time and energy to the betterment of the Latino and legal communities.  She has been an integral part of the HBA-NJ, always sacrificing her time to plan and orchestrate a variety of events, from CLEs to mentorship workshops to the Scholarship Gala and Installation Ceremonies.  She organized the HBA-NJ's 2008, 2013 and 2016 United States Supreme Court group admissions and is presently the Editor-in-Chief of the Abogados Newsletter.  
In addition to her leadership in the legal community, Ms. Medina has dedicated her time to community service.  Every year, she runs a workshop and panel discussion for immigrants looking to enter the American workforce.  She has also been a counselor for victims of domestic violence and is a regular speaker at high schools for empowerment of minority youth.    She is a frequent guest lecturer for the “Latino Promise Program” and serves as a mentor for many Latino college students.  She has also been instrumental in the HBA-NJ’s Mentorship Program as a program developer and mentor to law students.  
Ms. Medina's energy, leadership, trial experience, expertise in criminal law and commitment to social change distinguish her from the pack.  Ms. Medina is recognized as a role model and leader for young attorneys and students in New Jersey.  
Ms. Medina possesses a diplomatic, clear and concise method of communication that disarms adversaries and fosters cooperation.  She is a talented speaker and has the ability to connect with the audience to ensure her message is delivered in the most effective way.  Ms. Medina leads by example in a diplomatic, approachable and cooperative manner.  She is a true believer in getting in the trenches with her staff to ensure that she understands all the issues faced by her subordinates. 
YES
Jaclyn_Medina_Esq_CV_2018.pdf
Ltr to Juliette Gillespie - NJ Law Journal - 2.29.16-c.pdf
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Carlos Bollar
12-01-2018
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Karel Suarez
100 SE 2nd Street  Suite 3400
Miami
FL
33131
Diaz, Reus & Targ, LLP
Associate
09.16.1987
786 307-2393
ksuarez@diazreus.com
Richard Montes de Oca
175 SW 7th Street
Miami
FL
33130
MDO Partners
Managing Partner
305 704-8452
rmontes@mdopartners.com
Karel is an exceptional young lawyer, a natural born leader, an inspiring role model and an amazing individual.  Since arriving from Cuba as a young student, he has worked tirelessly to achieve the American Dream and become the very talented lawyer and community leader he is today.  From starting as as a busboy, valet attendant, and waiter to becoming a college and law student to a successful Associate at Diaz Reus in Miami, Karel has demonstrated the drive, commitment and results of a successful lawyer.  His story is inspiring and his achievements in the legal profession and the Latino community are deserving of the HNBA Top Lawyers Under 40 Award.
During his young legal career, Karel has grasped the importance of hard work, dedication and success in the courtroom and at the negotiation table, but also in the community. During law school, Karel worked as an intern in the U.S. House of Representatives, for a U.S. Federal Court judge and at the U.S. Attorneys’ Office, where he gained incredible experience and established valuable contacts.  Recently, Karel has achieved important and considerable victories for his clients in litigation.  He has also established the Cuba Practice at his firm where he is negotiating deals to help U.S. companies and individuals do business in Cuba.  He believes his involvement in these transactions will help both U.S. commerce and the Cuban people.  This endeavor has required a thorough understanding of U.S. and Cuban trade laws, politics and diplomacy.  He has established strong relationships with the governments of both countries to be an effective advocate for his clients in this endeavor.  
Karel has been involved with the HNBA since his first year of law school.  He worked to become the HNBA National President for the Law Student Division.  He was a leader of the HNBA planning committee for its Corporate Counsel Conference in Miami.  Karel participates with local organizations like CABA in order to provide support for the community, including building his homes for a good cause that were later given to low income residents.  He is always willing to meet with law students to mentor them. He is an active member of the International Law Section of the Florida Bar.  
Karel published articles relating to the new hot topic of doing business in Cuba at the Miami Herald, The Daily Business Review, and at The Latin American Advisor. He has been interviewed in many occasions by the local TV stations after traveling to Cuba with potential clients.  
Karel is very dedicated, responsible and thoughtful leader who treats everyone with respect. He also takes the time to look out for and mentor others as a way of giving back. He is able to achieve whatever he sets his mind to and he achieves results not just by his words, but by his actions.
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Karel Suarez - Resume (1-11-2018).doc
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Richard Montes de Oca
12-01-2018
46 14162018-01-12 17:15:23
Andres Acebo
483 Jackson Avenue
Township of Washington
NJ
07676
DECOTIIS, FITZPATRICK, COLE & GIBLIN, LLP
Partner
January 16, 1986
201 783-5691
andres.acebo11@gmail.com
Anna Maria  Tejada
21 Main Street, Suite 251
Hackensack
NJ
07601
Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck
Partner
201 7088209
atejada@kdvlaw.com
Andres Acebo is worthy of this award because at the young age of his career he is a Partner at a New Jersey law firm. Mr. Acebo has distinguished himself due to his intellect, work ethic, and excellent writing style. Mr. Acebo specializes in representing public entities and private businesses in internal investigation, state and federal actions, administrative hearings, arbitration and mediation proceedings. Despite his productive and busy practice, Mr. Acebo finds the time to be an active member of the HNBA and HBA-NJ. 
Mr. Acebo will be a Partner in a major NJ law firm effective January 22, 2018, which is a feat not establish by many at the age of 32. He began his career clerking in the Appellate Division, Superior Court of New Jersey for the Honorable Jonathan Harris.  He was an Associate at Day Pitney and then became Counsel at Cleary Giacobbe Alfieri Jacobs, LLC.  Mr. Acebo has been recognized as a Rising Star by New Jersey Super Lawyers in the area of Employment and Labor Law. Of importance, Mr. Acebo has a distinguishable academic career, as he is a graduate of Brown University, where he was senior editor for the Journal of World Affairs.  He then went on to Rutgers Law School-Newark, where he served as the managing symposium editor of the Rutgers Race and the Law Review. 
He has held several leadership positions with the HNBA, currently serving as a Deputy Regional President for Region III.  He previously served as the Region III Representative to the HNBA – Young Lawyers Division from 2013-2015.  From 2010-2011, he served as the National Vice President for Communications of the HNBA Law Student Division. He has also held key roles in HNBA coordinating committees.  He served as the Co-Chair of the 2014 HNBA Career Fair Steering Committee and was also a member of the 2014 HNBA Moot Court Competition Steering Committee.  Mr. Acebo was also the press secretary for the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey in 2013-2014.
Mr. Acebo has published several articles concerning the cross-section of race, law, politics, and public policy with the Columbia Journal of Race and Law, The Brown University Policy Review, the Seton Hall Legislative Journal, and the Rutgers Race and the Law Review. His articles have been quoted and cited by leading academic journals and legal treatises.
Mr. Acebo believes in leading by example and the importance of emphasizing the importance of team work, diversity and experience, background, and thought.  A leader should inspire others to assume leadership and engagement.  A true leader does not make the people he or she is leading feel like they are followers bur rather partners. 
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Andy Acebo Biography & CV.pdf
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Anna Maria  Tejada
12-01-2018
47 14182018-01-12 20:12:27
Vianny Pichardo
110 Seaman Avenue, apt 5D 
New York 
NY 
10034
Anderson Kill PC
Senior Associate
07/02/1980
212 278-1259
vpichardo@andersonkill.com
Matthew  Fernandez Konigsberg
80 Cranberry Street, 11K
Brooklyn 
NY 
11201
HNBA
Regional President, Region II
845 6415288
matthewfk@gmail.com
Vianny is one of our best leaders.  She is an active member of the HNBA and the Immediate Past President of HNBA Affiliate, The Dominican Bar Association.  As Region II President, I have worked with Vianny and The DBA on various programs throughout the years.  In fact, I nominated the organization last year for HNBA Affiliate of the year.  During her tenure as President, The DBA has experienced great growth and visibility.  She spearheaded a successful series of DBA events this year, including developing a dynamic panel with almost every Dominican Judge in the New York and New Jersey. She also launched a Dominican Judges Journal profiling Dominican Judges – a testament of the diversity and accomplishments by Dominicans on bench.  She hosted New York City Public Advocate Letitia James for a candid discussion with DBA members and a vibrant Latinas in Government panel, including former US Ambassador to Uruguay Julissa Reynoso – highlighting the power and importance of Latinas in Government, particularly during these turbulent times.  
As a commercial litigator, Vianny primarily handles insurance recovery matters for her clients who are exclusively policyholders.  She zealously advocates for her clients to ensure they are adequately protected and receive the benefits of their insurance policies.  She has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a New York Metro Rising Star since 2015.  As a senior associate, Vianny has been a member of various trial teams in matters all across the country in both federal and state courts.  She handles all aspects of complex commercial litigations from discovery to resolution of the case.  She is actively involved in her firm's Women's Initiative Group and the Diversity Committee.  In 2017, Fordham Law School’s LALSA organization recognized Vianny with their Andrew A. Rivera Alumni Achievement Award for her contributions to the Latino legal community.  As the immediate past President of The DBA, under her leadership, the organization’s membership increased by significant numbers and included the establishment of new membership levels.  She revamped the organization’s committees and organized various successful events raising the profile of the organization, including a sold-out Annual Scholarship Gala which raised a record amount of funds for the organization and awarded scholarships to two deserving law students.  For a listing of events under Vianny’s year as President, you can visit The DBA website is here - https://dominicanbarassociation.wildapricot.org/2017-DBA-Events  
As DBA President and previously Chair of the Youth Outreach committee (2015-2017), Vianny ran The DBA’s High School Law Day program providing hundreds of High School students throughout NY with advice from volunteer Judges, attorneys, and law students.  While attending Fordham, she received the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award for her community service. She participated in both the Housing Rights Clinic and the Social Justice Clinic assisting families in housing court and formerly incarcerated individuals with re-entry into their communities.  She was also a member of the Minority Mentorship Program and the Academic Enrichment Program mentoring other first generation law students.  
As one of our few Latina leaders in BigLaw, Vianny understands the importance of active involvement in affinity bar associations.  As DBA President, Vianny re-instituted/created new committees within the organization to foster a close knit community, such as The DBA’s first Women’s Committee: Las Mariposas (named after Dominican national treasures, the Mirabal sisters, and dedicated to promoting women within the legal profession).  She also understands the importance of recognizing and connecting leaders in the legal profession with young attorneys and students. As such, she organized The DBA’s largest Dominican Judiciary night with almost every Dominican Judge in NY/NJ and launched The DBA’s Judiciary Journal.   
Vianny’s leadership philosophy is to lead by example and be collaborative with other leaders in our community.  She believes in strength in unity and has been a close collaborator of HNBA Region II and III.  In addition, as a daughter of an educator, she understands the power of education and how it is the ultimate passport to success and freedom.  In addition, one of her goals is to make sure the future generation is armed with the tools necessary to succeed.  As such, she continues to be actively involved in The DBA’s various pipeline programs, such as the HS Law Day Program, and continues to mentor future law students, law students, and young lawyers.  As a single mother of two young sons, she is determined to make the future brighter for her children and all children.  
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Vianny M Pichardo 2018 (HNBA).pdf
Pichardo letter.pdf
Vianny Pichardo Recommendation.pdf
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Matthew Fernandez Konigsberg
12-01-2018
48 14192018-01-12 20:58:31
Norma Nava Franklin
801 N. Brand Boulevard, Suite 620
Glendale
CA
91203
Garcia Hernandez Sawhney, LLP
Partner
12-01-1979
213 785-3777
nnava@ghslaw.com
Mary Hernandez
2490 Mariners Square Loop, Suite 140
Alameda
CA
94501
Garcia Hernandez Sawhney, LLP
Equity Partner
415 7224152
mhernandez@ghslaw.com
I am nominating Norma Nava because she embodies the spirit of this award and is truly an amazing lawyer and an amazing Latina.  Norma is a brilliant young mother from East L.A. with a magnetic personality, whose educational accomplishments, leadership and skills are unparalleled.  She heads one of our firm’s offices and manages the work and caseload of the other three attorneys in the office.  She mentors them and instills the standard of excellence in the work she oversees.  When Norma joined our firm two years ago, she took all of us and our clients by storm.  We have never stopped marveling at her drive and determination and high standards for herself and everyone around her.  At the same time that she is securing great results for her clients, she has never forgotten her roots.  Indeed, she has spent her entire career engaged in the Latino community and helping others behind her, beginning with law school when she was the Managing Editor of the Chicano/Latino Law Review at UCLA.  Norma is a rising star in the legal profession and a Latina trailblazer.  She has a first-rate mind and a first-rate heart and a fitting recipient for this award.
Norma has successfully represented corporate clients, non-profit organizations, municipalities, and government entities before federal courts, state courts, state administrative tribunals, and Courts of Appeal.  One of her most notable achievements to date was to resolve a complicated employment matter and board member dispute for a high-profile client in the entertainment industry.  Norma’s involvement in this matter saved the client from dissolving a non-profit organization that served as a cornerstone of Latino filmmaking, and helped revive an important Latino film festival that had ceased to exist due to the litigation.  Norma is also a seasoned trial lawyer.  She obtained a $2.1 million jury verdict in favor of her real estate franchisee client who sued a national real estate sales company and its CEO for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and violations of California Franchise Investment Laws.  She also successfully defended two Chinese nationals in a three-week jury trial who were accused of extorting a wealthy Chinese business man in retaliation for their reporting his sexual assault of both clients. Norma has also successfully represented our clients in administrative tribunals and in the California Courts of Appeal.
As a board member of the Latina Lawyers Bar Association Norma provides career guidance to young Latina lawyers.  As vice-president of For People of Color, Inc. she mentors countless potential law school applicants, and gives lectures across California on the law school application process and the importance of securing federal judicial clerkships.  In 2014, Norma was recognized as Alumna of the Year by UCLA Law’s La Raza Law Students Association and in 2015 Norma received the Justice Cruz Reynoso Community Service Award from the Mexican American Bar Association.  Both awards recognized her extensive service and commitment to the Latino community.
Norma's talents as a litigator and as a mentor are exceptional. However, what really distinguishes from her peers, are her honesty and kindness.  As a litigator and a Latina she has learned to be tough to get ahead in her career, but she doesn’t confuse toughness with dishonesty or meanness.  She approaches her work with unparalleled dedication to finding, representing and defending her client’s truth and rights. She also applies these values to her role as mentor to the younger attorneys at the firm offering honesty about their work and pointing out avenues of improvement without diminishing their efforts.
Norma leads by collaboration and mentorship.  As the litigation partner at our firm, she manages, monitors, and delegates all litigation matters.  In her role, she fosters teamwork and solicits ideas on strategy from even the most junior lawyer.  She also actively mentors attorneys through litigation assignments and celebrates their contributions to litigation matters.  Norma recognizes that her mentorship of firm lawyers results in a better work product for our clients.  She created a two-hour presentation focused on the importance of legal research and writing, which we plan to incorporate into the firm’s new lawyer orientation program.
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2017 Resume.pdf
LOR from Olmos Production for Norma Nava Franklin.pdf
LOR-FPOC NNavaFranklin-HNBA-40.pdf
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Mary Hernandez
12-01-2018
49 14202018-01-12 21:20:08
Kevin Cabrera
2000 Ponce de Leon Blvd
Coral Gables
Florida
33134
Salazar Law
Associate
10/25/88
305 374-4897
Cabrera@salazar.law
Luis Salazar
2000 Ponce de Leon Blvd
Coral Gables
Florida
33134
Salazar Law
Partner
305 374-4802
Luis@salazar.law
Some people fall into being lawyers - like they have no better options. Not Kevin Cabrera. Kevin has always had the dream - the ganas - of becoming a great lawyer. He started at my office as a young college clerk, working full time, completing school, and single-mindedly pursuing his law degree. His enthusiasm and sheer joy to be practicing as a lawyer are infectious and makes me want to be a better lawyer myself, even after 25 years of practice. His work is top quality, he is an active member of many community organizations, and he is on his way to becoming a leading legal star in our city, Miami.
- Alumnus of the University of Miami School of Law, where he graduated cum laude with a J.D. and dual LL.M. in Ocean and Coastal Law- Articles and Comments Editor, International Comparative Law Review, 2011- Team Member, Restructuring Law Firm of the Year by Acquisition International Magazine
Kevin is an active volunteer with his city and community. When he is not offering his legal expertise to those less fortunate, he is using his time to offer dance classes free of charge teaching salsa, merengue, and the occasional Zumba class.
Kevin brings a high-energy, charismatic approach to his law practice, winning over colleagues and adversaries alike. With his fellow team members, he brings a can-do, relentlessly optimistic attitude that inspires others to go the extra mile. And with clients, he is authentic and understand, building strong personal connection. Not to mention, he is an accomplomplished Latin ballroom dancer competing in multiple nationally televised talent competitions, including Paula Abdul’s Live to Dance and America’s Got Talent. He has also danced backup to Paula Abdul opening Resort World in Singapore.
Kevin has never failed to step up to the plate in leadership. He’s of the mind that one should never dwell on the problem, but to focus on the solution. And, he uses this philosophy to motivate anyone he works with to cross the finish line together because every link in the chain is important. Kevin leads from inside the trenches, in battle with the rest of the team, to ensure everyone makes it to the end. 
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Luis Salazar
12-01-2017
50 14212018-01-12 21:22:56
Nilda Isidro 
620 Eighth Avenue
New York
NY
10018
Goodwin
Partner
3/4/1982
212  459 7224
NIsidro@goodwinlaw.com
Roberto Braceras 
100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
02210
Goodwin
Partner
617 570 1895
rbraceras@goodwinlaw.com
We are nominating Nilda Isidro, a partner of the Products Liability and Mass Torts practice at Goodwin, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the legal industry, and for her commitment to the Hispanic community. Nilda has become the firm’s go-to lawyer for product liability litigation and regulatory issues applicable to clients in FDA-regulated industries. A formidable litigator, her detailed understanding of the regulatory requirements is not only essential for understanding the intricacies of food and supplement litigation, but also a valuable tool for helping clients navigate the regulatory landscape and minimize litigation risk.  Nilda is the co-chair of the firm’s Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, where she works arduously to promote diversity and inclusion, and serves as a passionate mentor and advocate for the firm’s attorneys of color. Her interest in rooting out and addressing bias, whether conscious or unconscious, is long-held.  In fact, Nilda’s undergraduate honors thesis at Harvard focused on the issue of unconscious bias in juries.As a law student, Nilda was a recipient of the first annual Goodwin Diversity Fellowship award, and ultimately became Goodwin’s first Diversity Fellowship recipient to become a partner at the firm.
Nilda has been recognized by The Legal 500 in multiple years for her work in Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Actions. She was also selected as a Rising Star by the New York Law Journal (2015) and by Super Lawyers (New York Metro – 2014 and 2016). A recipient of the New York Law Journal’s Rising Star award, Nilda has a well-earned reputation for delving into the “science” of the case, working closely with experts and studying the relevant literature. This is an area that not all attorneys are comfortable with, but is critically important not only for litigation strategy and developing a theory of the case, but also for understanding R&D and assessing potential risks in the context of regulatory advice for clients.  Nilda routinely represents high-profile clients in all stages of litigation, and serves on the national counsel team for various clients in MDLs, mass torts and individual cases across the country in state and federal courts.Nilda is also recognized as a thought-leader by her peers, serving as the Chair of the Mass Torts and Class-Actions special litigation group for the Defense Research Institute.  
In addition to her work as the co-chair of Goodwin’s Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, Nilda is active in the HNBA and served on the Latina Commission in 2016-2017.She maintains a close relationship with her law school (NYU), where she frequently participates in panels, mock interview programs, and career fairs for law students of color.Among her many pro bono projects, she works closely with the non-profit organization My Sister’s Place (MSP), organizing clinic days where Goodwin lawyers help women who have been victims of domestic abuse to convert their U-Visas to green cards. 
As demonstrated within the nomination, Nilda’s tenacity coupled with her numerous professional and civic accomplishments distinguishes her from her peers and have quickly advanced her career. It is a result of her commitment and initiative that has paved the way for Nilda to achieve accolades and positions traditionally obtained over a much longer period of time. Having already achieved several “firsts”, Nilda is also well-positioned to be a legal trailblazer within the regulatory and litigation landscape in the food, consumer products and medical device sectors.
Nilda believes in leading by example, and taking an interest in people on an individual level.  She gets to know her associates (whether on her case teams or in her role as a diversity leader), learning about their professional and personal aspirations, passions and frustrations.  Nilda hones others’ strengths and offers more junior attorneys opportunities to learn and grow. She is never afraid to confront authority when change is needed, and endeavors to find solutions that are collaborative.  
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Nilda Isidro Bio.docx
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Roberto Braceras
12-01-2018
51 14222018-01-13 00:09:47
Marlen Cortez Morris
3026 Hermes Dr.
Olympia Fields
Illinois
60461
Cheng Cohen
Partner
10/14/1981
773 6784391
marlen.cortezmorris@chengcohen.com
Norma Manjarrez
111 W. Maple St., Unit 3411
Chicago
Illinois
60610
Ogletree Deakins
Associate Attorney
773 8752124
norma.manjarrez@ogletree.com
There are several reasons why Marlén is deserving of this award. It is her commitment to advancing Latina/os which compels me to nominate her. I have many times reached out to Marlén for guidance and she has never hesitated to share her experiences and advice with me. Frankly, I would not be where I am today without her support. She encouraged me to apply for my current position; she reviewed my resume and writing sample and prepared me for the interview. The value of having her as a resource when I have nobody else in my immediate family who is experienced in the legal field is without measure. Today, we are both members of a cafecito group (which she started with a former colleague) for professional Latinas in Chicago. 
Marlén is a commercial litigator who represents and advises franchisors on a wide range of issues including labor and employment matters, the enforcement and defense of franchise agreements, and disputes regarding regulatory matters. Marlén is a member of the American Bar Association's Forum on Franchising (where she serves as an editor of the Forum's Franchise Law Journal) and Section of Labor and employment Law, the Hispanic Lawyers association of Illinois, and the International Franchise Association (where she serves on the Diversity Institute Board). Marlén also serves on the Junior Leadership Board of the National Immigrant Justice Center and provides pro bono representation to Spanish-speaking clients in various immigration matters. Marlén has been recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers as "Rising Star" in her field.
National Immigrant Justice Center, Junior Leadership Board member; International Franchise Association, Diversity Board member; Latino/a Law Student Association panelist and alumni volunteer; Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois, Law School Committee volunteer; Speaker on Spanish TV Segments on Univision aimed at disseminating information to the Latino community on employment rights: Conozca Sus Derechos (Know Your Rights): Workplace Harassment, Wage Payment, and Worker Classification: Employee vs. Independent Contractor, Univision Chicago & ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities (Apr. 14, 2015 & May 26, 2015)
Her determination, grit, and perseverance. She once shared that her mantra is "la que persevera, alcanza." A phrase her mom told her when she told her mom that she wanted to become a lawyer. Marlén truly embodies these characteristics.
Inclusive, collaborative, and empowering. 
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MCM Resume.pdf
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Norma Manjarrez
12-01-2018
52 14232018-01-13 00:46:57
Omar Gonzalez Pagan
120 Wall Street, 19th Floor
New York
New York
10005
Lambda Legal
Staff Attorney
02/28/1985
212 809-8585
ogonzalez-pagan@lambdalegal.org 
Francisco Dueñas
4221 Wilshire Blvd. Ste. 280
Los Angeles
CA
90010
Lambda Legal
Director, Diversity, Inclusion & Proyecto Igualdad
213 382-7600
fduenas@lambdalegal.org
A Staff Attorney for Lambda Legal, Omar Gonzalez-Pagan is fully committed to his role as a national civil rights legal advocate for LGBT people across the United States. And while his scope of work is national in nature, Omar’s commitment purposefully includes LGBT people in Puerto Rico, a population that is normally overlooked in the LGBT movement. It is no coincidence that Lambda Legal has brought and is litigating two cases in Puerto Rico since Omar joined the organization. These cases are a result of his leadership, perseverance and vigilant implementation of an ethic of inclusivity that I find admirable and that, along with his many accomplishments, is worthy of being recognized by the HNBA. Omar is an active HNBA member, a member of the LGBT section, and a previous panelist on several HNBA CLEs. Omar’s work seeks to protect LGBT people in all spheres of life, from employment and housing to education and health care. His work has resulted in marriage equality for same-sex couples in Puerto Rico and important federal precedents for asylum seekers. Through his efforts, Omar is helping to realize the promise of equality for LGBT people, and specifically LGBT Latinos.
Omar’s accomplishments in LGBT civil rights are numerous and impactful. Omar played an integral role in securing the freedom to marry in the United States. As an Assistant Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Omar helped strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional. It’s no surprise then that he hit the ground running when he joined Lambda Legal, the nation’s oldest and largest legal defense nonprofit organization for LGBT rights. While at Lambda Legal, Omar served as co-counsel in Henry v. Hodges, one of the cases decided by the Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, and served as lead counsel in Conde-Vidal v. Rius-Armendariz, the successful challenge to Puerto Rico’s marriage ban. Since then his work has sought to expand legal protections for LGBT people under federal civil rights laws, in areas such as employment, education, and housing. Omar was co-counsel in the landmark decision in Hively v. Ivy Community College, the first appellate ruling holding that Title VII covers sexual orientation discrimination, and lead counsel in Smith v. Avanti, where he obtained the first court decision in the country holding that the Federal Housing Act prohibits discrimination against LGBT people. 
Recognized as an emerging leader and passionate advocate Omar has spoken at many of America’s leading law schools, including Columbia, Cornell, Penn, and Stanford, and bar associations. He has been recognized as a Best LGBT Lawyer Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association, a Public Interest Leader by the Boston Bar Association, and with the Young Alumni Award by the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is regularly quoted by news outlets regarding the civil rights of LGBT people, including MSNBC. Omar is a member of the HNBA’s LGBT Division and the NYC Bar Association’s LGBT Rights Committee.
Omar has an indefatigable tenacity and a strong work ethic. He brings a needed earnest sense of urgency to the work, work that makes the life of LGBT people and their families easier, less perilous and precarious. He courageously champions cases that expand the usual reach of our organization and movement and fearlessly defends his clients, mirroring their courage in challenging transphobic school boards, discriminatory landlords, abusive prison guards, or years of bad case law. Omar’s ambition to not only right today’s wrong but tomorrow’s as well, makes him uniquely suited for his role as a civil rights impact litigator.
Omar believes in continually setting a high bar of excellence for himself and his team. He leads by example and is always putting 100% of himself into his advocacy. He focuses on his strengths, and expects others to do the same. As an attorney he protects his client’s interests zealously, but also knows that his client’s voice and story needs to be front and center. Omar is uncompromising in his commitment to the legal profession and its continual search for justice. He is enthusiastic for and sincerely believes in our country’s moral development, as exemplified by our evolving legal system.
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OGP Bio and Resume.pdf
KLL nomination letter for OGP for HNBA Top Lawyer Under 40.pdf
letter of rec, Omar Gonzalez-Pagan, HNBA Top Lawyers Under 40.pdf
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Francisco Duenas
12-01-2018
53 14242018-01-13 02:02:47
J. Carlos Orellana
2135 Laurelei Avenue
San Jose
CA
95128
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Senior Assistant Counsel
7/11/1979
408 7057580
jcorellana@yahoo.com
Susana Inda
297 Willow Street
San Jose
CA
95110
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
Staff Attorney II
408 2091112
susana.inda12@gmail.com
As attorneys, we arguably have one of the most difficult and stressful professions an individual may undertake.  Many can become lawyers and even come to be known as good lawyers, but much fewer become great lawyers.  I am nominating J. Carlos Orellana for this award as he exemplifies what it is to be a great lawyer.  Carlos immigrated to this Country from El Salvador when his parents sought a better life, and it is without question that he endeavored to become the best version of himself every day ever since.  He has successfully balanced achieving an advanced legal proficiency in his practice, while remaining committed to his community, future lawyers and his family. 
Carlos is the youngest Senior Assistant Counsel for Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), one of the largest public agencies in California.  In his current role, he is primarily responsible for construction bidding and procurement, contract claims and disputes, and related governance, real estate, and regulatory matters before the agency.  In early January of 2018, Carlos spoke at the Annual Meeting for the Transportation Research Board in Washington D.C. re his expertise in the False Claims Act.  Prior to coming to VTA, Carlos worked in the private sector for two prominent Silicon Valley legal firms, where he served as counsel to multi-billion-dollar construction and real estate companies in many contracting disputes. 
Carlos is currently serving his second year as the President of the La Raza Lawyers Charitable Foundation.  In 2017, under Carlos’ leadership the Foundation was able to provide its first ever $20,000 scholarship to a law school student.  As an attorney mentor for an urban debate league, Carlos made a commitment to mentor a student from high school through law school.  With Carlos’ guidance, his mentee attends the University of California, Riverside.  Carlos has served as an executive committee member to the County Bar Association, and has remained an active member of the La Raza Lawyers Association after serving as president.
Balanced, ambitious, yet humble.  In my opinion, these words best characterize Carlos.  It takes a very unique individual to continue to search growth and advancement in the legal profession without forgetting to extend a helping hand to those in need, particularly students who are first generation Americans, high school graduates and or college graduates.  His ability to care genuinely about all people is why he is balanced, he remembers to always prioritize his family and make the time to attend and participate in events that promote minority advancement in all professions.
Carlos has a “pay if forward” leadership philosophy.  He is continuously grateful to his predecessors and mentors, and thanks them by always keeping in mind the importance of promoting the advancement of the Hispanic community in legal fields.  I am a product of Carlos’ commitment to his community.  When I was a first year attorney, Carlos promised to pay my lunch for every La Raza Lawyers Association (LRLA) meeting I attended.  Because of this exposure, I went on to become the Vice-President of the LRLA and now serving my second term as President.
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J Carlos Orellana Resume (11 02 17).pdf
Orellana HNBA Letter 2018.pdf
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Susana Inda
12-01-2018
54 14252018-01-13 02:04:04
Esteban Shardonofsky
00 Milam St Suite 1400 
Houston 
Texas
77002
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Partner
5/26/79
713 225-1001
sshardonofsky@seyfarth.com
Laura Maechtlen
560 Mission Street, Suite 3100
San Francisco
CA
94105
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Partner, Department Chair 
415 544-1011
lmaechtlen@seyfarth.com 
Esteban ("Steve") Shardonofksy is a tremendous lawyer, leader and human being. He is a huge contributor to our law firm in the area of diversity and inclusion, and is a terrific lawyer.  He leads our labor and employment group in the Houston office, and is active in our Firm's Hispanic Affinity Group, as well as the national Diversity Action Team.  He is a leader in pro bono, and as the Houston pro bono leader, led our Houston office to win the "pro bono office" and "team" of the year in 2009, 2011 and 2017 (just announced)!  He deserves recognition on the national level for all that he does, and is not the type of person to ask for the recognition.  
He has many accolades including: Board Certified in Labor & Employment Law by Texas Board of Legal Specialization;The Best Lawyers In America; Super Lawyer in the area of Labor & Employment Law and Litigation; and 2017 “Recognized Practitioner” by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Steve is a partner at Seyfarth, and holds various leadership positions including Chair, Labor and Employment, Houston Office.  
In 2011, Mr. Shardonofsky and his colleagues achieved a very impressive win at the Texas Supreme Court in a pro bono family law matter. Our clients, a low-income couple, took in Zachery when he was just 6 months old. His mother had abandoned him and his father was unable to care for him. Our clients rescued Zac from abuse and unspeakable living conditions.  Out of the blue, Zac's mother reappeared and asserted that she should have custody of Zac. Even though she had mistreated, neglected, and ultimately abandoned Zac, she claimed that he had been kidnapped from her. The Seyfarth team prevailed at the Texas Supreme Court and defended our clients' right to maintain custody of Zac.2009 Seyfarth Shaw Pro Bono Team of the Year — In 2009, Mr. Shardonofsky assisted in the representation of a Texas prisoner alleging violations of his civil rights, and co-second chaired a three-day trial in federal district court on his behalf.He also serves the Houston Center for Literacy (f/k/a Houston READ Commission) on its Board of Directors and is Vice-Chairman (appointed by Houston City Council). 
While a superior trial lawyer and aggressive advocate for his clients, Steve is a mentor, teacher and excellent partner to all in his office and our firm.  He is dedicated to his community, is active in pro bono and is recognized universally across our firm as a tremendously nice guy and fantastice team-oriented colleague. 
He is team oriented.  Self described mentor and teacher to younger attorneys and associates.  He also has endless devotion and dedication to improving diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.  He is a consensus builder, and not at all into himself (almost no ego).  he does what is right for our firm (a team member before himself).
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Laura  Maechtlen
12-01-2018
55 14262018-01-13 02:31:45
Aleida Conners
5205 Xerxes Avenue South
Minneapolis
Minnesota
55410
Fredrikson & Byron, P.C.
Associate
January 10, 1988
305 978-0168
aleidaconners@gmail.com
Kristy Docabo
23 Jacobs Lane 
Scotch Plains
New Jersey
07076
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Senior Associate
212 218-5616
kristy.docabo@gmail.com
I had the pleasure of meeting Aleida Conners a few years ago at a prior HNBA Corporate Counsel Conference, and, fortunately, forged a strong professional relationship with her.  While she does not practice in my immediate practice area (real estate), I have used her and her firm for various local counsel issues relating to Minnesota-based transactions, and, each time, was impressed with her, her work product, and high level of professionalism which far exceeds her 5th-year associate status.  
Aleida is a fifth year associate attorney at Fredrikson & Byron. She uses her bicultural background to help achieve client goals in expanding to foreign and domestic markets. This includes matters such as: formation, maintenance and dissolution of foreign subsidiaries; drafting and negotiation of manufacturing, sales, consulting and distribution agreements; and cross-border merger, acquisition and divestiture transactions. Aleida has experience representing clients on a broad range of international business matters and routinely acts in an outside general counsel role with respect to such matters. She has assisted clients with setting up and dismantling distribution and sales networks in multiple jurisdictions. Her transactional experience includes cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions in diverse industries, including manufacturing and life sciences, and countries, including Latin America and the Caribbean. Notable recent successes include serving as the lead associate assisting a Minnesota-based medical group in their merger with an integrated healthcare system for consideration of $90 million and serving as the lead associate assisting a beauty products manufacturer with its sale to a strategic investor. 
Aleida is a member of Fredrikson & Byrons’ pro bono committee and engages in pro bono work. She has successfully obtained custody rights on two occasions for the siblings of unaccompanied minors. As a result, both minors were able to apply for and were granted Special Immigrant Juvenile Status resulting in legal permanent residency. She has also helped Hispanic-owned businesses with transactional work. Aleida is also the President-Elect of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association, having served on its board since 2014. Most recently, she coordinated a panel of attorneys to speak to local Latino/a students about career paths.
What distinguishes Aleida from her peers is her level of involvement and leadership in various organizations.  For the past three years, Aleida has represented the MHBA on the steering committee for the annual “Women of Color in the Law Forum.” The forum brings together women from the various minority attorney bar associations in Minnesota to discuss common challenges they face and provide ideas for supporting each other. As a follow-up to the MHBA’s “Someone Like Me Can Do This” event with Justice Sotomayor, a group of MHBA and Federal Bar Association members coordinated a follow up program for local schools with large Latino student populations. Aleida took the lead on coordinating with one of the high schools. The resulting program included a panel of four lawyers and a federal judge that presented to each of the school’s four government classes. She is currently coordinating a mentorship program to pair interested students who attended the presentation with attorney mentors. 
Aleida believes in bringing others up and letting them shine. Her leadership philosophy with respect to her work in the MHBA and with her mentees is to provide tools and be a resource for engaging younger lawyers. She understands that those who are of a more quiet nature have a lot to contribute and works to get them involved where they might not otherwise become involved.
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Conners Resume-c.pdf
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Kristy Docabo
12-01-2018
56 14272018-01-13 04:47:53
Juan  Gonzalez
420 Lexington Ave, Suite 1820
New York
NY
10017
Self - Partner at Rubin Sheeley Paterniti Gonzalez Kaufman LLP
Founding Partner
5/24/78
646 893-2386
gonzalez@rubinsheeley.com
Matthew Fernandez Konigsberg
80 Cranberry Street, 11K
Brooklyn
NY
11201
HNBA
Regional President, Region II
845 641-5288
matthewfk@gmail.com
Juan has been a long-time friend of Region II.  He started his own law firm and heads up the Appellate, General Liability and Employment Practice Groups.  Before that, he achieved success by making partner at a well-known litigation firm in NYC. Before that, he clerked from Judge Ted Jones in the NYS Court of Appeals. All before the age of 40.  He's a leader and has achieved much in his first half of his legal career. He's approachable and helpful.  He has helped the HNBA in the past years, most recently as representing Region II on the New York County Democratic Independent Judicial Screening Panel for State Supreme Court vacancies.  He also mentors law students. In addition, he regularly lectures and serves as Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University School of Law, where he teaches appellate practice, procedure and advanced legal writing and oral advocacy to upper-class students. He's a really solid, great candidate for this award.
As I stated, Juan has quite a resume for someone under 40.  Two years of clerking in the state's highest court under one of the state's most respected jurists, he then worked as an associate and later became partner at a well-known litigation firm in NYC.  He then set out on his own with some colleagues to start their own firm.  They are in their second year, and so far it has been successful.  He also gives back to the community, by volunteering for the HNBA Region II (representing us multiple times) and teaching at St. Johns Law.  Juan is on a roll, and its through steady hard work.  That makes him deserving of this award - he's a great example for Latino attorneys.
Other than the HNBA involvement I listed above, Juan’s civic involvement spans over two decades, from mentoring at-risk high school students, running a high-risk student intervention program at a high school for three years while in college, working fund-raisers during law school, successfully representing a Colombian refugee while in law school, to providing pro bono legal services to artists and musicians, to mentoring law school and younger attorneys through job-searching, resume review and mock interviews, as well as serving as a judge in multiple mock trial and moot court competitions.  Juan is also a member of the Community Free Democrats.
Juan is a self-starter.  His career shows that, but knowing him personally indicates same.  He is not only driven in all that he does, but he always strives to achieve.  He recognizes that even in moments of failure, there is something to achieve by way of lessons, strengthening of fortitude and persistence.  He exhibits humility, and seeks to learn from others and strive for a better version of himself through uncompromising accountability.On a side note, when I asked him to represent Region II on a judicial screening panel, I made clear that he was to operate independently as a reasonable, experienced Latino attorney (without taking orders or opinions from me or anyone else).  He took that seriously, and showed restraint in discussing the confidential panel matters even when directly asked by others.
Juan’s leadership style is collaborative and constructive, driven by uncompromising ethics, self-discipline, confidence with a positive attitude and drive to overcome obstacles rather than create excuses for inaction.  He is self-confident, accepts personal responsibility and engages those around him with honesty and integrity, self-awareness.  Juan adheres to these personal traits because he recognizes that those he manages and works with will ultimately judge his effectiveness as a leader not by his holding a mere title or position, but because he inspires and challenges others to achieve and aspire for the extraordinary.  
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JCG Resume.5.pdf
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Matt Fernandez Konigsberg
12-01-2018
57 14282018-01-13 06:41:44
Salvador  Carranza
311 S. Wacker Suite 3000
chicago
illinois
60606
Freeborn & Peters LLP
Partner 
5-21-81
414 8991980
s@freeborn.com
sulema  medrano
150 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 3300
Chicago
il
60601
SmithAmundsen LLC
Partner 
312 894-3244
smedrano@salawus.com 
Salvador is a dedicated HNBA member.  He is extremely active in the Chicagoland Hispanic Legal Community.  He is a leader at his firm and excels in his position as a Partner at his firm.  He is an example for future Latino Lawyers.  
Please see resume. 
Please see resume.
Salvador is extremely driven and takes the extra steps to meet his clients' needs, while balancing his work time with family and community involvement 
Lead by example 
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Salvador Carranza Resume.DOC
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sulema medrano
12-01-2018
58 14292018-01-13 06:53:17
Joseph  Trevino
330 East Kilbourn Avenue
Milwaukee
WI
53202
SmithAmundsen LLC
Partner
5-16-87
262 3522320
jtrevino@salawus.com
Sulema  Medrano
150 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 3300
Chicago
il
60601
SmithAmundsen LLC
Partner 
312 894-3244
smedrano@salawus.com 
Joe Trevino is an excellent lawyer that has excelled professionally at an expedited rate. He is a leader within SmithAmundsen and his legal community.  Joe is currently serving the HNBA as Deputy Regional President of programming, focusing his efforts on assisting with planning educational and pipeline programs for Latino Attorneys. He serves as an example of an up and coming leader within our community. 
Please see Bio/resume
please see bio/resume
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sulema  medrano
12-01-2018
59 14302018-01-14 00:49:22
sara bolden
Target Corporation , 33 S 6th Street Mailstop CC-1870  
Minneapolis
MN
55402
Target
Director, Employee Relations
01/25/79
612 304.5442
sara.bolden@target.com
Anjanette Cabrers
620 8th Ave, 38th Fl
New York
New York
10018
Constangy Brooks Smith and Prophete
Managing Partner
646 7711839
acabrera@constangy.com
Sara has risen quickly at Target.  She currently manages all of the legal issue for California.  Sara has used the influence she has in her position to diversify Target's employment law bench both with internal hires and outside counsel.  Sara is a mentor to the members of her team and consistently looks for opportunity for the them to shine.  She is greatly respected by her peers and subordinates.
Sara is going into her eighth year as in-house counsel for Target Corporation, where she currently leads a team of five legal professionals responsible for all employment law counseling and litigation for Target’s West Coast stores. In this role Sara provides practical and strategic advice to Human Resources and Business Leaders on a full range of employment law issues including performance management, leaves of absence, accommodation, terminations and internal investigations. Sara and her team are also responsible for Target’s industry-leading wage and hour compliance program, which oversees and ensures wage and hour law compliance for all of Target’s store, distribution center and headquarter locations across the country. Sara served for four years on Target’s HR Diversity Action Committee where she helped educate and drive accountability to promote a diverse and inclusive culture within the company. Sara also served as the primary liaison between Target’s Employment Law group and external legal diversity organizations and she also represented Target as a 2014 Fellow in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows Program. Sara was awarded the First Chair Rising Star Award, recognizing outstanding in-house counsel leadership in their communities and company.  
Sara is committed to making a difference at work and in her community. She has done that at work through service on Target’s HR Diversity Action Committee and through participating in various mentorship programs in an effort to strengthen the diverse pipeline in the legal profession. Outside of work Sara participates in various pro bono activities, including providing free legal counsel on employment law matters. Sara is a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association, where she served on the Finance Committee between 2011 and 2014, and is also a member of the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association and Twin Cities Diversity in Practice.
ra is a champion for diversity.  As stated above she hires and promotes minorities and women for in house positions. Sara hires women and diverse attorneys as outside counsel.  
Transparency.  Sara will always say what she means and means what she says so there is no question as to where you stand.  She provides immediate and honest feedback in an effort to promote growth and teaching moments.
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Anjanette Cabrera
12-01-2018
60 14352018-01-17 18:25:20
Veronica Relea
885 Third Avenue
New York
NY
10022
Latham & Watkins LLP
Parner
01/20/80
1212 906-2967
veronica.relea@lw.com
Lara Rios
701 Bricknell Avenue, Suite 3300
Miami
FL
33131
Holland & Knight
Senior Counsel
305 789-7772
lara.rios@hklaw.com
I am nominating Veronica Relea because she is a talented attorney and an amazing leader in both the law firm community and the greater community. One of the few Hispanic partners at Latham & Watkins and the only Puerto Rican one, Veronica exemplifies proessional excellence, integrity, leadership and commitment to diversity.  She stands apart from so many other partners at Latham for her dedication to other people and for striving to make her firm and the legal profession more inclusive.   Personally, Veronica is the person you want in your corner.  She is fierce, loyal and understands the value of friendship and family. For that reason, she has been a mentor to so many associates and students - myself included. I can think of no other person who has managed to accomplish so much in such a short time in the legal profession while not losing sight of her values.  I recommend Veronica without reservation.   
After graduating from Yale with a BA, and Harvard, with a JD, Veronica joined Latham & Watkins in 2004, where she quickly developed an outstanding practice focused on representing commercial and investment banks and other financial institutions, in connection with the development, construction, operation, and financing of complex energy, oil and gas, and infrastructure projects around the world. She became a partner in Latham’s Finance Department in 2016. She has extensive experience representing clients in Latin America and has been recognized by Latinvex for her work on Latin America banking and finance matters and as one of Latin America's top 100 female attorneys. She has also been recommended for her work in Banking & Finance by The Legal 500 Latin America and The Legal 500 US 2017.  Veronica is one of perhaps a handful of female partners of Hispanic descent at Latham and is the only partner who is a native of Puerto Rico. As a very junior associate, she co-founded her firm's now global associate-driven diversity initiative, the Multicultural Promotion & Attainment Coalition (still standing 12 years after inception in the NY office).
Veronica cares deeply about giving back and does so on multiple fronts. In addition to co-founding Latham's associate-driven initiative (MPAC), and despite the demands on her time given the nature of her grueling practice, Veronica was and remains an active member and organizer of MPAC events. While many law firms talk diversity, Veronica ensured that Latham developed policies and created a culture of inclusion and support for diverse associates.  She is also on the Board of Trustees of Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York, and maintains a long docket of pro bono work – serving underrepresented clients in immigration proceedings and representing not-for-profit organizations. Veronica also led her firm's global efforts to raise funds (over $100k) and donate goods in support of Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico.
Veronica’s fierce drive, tenacity, resilience and honesty distinguish her from her peers. As a young adult she endured financial hardship, and was forced to experience the tragic death of her father a few months prior to her graduation from Harvard Law School. She is not afraid to say the difficult thing or take the difficult path, or to dust herself off and get back to it when things don’t go as planned. I have to imagine that as an associate trying to make her hours and build her practice, and in the wake of her father's murder in Puerto Rico, it was not easy to start a diversity coalition at Latham or push the firm administration to provide the coalition with resources. But Veronica believed in the importance of inclusion and made it happen.  
Veronica’s resourcefulness and ability to adapt to changing demands is quite evident in her leadership philosophy – most aptly described as the strategic use of different leadership styles depending on the situation in order to succeed in today’s dynamic global markets. Veronica will “read” the room and determine whether the situation is a “learning moment” for her associates or whether client demands and other factors require that she act swiftly.  In all scenarios, respect is key – also important are taking initiative, communicating the assignment clearly and concisely, making tough decisions, and inspiring, motivating and developing others. Veronica succeeds if her associates succeed.
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Lara Rios
17-01-2018