Lewis Brisbois Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month 2022
(September 15, 2022) - Lewis Brisbois is pleased to be celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month this year from September 15 through October 15. In honor of this month of recognition, we look forward to sharing a series of spotlight posts featuring our Hispanic American colleagues reflecting upon the importance of this month and mentorship within the Hispanic and legal communities. We begin this series with an opening message from the firm’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee. Keep an eye on this page and the firm's social media feeds for more posts in the coming weeks. Learn more about DEI at Lewis Brisbois here.
The first contribution in our National Hispanic Heritage Month spotlight series comes from Los Angeles Partner Leo Bautista, who expresses gratitude for his own mentors and discusses his enjoyment of mentoring others. He also acknowledges the “huge contributions” that members of the Hispanic community have made to our nation.
Leo is a member of the firm's Intellectual Property & Technology Group and co-chair of its Franchise & Distribution and Trade Secrets & Non-Compete Disputes Practices. A certified specialist of franchise and distribution law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization, Leo focuses his practice on intellectual property, commercial litigation, and franchising matters.
Learn more about Leo’s professional experience here.
The next contribution in our National Hispanic Heritage Month spotlight series comes from Fort Lauderdale Partner Marcela Gyires, who describes how a mentor helped her navigate a career path in business immigration law that has lasted more than 11 years. She also reflects upon the meaning of this month and giving back to the Hispanic community.
Marcela is a member of Lewis Brisbois' Immigration Practice and is board certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education. She is also a board member of the Palm Beach County Hispanic Bar Association.
Learn more about Marcela's professional experience here.
In our next National Hispanic Heritage Month spotlight post, we hear from Los Angeles Virtual Events Specialist Erendira Ortiz-Zarate, who explains that although she attributes her success to her family and community first, her mentors have also been invaluable in her professional journey, helping her prepare for the transition into the working world.
Erendira is a member of Lewis Brisbois’ Marketing team. She works with attorneys across the firm’s nationwide network to create and execute bespoke presentations for client and industry events.
Learn more about Erendira’s professional experience here.
The next contribution in our National Hispanic Heritage Month spotlight series comes from Seattle Associate Aryn Seiler, who describes her impactful mentor/mentee relationship with Houston Partner Joelle Nelson. She also calls on partners during this month to view themselves as "a conduit of information, knowledge, resources, access, and friendship" to those who face challenges as a result of their heritage.
Aryn is a member of the firm's General Liability Practice and has practiced law in Oregon, New Mexico, and Washington. She focuses on the defense of corporate clients of all sizes in litigation concerning professional liability and long-term care. Learn more about her professional experience here.
In our next National Hispanic Heritage Month spotlight, we hear from Fort Lauderdale Virtual Programs Manager Ashley Casanovas, who explains that she always knew mentorship would be “key to [her] success." She describes how seeking out mentors throughout her educational career resulted in the confidence she feels in bringing her “authentic self to work every day.”
Ashley is a member of Lewis Brisbois’ Marketing team. An experienced programming manager, she works with attorneys throughout the firm to create customized virtual presentations for internal, client, and industry events.
Learn more about Ashley’s professional experience here.
Next, we hear from Hartford Associate Aaron Arias, who describes how connecting with mentors had several positive impacts on his education and professional career. Urging his Hispanic colleagues to reach out to the next generation of Hispanic professionals, he credits his mentors with allowing him to pursue the legal career that he always desired.
Aaron is a member of Lewis Brisbois’ General Liability Practice. He handles matters throughout all stages of litigation. Outside of his practice, Aaron is an active member of the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association and the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association.
Learn more about Aaron’s professional experience here.
In our next National Hispanic Heritage Month spotlight, we hear from Houston Paralegal Elizabeth Trevino, who discusses the many important values that she embodies as a result of her Hispanic heritage as well as her mother’s influence. She also explains that she feels lucky to work in an environment where her colleagues understand the importance of culture and diversity.
In her role as a paralegal, Elizabeth works with Lewis Brisbois’ attorneys on a variety of complex matters. Learn more about her professional experience here.