The 25 most influential Hispanic Lawyers.

Author:Rivas, Laura

No List is perfect.

We know that. But our research effort aims to showcase the most influential Latino Lawyers in the Country'. This is not a merit based list; Is actual power, relevance and success rate. The following people are those our team of advisors and reporters found out to be the Top 25 Latino Lawyers.

Of course there are others that would deserve to be part of this list, but we only wanted 25 to make it manageable. The list includes attorneys across a wide range of fields, but what they have in common is the impact each has made in his or her specialty and in their community.

Here we take a look at 25 of the top Hispanic lawyers in the country.


Chief Legal Officer, SourceAmerica Vienna, VA

Legal and Compliance

In her current role, Tamez is responsible for all of Legal and Compliance. Previously, she worked for CSC, a global IT services and solutions provider, as Deputy General Counsel of Litigation and e-Discovery Counsel and for a law firm in Dallas, Texas.

An active member of several professional organizations, including D.C.'s Hispanic Bar Association, Tamez has received national recognition as a recipient of the Hispanic Corporate Achiever Award. She dedicates time to pro bono matters and has served as a board member for several nonprofit organizations.


Partner, Fox Rothschild

Los Angeles, CA

Labor and Employment

Representing employers in employment litigation and in actions against former employees in trade-secret and embezzlement actions, Gallegos also conducts and oversees workplace investigations of harassment, discrimination and wage and hour audits, and provides organizations with training in employment law and compliance.

She served as the Hispanic National Bar Association's (HBNA) Regional President for Southern California from 2013 to 2014. An active author and speaker, Gallegos served as associate literary editor and technical editor for the Maritime Law Journal from 2000 to 2002.


Partner, Maura Lilllng Naparty LLP

Woodbury, NY

Medical and Professional Malpractice

Since joining MLN in 2003, Montes has successfully handled matters involving medical and other professional malpractice, employment law, products liability and commercial litigation.

As president of the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association Community Service Fund, Montes leads the organization in fostering and promoting the Long Island Hispanic community's legal, educational and charitable missions, including providing scholarships to students and charitable assistance to worthy agencies and groups that serve the area. The Hispanic National Bar Association recognized him as one of its 2012 Top Attorneys Under 40.


Partner, Drinker Biddle

Chicago, IL

Corporate, Government & Regulatory Affairs

For over 18 years, Ruiz has focused his practice on business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity investments. He also counsels clients on the formation of business entitles in the United States, Latin America and Europe.

In 2011, the Walmart Legal Department awarded Ruiz its inaugural Walmart Legal Spark Award for "outstanding client and community service and dedication to diversity in the legal profession. "Since 2006, Jesse has served as a member of the board of directors of Commonwealth Edison.


Administrative Partner, Boies, Schiller & Flexner

Miami, FL

Litigation, Corporate

Zack's main practice area is complex commercial litigation, emphasizing class actions, product liability cases and federal multi-district litigation. He is a specialist in civil trial law, as well as eminent domain, corporate and international law.

The first Hispanic to assume the presidency of the American Bar Association, Zack was also the first Hispanic and youngest president of the Florida Bar. He has served as president of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. In 2000, he represented former Vice President Al Gore in the trial of Bush v. Gore.


Partner, Steptoe & Johnson

Washington, DC

International Regulation & Compliance, Litigation

Skilled in addressing and solving challenging problems stemming from business disputes, employment...

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