- Of the Firm’s Latino attorneys there are 8 partners, 1 counsel, and 33 associates. Three of the Firm Leaders are Latinos@Weil members. One member of the Firm’s Management Committee is also a member of Latinos@Weil.
- In 2015, Weil was ranked twenty-third in “Best Law Firms for Diversity” by Vault.
- Management Committee Sponsors demonstrate the strength of our leadership commitment. These appointed senior leaders serve as a sponsor to an affinity group for which they are not already a member. They are charged with understanding key issues the group members face and advocating for necessary change. Dan Dokos, head of the Global Finance practice, is the Management Committee Sponsor for Latinos@Weil.
Weil holds individual affinity group conferences to bring together members from across the Firm for professional development and pipeline efforts. Latinos@Weil held their most recent conference in 2014. Latinos@Weil members convened to participate in:
- Community service and team building activity to benefit God’s Love We Deliver
- “Engaging the US Latino-Hispanic Market” presentation featuring Alfredo R. Pérez and Marcos A. Rodriguez
- “Latinos in the Law: Panelon Practicing In-House” panel featuring Alejandra Almonte, José Ramón González, and Suzette Recinos
- Client & Alumni networking reception featuring Honorable Vernon S. Broderick
- “Communicate with Confidence: From Client Meetings to Networking Interactions” and “Persuade and Impress: From Client Meetings to Networking Interactions” workshops facilitated by Denise Paglia Cole
- “Latinos Who Lead” panel discussion featuring Lisa Cuevas and Chris Garcia
In early 2017, Weil will host an Attorneys of Color Conference bringing together Asian American, Black/African American and Latino attorneys from across the US for professional development, client networking, and strategic planning.
In summer 2016, women of color from the Firm met with Maria Fernandez, Senior Counsel at IBM, for an informal conversation about career and professional development.
Latinos@Weil hosted a lunch event featuring Elpidio (PD) Villareal, SVP of Global Litigation at GlaxoSmithKline sharing highlights of his inspiring career, discussing what individuals and organizations can do to remove the barriers of advancement for Latino/Hispanic-Americans and other underrepresented groups, and addressing inclusion building strategies in the legal profession.
Latinos@Weil partnered with Morgan Stanley to host a Corporate Investigations CLE on recent trends and best practices in corporate investigations. In May 2016, the Silicon Valley office hosted a California Elimination of Bias CLE workshop and networking reception with clients.
In Summer 2016, BAAG and Latinos@Weil hosted a panel of alumni of color who are judges and also co-hosted an SEO (Sponsors for Educational Opportunity) event at Citifield. The Dallas office also hosted its annual multicultural luncheon featuring Liji Thomas, Senior Manager of Diversity and Inclusion at Southwest Airlines.
In May 2016, the Dallas office invited a representative from the Latino Cultural Center to discuss the Center’s role in the preservation, development and promotion of Latino and Hispanic arts and culture, as well as a brief history of Cinco de Mayo.
In November 2015, the Dallas office hosted a Diversity Month In-House Counsel Panel featuring Tracy Preston of The Neiman Marcus Group, Navin Rao of Michaels Stores, and Amy Roman of EnLink Midstream.
The Firm has hosted several documentary film screenings and discussions, such as “The Central Park Five” with an Innocence Project Managing Attorney and one of the exonerated members of the group and “The Latino List” with a special discussion with the film’s director Timothy Greenfield Sanders and interviewer Sandra Guzman.
Pipeline and Community Service
Weil performs outreach with urban schools and programs to introduce the legal profession to racial/ethnic minority students. The Firm has hosted middle school students from MS224 through PENCIL and high school students from Summer Search for mentoring, college advising, and networking; recent high school graduates from Girls Inc. for their annual “College Shower;” students from college through those in advanced degrees programs for Disability Mentoring Day; and law students from Practicing Attorneys for Law Students for networking workshops.
Weil has a longstanding relationship with PALS (Practicing Attorneys for Law Students), a nonprofit organization committed to minority attorneys and law students, including hosting mock interview, 1L exam writing, and networking workshops.
Weil Pay It Forward is an inclusion and community service initiative that empowers associate and staff-led teams to turn $1,000 of Firm funds into lasting community impact. While the external community impact is profound, the internal connections fostered among colleagues and the opportunities for attorneys and staff at all levels to showcase their leadership skills are equally powerful. Since 2011, 58 teams in 7 cities have raised $593,892.
Two 2015 examples include:
The Harlem Arts Festival provides resources, visibility and career opportunities to artists and continues Harlem’s artistic legacy of making art that preserves the history and identity of Harlem.
Henry Street Settlement serves 60,000 individuals through social services, arts and health care programs for all ages.
For several years, Weil attorneys have been working on the Election Protection Program with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund as part of the nation’s largest nonpartisan program working to break down barriers to the ballot box for traditionally disenfranchised voters. Our multi-office effort aids the overall program by meeting with election officials, staffing hotlines to address voting rights, and serving as mobile legal volunteers on Election Day. Where necessary, our lawyers also litigate for improvements to the election process. The program is available to all voters across the country, but finds its greatest relevance in communities where voter disenfranchisement is a continuing challenge, including amongst African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, senior citizens, young people, low-income voters, and individuals with disabilities.
Partner Alfredo Pérez is the Managing Partner of our Houston Office.
Ed Soto, co-head of global commercial litigation practices, was named a “Best Lawyer” in the specialties of Bet-the-Company Litigation and commercial Litigation, in the Best Lawyers in America 2016.
Partner Adam C. Hemlock was named as a leading lawyer in New York by Chambers USA, a recommended lawyer nationwide by Legal 500, and a “Future Star” in New York by Benchmark Litigation.
Partner Christopher L. Garcia was named a “Rising Star” in White Collar by Law360, New York Law Journal and Minority Corporate Counsel Association.