HBAM President Speaks at Lunch and Learn Event

Join us for a Lunch and Learn, where Veronica Rivas-Molloy, a Houston-based attorney and judicial candidate, and our own Luis E. Gomez, President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Michigan, will discuss the history and significance of Hispanic Heritage Month.

About the Speakers:

Veronica Rivas-Molloy is special counsel in the Litigation Practice Group at Jones Walker in Houston, Texas. She provides legal counsel to domestic and international clients in a wide variety of arbitration and civil litigation matters in both state and federal courts, focusing on matters involving complex business and commercial disputes in the energy industry, and employment law. Veronica graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center. She is currently running for justice of the First Court of Appeals in Texas.

Luis E. Gomez is an associate at BSP Law. He focuses his practice on business and commercial litigation and has represented municipalities and private entities in state and federal court.  He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School. Luis is currently the president of the Hispanic Bar Association of Michigan.

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Hispanic Heritage Month

In the United States, we observe National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) by honoring the cultures and contributions of Latinx and Hispanic Americans.  Like so many others, Latinx and Hispanic Americans, or their ancestors, were drawn to this great country by the promise of a better life—one attained through hard work and perseverance.  And while the cultures and experiences of the U.S. Latinx and Hispanic population surely differ, we share an important commonality: the drive to make life better for each successive generation.

According to the Pew Research Center, almost a fifth of the total U.S. population is Latinx.  As our numbers continue to grow and our contributions to this country become increasingly visible, it is important that we not forget the sacrifices of those Latinx and Hispanic Americans who paved the way for us.

HBAM Member Spotlight: Monica Navarro

What is your name?

Monica P. Navarro

What company/firm do you work for, and what is your position there?

I am Senior Counsel to the Freudenberg Group in North America.  The Freudenberg Group is a German conglomerate in 65 countries; I am responsible for providing legal support to the Freudenberg companies in four of those countries: United States, Canada, Mexico, and Costa Rica.

What legal practice areas do you primarily focus on?

My practice consists of commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance, dispute/litigation management, and cross border transactions in the medical device, automotive, aerospace, oil and gas, chemical, alternative energy, and household consumer product manufacturing sectors.

Where did you attend law school, and when did you graduate?

I received my J.D. in 1993 from the University of Michigan Law School.

Describe the biggest challenge you’ve had to face in your legal career.

The biggest challenge I faced in my legal career was achieving work-life balance.  As the mother of three now-adult children, having a successful legal career and a healthy family required a strong work ethic, but also clear priorities and boundaries, together with superior time management skills.  Easier said than done.

What has been the biggest accomplishment/victory in your legal career?

Choosing a single accomplishment as my “biggest” accomplishment is difficult.  Every single accomplishment, small and big, is a necessary stepping-stone to the next one.  However, if success is to be defined in terms dollars and cents, my largest recovery was a case against ABSG, which settled for $885 million.  Money aside, being selected as Crain’s Detroit 40 Under 40 and by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in the first class of Women in the Law opened many doors for me that settlement dollars alone would not have.

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A Lawyer!

What word would you use to describe yourself?

Resilient.

What are two things about you many people might not know?

I was class action counsel in one of the Florida Election Recount cases following the 2000 Hanging Chad Gore-Bush Presidential Election.

I am a rehab addict (real estate).

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

Bear.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

“Don’t get bitter; get BETTER” and

“When You Lose, Don’t Lose the Lesson.”

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