The HisBA Forum Presents: Mentoring the Next Generation of Hispanic Attorneys

January 26, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Virtual Meeting


Boris Hildago
Boris Hidalgo focuses his practice on general civil and complex commercial litigation in federal and state trial and appellate courts, in federal bankruptcy courts, and before arbitration panels. He has more than 38 years of experience in litigation and dispute resolution matters in addition to providing general business advice.

Boris primarily represents clients in matters involving complex business disputes, including contracts, fraud, deceptive trade practices, negligence, collections, fiduciary duty, corporate governance, shareholder/partnership disputes, and class actions. He has also counseled clients in the areas of construction litigation, intellectual property, products liability, personal injury, labor and employment, condemnation, tax, real estate, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, partnerships, and joint ventures.

Boris’s clients include major corporations in a variety of industry groups, such as architecture, automotive, banking, construction, engineering, insurance, medical, manufacturing, oil and gas, ranching, real estate, retail, seismic data, shipping, and timber management.

Juan Garcia
Born as a native Texan in Brownsville to Mexican immigrants, Juan Garcia’s life and career are an inspiring story of hard work and dedication. Juan began working as a grocery store sacker at a young age to eventually becoming a Senior Partner at Sutherland, one of the oldest, largest and most respected law firms in the world. Juan left this lucrative and prestigious position to form Johnson Garcia LLP to pursue his passion – helping families and individuals who have been harmed by the wrongdoing of others.

After working fourteen years for a major grocery store chain, where he rose in the ranks from sacker to become a Store Director of one of the largest stores in the Houston area, Juan resigned to attend law school. Juan’s decision to attend law school was confirmed from day 1. His natural ability as an advocate and intellectual capacity in understanding the law helped Juan rise as a distinguished student who ultimately graduated with summa cum laude honors among the top students in his class. During law school, Juan also became a national champion moot court advocate and served as a member of the Law Review. His successes resulted in numerous scholarships and awards, as well as leading to his recruitment by the most prestigious law firms that were lining up to have Juan join their firms as an associate.

After law school, Juan joined the trial section of the prominent national law firm of Thompson Knight LLP. Juan again quickly distinguished himself by outworking his opponents and winning in the courtroom. His practice involved a broad array of complex cases arising out of catastrophic personal injury matters and high-stakes commercial disputes. Juan practiced at Thompson Knight until 2011 when he finally agreed to transition his practice to Sutherland. Juan’s practice continued with an emphasis on serious personal injury and complex commercial cases arising from the energy, construction, and financial services sectors. Juan rose through the ranks to Senior Partner at Sutherland in record time and was appointed as both the Deputy Head of Litigation and Co-Head of the Complex Business Litigation Group at Sutherland.

In addition to his commitment to his wife Isela and 5 children, Juan loves giving back to the community as evidenced by his tireless dedication to volunteer work and charitable activities. Juan has served as the President of the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston and is currently serving as an Officer and Vice President of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR), HLSR Board Member, Past Chairman of the HLSR Go Tejano Committee, a member of the HLSR Legal Advisory Committee, a member of the Risk Management Committee for the HLSR, Counsel Member of the Hispanic Issues Section of the State Bar of Texas, and member of the Mexican-American Bar Association of Houston. Juan has also been repeatedly recognized for his professional achievements by being named a Texas Super Lawyer®, a “Top Lawyer” by H Texas Magazine, and a Minority Powerbroker by Law360.

Johnson Garcia LLP is life coming full circle for Juan. Despite the success Juan had in a big law firm with hundreds of attorneys, Juan felt pulled in a different direction. With the uncompromising support of his wife and the rest of his family, Juan formed Johnson Garcia LLP along with Daniel to build a law practice with one mission – to recover damages for those who have been injured. Let Juan help you.

Daniel Rodriguez
Daniel is a Houston native and HISD product. After graduating from Oral Roberts University, Daniel served in the Marine Corps for five years. He participated in two combat tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Daniel works for Cameron, a Schlumberger company and has worked primarily in Operations in the Gulf of Mexico, Korea, Brazil, Mexico and Trinidad. Now, Daniel serves as the Director of Operations for the Eastern Region of the U.S.

While working at Schlumberger, Daniel attended the UHLC part time program and was licensed in 2019. He founded the DHR Law Firm and focuses on business law supporting small businesses with formation, mergers & acquisitions, and business consulting. Daniel is also an active volunteer for Consejos Legales and the Houston Volunteer Lawyers. He is married to his high school sweetheart and is a father of a five year old daughter.

Ruth Mendez
Ruth Mendez, is a HisBA board member and a co-chair of the Inaugural HisBA Mentor Program. Ruth attended the University of Houston Law School Part-time program in the evenings while working full time for Shell Oil Company. After completing law school, she started a role in the Shell Commercial Land Group. During her time in that group, she became the Team Lead for the US Onshore Title Team and became a Certified Professional Landman. She transitioned to Shell Legal Group in 2013 and has provided legal support to the Shell Upstream, Downstream, and IT businesses. She currently supports the Shell Upstream Onshore Shales Group. Ruth is the recently appointed National President of the Shell Hispanic Employees Network Employee Resource Group (“SHEN”). In the role as SHEN President, Ruth will serve as the leader of the SHEN organization and will provide oversight and steer for SHEN’s budget, volunteers, chapter presidents, and other chair committee members. She is also an active member of the Houston community and also serves on the board of the Power on Heels Fund, Inc. Ruth and her husband of 17 years have two wonderful children (ages 13 and 10), and she is an active board member for each of their school’s parent teacher organizations.

Natalie Gonzales
Natalie Alfaro Gonzales is a Partner in Baker Botts’s Houston office and a member of the Intellectual Property Practice. Natalie practices in all areas of IP law, representing clients in all stages of complex patent and trade secret litigation, and advising clients on corporate transactions and license agreements. Prior to joining Baker Botts, Natalie served as a law clerk to Judge Leonard Davis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Natalie is actively involved in the Hispanic legal community, serving as a Board Member and current Treasurer for the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston, as Deputy Regional President for HNBA Region XII, as Co-Chair of the Hispanic Resource Group of IPO, and on the Steering Committee for the Texas Minority Counsel Program. Natalie earned her B.S. in mechanical engineering from UT Austin, and her J.D. from UH Law Center, where she is now an Adjunct Professor.


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