HNBA Announces Recipients of the 2011 Top Lawyers Under Forty Awards

February 18, 2011

Washington, D.C.  – The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) congratulates five accomplished HNBA members under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves as young Hispanic lawyers in the upper echelon of the legal profession nationwide.  The Association is proud to announce that it has selected the following attorneys to receive its prestigious HNBA “Top Lawyers Under Forty” Award (listed in alphabetical order):


Laura Benitez Geisler, Partner, Geisler Hays LLP (Dallas, TX)

Nadia Bermudez, Partner, GCR LLP (San Diego, CA)

Fernando A. Bohorquez, Jr., Partner, Baker & Hostetler LLP (New York, NY)

Eneida Román, Founder and Principal, Law Office of Eneida Román (Boston, MA)

Harry Valetk, Legal Affairs, Director, Global Policy Office, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (New York, NY)

Through the “Top Lawyers Under Forty” Award, the HNBA celebrates and highlights younger HNBA members who have demonstrated professional excellence, integrity, leadership and commitment to the Latino community.  HNBA members from all segments of the profession, including private practice, government, public interest, academia, and corporate legal departments, are eligible to receive the award.

“The 5 award recipients represent the best and brightest attorneys in the country.  The HNBA received nominations for many exceptionally qualified lawyers; the recipients of this Award have distinguished themselves professionally and for their endeavors, through their commitment and involvement in the Hispanic community, all at a relatively early stage. On behalf of the HNBA Board of Governors, I congratulate them and wish them continued success,” said Diana Sen, HNBA President.

The HNBA will present the “Top Lawyers Under Forty” Awards at its upcoming Mid-Year Conference and 16th Annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition on March 12, 2011 in New Orleans, LA.  For more information about the 2011 Mid-Year Convention and Corporate Counsel Conference, including registration information, please log onto the HNBA website at