Leading global law firm, Baker McKenzie, and Trench Rossi Watanabe*, in cooperation with Baker McKenzie, have been shortlisted for the Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Awards Latin America 2020, which "celebrate in-house legal teams and law firms who are furthering the advancement of diversity and inclusion, and pro bono across Latin America."

"We are honored to be once again recognized by Chambers. The shortlisting of our lawyers in Latin America is a testament to the passion our people have for diversity and inclusion and how our people are relentlessly pursuing a more inclusive and diverse culture within our Firm and in our communities.," said Anna Brown, Baker McKenzie's Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion.

Jaime Trujillo, Chair of Baker McKenzie for Latin America, also commented, "I am so proud to be part of a Firm that is truly committed to diversity and inclusion. At Baker McKenzie, we strongly believe that diversity enriches us, both as individuals and as a way of contributing to the wider community, and I'm thrilled to know the contributions of our people are being recognized in the region."

The Firm is on the shortlist for the following three categories:

  • Outstanding Contribution to Diversity & Inclusion (Of Counsel/Partner) (Mexico) - Monterrey-based Tax Partner Roxana Gómez Orta is a finalist in this category. Roxana is a champion for gender diversity in Mexico. Her commitment to supporting and advancing diverse groups is encapsulated in her transformative Firm leadership approach, high-impact involvement in meaningful local and global programs outside her practice, and motivational character that inspires confidence and success in others. She has contributed to the development of Diversity & Inclusion policies within the Firm. She is also an active member of the "Abogadas MX" mentoring program, actively supporting and mentoring junior female lawyers, both from Baker McKenzie and other firms.
  • Diversity & Inclusion Future Leader (South America) - Litigation Mid-Level Associate Maria Alejandra Ruiz is a finalist in this category. Based in Caracas, she is committed to making gender diversity in the workplace as an active member of the Diversity & Inclusion local committee. She has leveraged the relationships with clients to organize local and regional events, which advocated for gender equality and LGBT+ inclusion. She has also participated in Pro Bono projects such as "WIP Project about economic violence" and "WIP Project about domestic violence," where she investigated local laws, jurisprudence, and legal practice to stop economic and domestic violence against women.
  • Diversity & Inclusion Future Leader (Brazil) - Trench Rossi Watanabe* Tax Senior Associate Gian Carlo Evaso is a finalist in this category. Based in Sao Paulo, he took a leading role as one of the founders of Trench Rossi Watanabe's Ethnic Diversity Group in 2016 and has been one of the leaders of this group since then. Gian was one of the creators, in 2020, of a book club at Trench Rossi Watanabe to promote debates and raise awareness about how to overcome racism and how to foster a more diverse and inclusive corporate environment. He mentored underprivileged black students assisted by the project "Incluir Direito," which promotes educational opportunities such as English and Law classes. As part of his pro bono work, he filed a lawsuit on behalf of NGO Educafro that resulted in the abolishment of restrictions concerning registration fees exemptions for underprivileged people's applications for UNESP (State University of Sao Paulo).

Award winners will be announced during a virtual ceremony on December 3. Learn more about Baker McKenzie's commitment to Diversity and Inclusion.

*Trench Rossi Watanabe and Baker McKenzie have executed a strategic cooperation agreement for consulting on foreign law

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