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Stroock Special Counsel Irene Oria Named Hispanic National Bar Association Vice President of Programs

Miami, FL, September 20, 2017 -- Following two years of service as the Hispanic National Bar Association’s (HNBA) National Finance Director, Stroock attorney Irene Oria has been elected Vice President of Programs.  Ms. Oria was sworn into the role by Judge Jimmie Reyna of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit at the 2017 HNBA Annual Convention earlier this month.
As an officer of the HNBA’s Executive Committee, Ms. Oria is charged with creating and implementing a number of critical initiatives, including expanding membership, increasing visibility, and working with the HNBA’s regional and affiliate networks to deliver HNBA’s programming to local communities.
“We applaud Irene for her tireless devotion to the HNBA and for continuing to be a significant advocate for diversity in the legal profession and the advancement of Hispanic attorneys,” said James Sammataro, managing partner of Stroock’s Miami office.
Ms. Oria has more than 15 years of experience in complex commercial business litigation in federal and state courts and arbitration tribunals.  She has represented domestic and international public and private companies in contract-related and business tort disputes, and has developed a niche in defending financial services and insurance bad faith class actions.
Recent honors include: South Florida Legal Guide's “Top Lawyers” Class of 2017; Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy Fellow, 2015; a “Top Up and Comer” in Commercial Litigation and Financial Litigation by the South Florida Legal Guide, 2014 and 2015 editions; recipient of the “40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County” award by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 2013; and named to the 2013 Lawyers of Color “Hot List"” (Southern Region).
Prior to joining Stroock, Ms. Oria served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida. During her tenure at the Justice Department, Ms. Oria defended the government interests in civil suits alleging statutory and constitutional torts, violations of civil rights and employment discrimination/harassment/retaliation laws, medical malpractice and a myriad of other claims.  Ms. Oria also clerked for the Honorable Cecilia M. Altonaga of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
The Hispanic National Bar Association is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership association that represents the interests of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, law students, and legal professionals in the United States and its territories. Since 1972, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession by creating opportunities for Hispanic lawyers and by helping generations of lawyers to succeed. 
Stroock provides strategic transactional, regulatory and litigation advice to advance the business objectives of leading financial institutions, multinational corporations and entrepreneurial businesses in the U.S. and globally.  With a rich history dating back 140 years, the firm has offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington, DC.