Miami Law Alumni Take Awards from the Hispanic National Bar Foundation

The leading national membership association representing the interests of over 67,000+ Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, law students, and legal professionals recognized three graduates of the School of Law.
Miami Law Alumni Take Awards from the Hispanic National Bar Foundation
Judge Adalberto Jordán, Yvette Ostolaza, and Horacio Gutierrez

The Hispanic National Bar Foundation recently announced its 2022 awards, which included three Miami Law alumni.

The annual Law Firm Leadership awardee Yvette Ostolaza was recognized for her outstanding achievements and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Ostolaza, B.A. ’85 and J.D. 92, is chair of Sidley’s management committee and a member of the firm’s executive committee, former global litigation co-leader, and former managing partner of the Dallas office.

She is highly experienced in providing on-point guidance to boards and senior-level executives during periods of corporate turbulence. Chambers 2021 Crisis & Risk Management recognized Yvette as a leader of the firm’s Band 1 Nationwide USA Crisis Management practice and as one of a very small number of notable practitioners nationwide around crisis management.

Horacio Gutierrez is HNBF’s 2022 Corporate Leadership awardee recognized for his outstanding achievements and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Gutierrez, J.D. ’98, is senior executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary of The Walt Disney Company. He serves as the chief legal officer, overseeing its team of attorneys responsible for all aspects of Disney’s legal affairs worldwide and acting as a strategic advisor to executive leadership and the board of directors.

Previously, Gutierrez was head of global affairs and chief legal officer for Spotify.

Before joining Spotify, Gutierrez was corporate vice president and general counsel for Microsoft, overseeing the company’s legal affairs around the world, including support of the complete lifecycle of Microsoft’s products and services, from research and development to business development activities, M&A, litigation, legal compliance, and cybercrime prevention.

Gutierrez was recognized with the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Latino In-House Attorney of the Year award and was named F.T. North America’s Most Innovative General Counsel in 2018. Previously, Mr. Gutierrez received the Lawyer of the Americas award from the Inter-American Law Review and was named IAM Magazine’s I.P. Personality of the Year and Most Influential Global IP Market Maker.

Judge Adalberto Jordán received HNBF’s 2022 Judicial Leadership award for his outstanding achievements and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Jordán, B.A.’84 and J.D. ’87, was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1961 and emigrated to the United States with his family in 1968.

Following law school, he clerked for Judge Thomas Clark of the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the United States Supreme Court. He then returned to Miami and was in private practice at Steel Hector & Davis from 1989-1994 before working as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Florida from 1994-1999. He was head of the appellate division during his last year at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

In 1999 President Clinton appointed him as a district judge for the Southern District of Florida. He served in that capacity until 2012 when President Obama appointed him as a circuit judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

He is an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law.

HNBF’s mission is to help Hispanics achieve their potential through access to higher education and increase diversity in the legal profession. We seek to create a culture in the Hispanic community where higher education is the expectation rather than the exception.

Read more about Miami Law alumni