On October 10, 2016, Chicago partner Jesse Ruiz led an intimate roundtable discussion with prominent Latino/a general counsels from some of the Midwest’s most highly regarded organizations. The MLA's Inaugural Midwest Latino/a General Counsel Roundtable was presented by legal recruiters Major, Lindsey & Africa and Drinker Biddle, and was held in Drinker Biddle’s Chicago office.

General Counsel panelists included:

  • Gloria Santona, General Counsel of McDonald's
  • Pedro DeJesus, General Counsel of Tampico Beverages
  • Oscar Romero, General Counsel of CFNA, Division Counsel of Bridgestone Retail, Lead Counsel of Bridgestone OE and Motorcycle Tire
  • Karina Ayala-Bermejo, General Counsel of Metropolitan Family Services

The roundtable included significant opportunities to network and engage in dialogue about how to further the cause of the Latino/a attorney community. The discussion also focused on including, recognizing, and exerting the considerable power held by Latino/a professionals in today's corporate environment.