Lorena focuses her practice on representing individuals who have been victimized by people in authority positions--employers not giving workers the pay and benefits owed to them, police officers abusing their powers, and sexual aggressors preying on those unable to defend themselves. Lorena, who is fluent in Spanish, has been an attorney since 2005 and has litigated numerous cases in state and federal court
The daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico, Lorena is a native Washingtonian who grew up in the Yakima Valley where she and her family worked as migrant farm workers. She is the first and only attorney in her family. Lorena graduated with honors from Seattle University School of Law.
Lorena was the recipient of the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington's (LBAW) Outstanding Member of the Year award and was the youngest member and the only law student in the history of LBAW to receive that award. In 2009, the Hispanic National Bar Association recognized her as one of seven Top Lawyers Under 40 in the country. From 2010-2013, Washington Law & Politics recognized Lorena as a Rising Star in Employment Law. In recognition of her exceptional leadership and devoted service to civil rights law, the Civil Rights Section of the Washington State Bar Association awarded Lorena with its Distinguished Service Award in 2010. In 2011, Seattle University School of Law recognized Lorena's dedication to community service with its Alumni Service Award. In 2012, Lorena was honored by the Thomas C. Wales Foundation at their Night Among Heros for her extraordinary work in the courtroom and community. In 2013, Lorena was the recipient of the Seattle University School of Law and Latina/o Law Student Association's La Justicia (The Justice) Award recognizing her contributions to the legal community, the greater community at-large, as well as unwavering dedication and commitment to the advancement of the law school.