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, nursing home workers neglecting or abusing the elderly, and sexual aggressors preying on those unable to defend themselves. Lorena, who is fluent in Spanish, has litigated numerous cases in state and federal court
Lorena is the daughter of immigrant parents from Mexico. She is a native Washingtonian who grew up in Washinton’s Lower Yakima Valley, where she and her family worked as migrant farm workers.
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 Heroes 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.
- Estate of Newton v. Pine Ridge Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, $150,000 nursing home negligence verdict against a boarding home that failed to provide proper care and supervision to a 92-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s dementia.
- K.H. v. Corporation of the Catholic Archbishop of Seattle, et al., $550,000 church sex abuse settlement against the Archdiocese of Seattle and other church organizations on behalf of a man sexually abused as a child and adolescent.
- Pellino v. Brink’s Incorporated, $2.1 million wage and hour class action verdict in a case seeking back wages for armored truck drivers.
- Mendoza v. Brewster School District, $300,000 school discrimination settlement and anti-racism injunction securing measures to eliminate racism in district for Latino school students against Brewster School District.
- Solis v. City of Brewster, et al., $247,500 excessive force settlement for a Latina woman that brought suit against the City of Brewster after being falsely arrested, assaulted, tasered, and prosecuted for crimes she did not commit.
- Monetti v. City of Seattle, et al., $150,000 excessive force and discrimination settlement for a Latino man that brought suit against the City of Seattle, Ofcs. Shandy Cobane and Mary Lynne Woollum after being physically and verbally assaulted and subjected to racial slurs.
- Confidential settlements on behalf of employees sexually harassed in the work place.
- Confidential settlements on behalf of individuals and family members whose loved ones were victims of medical or nursing home negligence.
- Confidential settlements on behalf of victims of sexual abuse in hospital, nursing home, and church settings.
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- Washington State University, B.A., 1995
- Seattle University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2005
- Washington State
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
- U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Professional and Civic Involvement
- Washington State Association for Justice (2005–present), board member (2012–present)
- National Council de la Raza (NCLR), Board Member (2012–present)
- Seattle Ethics and Elections Committee (2012–present)
- OneAmerica, board vice president (2008–present)
- OneAmerica Votes, board chair (2010–2013)
- Casa Latina, Advisory Board (2007–present)
- Latina/o Bar Association of Washington: President (2007), Board of Directors (2004–2008)
- City of Seattle’s Police Accountability Review Panel, Drafting Committee Chair (2007)