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We Are Morgan Lewis Celebrates ‘Hispanic Americans: A History of Serving Our Nation’

Thursday, September 19, 2019

This year’s national theme for Hispanic Heritage Month is “Hispanic Americans: A History of Serving Our Nation.” Here, a few of our people share the stories of their families and friends who helped build and continue to enrich the history and culture of the United States.

 
Felipe Alice | Partner, Houston
My roots run deep in Brazil, where all of my family still resides. My older brother is a banker in São Paulo, one of my sisters is a federal labor judge in the state of Mato Grosso, and my other sister is a dentist in my hometown of Porto Alegre. I served as a lieutenant in the Brazilian Army and practiced as a lawyer prior to moving out of the country. I’m the only one who set my sights on the United States, coming here to study in 2003 and staying to work as a lawyer, because I believe this country is at the forefront of the international legal services industry. Now I have a baby girl and twins on the way, and they’ll get to embrace the United States and pursue their own opportunities as US citizens. (Pictured: Felipe Alice and family)
 
Monica Pedroza | Associate, Chicago
My grandparents are from Jalisco, Mexico. They came to the United States through the bracero program to work on the railroads, in exchange for which they received green cards. Once they were established in the United States, they started a family, having seven children and now 20 grandchildren, including four of whom have served in the US military. My grandparents taught me the Spanish language, my Hispanic heritage, and my faith. I hold those traditions, values, and language very close to me. (Pictured: Monica Pedroza and grandparents)