Philadelphia attorney Daniel Mateo has been elected president-elect of the National Hispanic Bar Association.
He was elected by the HNBA Board of Governors and will serve as President for the 2022-2023 term.
An experienced litigation and commercial litigation attorney, Mateo is currently a partner at Holland & Knight LLP, where his work spans many industries, including pharmaceutical and other life science companies, financial services, telecommunications, oil and gas. gas, software and consumer products.
Clients turn to Mateo for representation on matters ranging from complex breach of contract disputes to commercial real estate and tenancy disputes, consumer class actions, trademark disputes and non-competition.
Mateo joined Holland & Knight as an equity partner in July 2018, after spending more than 20 years in the Princeton and Philadelphia offices of law firm Am Law 100. During his nearly 30 years of experience in litigation and arbitration, he has established himself as one of the region’s most accomplished legal professionals.
Born in Nuremberg, Germany, to Puerto Rican partners who had been stationed there on a military base during the Vietnam War, Mateo represents the small but growing Hispanic legal profession.
Moving around a bit in his childhood, Mateo was primarily raised in Camden, New Jersey, and Coamo, Puerto Rico.
A graduate of Rutgers University in New Brunswick and holding a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, one of his main missions throughout his professional career is to serve as a mentor and role model for the next generation of Hispanic lawyers.
That’s part of the reason Mateo has been such a committed member of the National Hispanic Bar Association, where he will soon serve as president for the 2022-23 term.
According to data from the American Bar Association, the Department of Labor and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, Latinos make up only 5% of lawyers, despite making up more than 18% of the national workforce and almost 20% of the American population.
Aware of these glaring statistics, Mateo has regularly used his time to mentor young lawyers and law students, and to strongly support law societies’ diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Mateo is also a past president of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, an active member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and has served on a number of committees focused on increasing diversity. in the state bar.
In 2019, Mateo was named “A Champion of Justice” and recipient of the Law Firm/Corporate Law Firm Award at the Third Annual AL DÍA Lawyer Forum and Reception.