Dilworth Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Dilworth recognizes and celebrates those of Hispanic descent, their leadership, and their many accomplishments. Read to learn more about what inspires these accomplished attorneys.

Isabela Alvarez

"My bicultural upbringing has shaped my life and career tremendously. Hispanics are largely underrepresented in the law and as part of the less than six percent (6%) Hispanics in the law, I feel that my culture has put me at an advantage. Not only has my bilingualism allowed me to communicate with a larger group of clients but my background has allowed me to contribute a more diverse perspective and approach to problem solving for clients. My background has also played a significant role in my pro bono involvement and I am grateful to be in a position to provide services to Hispanic clients, among other pro bono clients. As a member of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania and Dilworth’s Diversity Committee, I prioritize sponsorship of other young Hispanic lawyers as other prominent Hispanic legal figures like Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor have done in the past with hopes that eventually Hispanics will take up more space in the legal industry. "

Nelson Diaz

"Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to recognize and celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. During Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re reminded that Hispanic heritage is American heritage."

Mariana Diosa-Cosme

"As a Hispanic woman, the most important thing is to make my parents proud as a way to thank them for all the sacrifices they made when coming to this country. As a Hispanic Attorney, I strive to be a role model, promoting diversity and inclusivity within the legal profession. My upbringing has honed my cultural competence, making me attuned to diverse perspectives and better equipped to navigate complex legal situations. Within my practice and pro-bono work, my Hispanic heritage provides a unique cultural perspective, facilitating deeper connections with clients who share similar backgrounds, while my proficiency in Spanish breaks down language barriers for those in need. As we celebrate Hispanic heritage month, let’s continue to honor the incredible resiliency and determination of Hispanics and their influences in the culture of this country. "

Christian M. Velez-Vargas

"My background as a first generation Hispanic-American has unequivocally shaped who I am today. I am very grateful to my parents who have instilled deeply-rooted values which I carry for the rest of my life: acceptance, community, culture, philanthropy, and the power of perseverance. Always accept others for who they are. Become active with your community. Engage in other people’s culture and invite them to ours. Give back no matter how small it may appear to be. Never give up and motivate our future generations to do the same. I am immensely proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and reflect on its rich culture, journey, and achievements in our shared history. "