Press Release
June 11, 2024

Partner Daniel Mateo Honored with Margarita Echevarria Trailblazer of the Year Award from The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey

MIAMI (June 11, 2024) – The Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey (HBA-NJ) has honored Holland & Knight Partner Daniel Mateo with the prestigious 2024 Margarita Echevarria Trailblazer of the Year Award. The award was presented at the HBA-NJ's 43rd Annual Scholarship Gala and Awards Dinner on June 8 at the Riverview Ballroom in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.

Named after the HBA-NJ's first president, the Margarita Echevarria Trailblazer of the Year award pays tribute to her courage and foresight as a trailblazer for Hispanic lawyers in New Jersey. The award recognizes individuals who have dared to blaze new trails and break through glass ceilings to advance the cause of Hispanic lawyers and help create opportunities for the Hispanic community as a whole.

As a native Spanish speaker of Puerto Rican descent, Mr. Mateo is a lifetime member of the HBA-NJ, holding a number of roles and serving as the organization's president from 2011 to 2012. Currently, he is the 46th president of the Hispanic National Bar Association. Throughout his career, Mr. Mateo has been deeply involved in diversity and inclusion initiatives and mentoring law students.

A partner in Holland & Knight's Miami and Philadelphia offices, Mr. Mateo has more than 30 years of experience handling complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters for clients in many industries, with a particular focus on issues facing pharmaceutical and life sciences companies.

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