Ulmer & Berne LLP is proud to announce that Associate Daniela Paez has been selected to the 2018 class of Forty Under 40 by Crain’s Cleveland Business. The individuals named in this elite group are considered the next generation of rising stars who have taken a leading role in the greater Cleveland business community.
“We are thrilled that Crain’s has recognized Daniela’s significant accomplishments both in and outside of the courtroom,” said Paul R. Harris, Co-Chair of Ulmer’s Business Litigation Practice Group. “Throughout her career, she has proven herself as an incredible business litigator capable of handling complex disputes, and her dedication to making a difference in the community is admirable. We at Ulmer are very proud of her achievements.”
Paez has established herself as a transformative presence in Northeast Ohio, not only because of her successful advocacy in high-stakes business litigation matters, but also because of her unwavering commitment to promoting health and justice in the community. Named to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, Paez represents corporate clients, ranging from individuals to multinational corporations, in complex business and financial services matters.
She has successfully defended financial institutions in customer disputes in arbitration before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and has achieved significant courtroom victories for her clients, including a recent appellate win regarding the application of the Uniform Fiduciaries Act. Notably, she helped obtain precedent-setting victories at the Ohio Supreme Court in a 2017 case that clarified the requirements for the presentation of claims against a decedent’s estate and a 2018 case that clarified the scope of secondary liability under the Ohio Securities Act.
Paez focuses on supporting underprivileged members of the Cleveland community. She serves on the board of directors for Stella Maris, Inc., a nonprofit long-term care facility that provides addiction recovery and mental health services. In addition to helping manage the organization’s corporate documents, she travels the country raising awareness on and volunteering for impactful addiction treatment initiatives.
She often handles pro bono matters, including assisting the Federal Public Defender’s office in a death penalty appeal. As a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, she served as a classroom volunteer for the 3Rs: Rights, Responsibilities, and Realities Program, which connects lawyers, judges, law students, and paralegals with high school students in Cleveland and East Cleveland schools.
While a student at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, she served as Co-President of the Lambda Law Students Association, an organization dedicated to maintaining a supportive environment for the LGBT community. As a recipient of the Klatsky Human Rights Fellowship, Paez also served as an intern in the LGBT Rights Program at Human Rights Watch.
The 2018 class of Forty Under 40 will be profiled in the November 19 issue of Crain’s Cleveland Business and will be honored at an awards reception on the same date at the LaSalle Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio. Now in its 27th year, Crain’s Forty Under 40 program has honored more than 1,000 individuals for their professional successes and civic contributions.