March 12, 2021 – Ulmer & Berne LLP is proud to announce that Partner Daniela Paez has been named to the National LGBT Bar Association’s 2021 class of Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40, which recognizes 40 LGBTQ+ legal professionals under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves in their field and demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBTQ+ equality.
“We are so pleased that Daniela has been recognized by the National LGBT Bar Association for her successful advocacy in high-stakes litigation matters and her deep commitment to promoting health, justice, and diversity and inclusion in the community,” said Timothy J. Downing, Ulmer’s Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Counsel. “She is a talented and creative attorney who uses her skills to make a difference, and her tireless dedication is an inspiration to those who work with her, particularly women, women of color, and LGBTQ+ attorneys.”
Paez focuses her practice on complex commercial, banking, fiduciary, and broker-dealer litigation. She represents a diverse set of clients ranging from individuals, LLCs, and closely held corporations to large, multinational companies and financial institutions, in state and federal courts, mediation, arbitration, and international disputes. As a member of Ulmer’s nationally recognized Litigation Department, Paez has played an important role in several precedent-setting matters, including the recent high-profile constitutional challenge of a controversial state law that risked increasing racial segregation in public schools across Ohio and pivotal cases before the Supreme Court of Ohio involving matters of first impression and statutory interpretation.
Paez shows her leadership through her dedication to helping others and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Stella Maris, Inc., a nonprofit long-term care facility that provides addiction recovery and mental health services. She has also volunteered as a classroom instructor with the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s (CMBA) Rights, Responsibilities, and Realities (3Rs) Program to help students in Cleveland and East Cleveland public schools understand and appreciate the U.S. Constitution, and has worked on important pro bono matters including assisting the Federal Public Defender’s office as Ohio counsel in a death penalty appeal.
An active supporter of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts, Paez is a member of Ulmer’s DEI Committee and serves as Ulmer’s liaison to the CMBA’s Minority Clerkship Program, which provides opportunities for qualified minority law students to work as law clerks. She is also involved with the Hispanic National Bar Association and is working as one of two Deputy Regional Presidents to build the group’s presence in Northeast Ohio. Consistently recognized for her talent and skill, Paez has previously been named to the Crain’s Cleveland Business list of “Forty Under 40,” to the Best Lawyers® Ones to Watch list for Commercial Litigation, and to the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.
Paez will be honored along with the other members of the 2021 class at the National LGBT Bar Association’s Lavender Law® Conference and Career Fair on July 28-30 in Los Angeles, California. The National LGBT Bar Association is a national association of lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals, law students, activists, and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender legal organizations that promotes justice in and through the legal profession from the LGBTQ+ community in all its diversity. To read more about the 2021 class of Best LGBTQ+ Lawyers Under 40, click here.