In a Q&A featured recently on the Law360 website, Locke Lord Partner Ernesto Palomo shared his thoughts on how he broke the glass ceiling in the legal industry and the challenges he has faced being a lawyer of color at a senior level in a major international firm.
Palomo, who is based in Locke Lord’s Chicago office and is part of the Firm’s business litigation and arbitration group, represents large multinational companies in court and commercial arbitration proceedings around the country. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of complex business disputes, and also has extensive experience counseling clients on issues of insurance and reinsurance coverage.
On breaking through the glass ceiling coming out of law school, Palomo noted that he sent an email message to the entire Chicago office volunteering his services to any pro bono litigation matter. The Firm’s then-managing partner responded to his request, so “I took full advantage of this opportunity to show an important person in the firm hierarchy that I could consistently turn out high-quality legal work,” Palomo told Law360.
Palomo told Law360 that for many lawyers of color in a law firm setting “it is not always easy to stay busy once you make the move from associate to partner … Once you figure out how to keep yourself busy, the lawyer of color must then devote substantial efforts to making sure that younger attorneys of color are similarly successful.”
The complete Law360 Minority Powerbroker Q&A
featuring Palomo is available on the Law360 website