Attorney Spotlight: Gabriella Alonso

Hispanic Heritage Month

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Gabriella E. AlonsoIn which office are you located?

Houston

Tell us a little about your practice.

I primarily handle banking and financial services litigation matters here at the firm, although I jump on regulatory compliance matters when the opportunity presents itself. Our practice group focuses on state and federal laws and regulations governing financial institutions like lenders, servicers, credit furnishers, and the like. COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on everyone, and the financial services industry is no exception. In the litigation context, this means working with clients to create flexible and effective trial strategies on our existing cases while drawing a map for what things might look like in the future. As far as the day-to-day goes, I really enjoy digging in to a case and organizing all the little pieces in order to paint the big picture.

Why did you want to become an attorney?

I always wanted to be a lawyer. There wasn’t any particular moment or event in my life I can point to, I just knew. Growing up, I was very fortunate to have strong female role models in my life – my mom, my teachers, my sisters – and for some reason I knew that becoming a lawyer would help me on my way to becoming a strong female role model for someone else.    

What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you?

I think this month presents an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be Hispanic. My great-grandfather immigrated from Spain to Mexico, where my father was raised until he moved to the United States when he was 16. When I was young, my family lived in Barcelona, Spain and we spent quite a bit time traveling across the northern part of the country meeting various members of my Dad’s extended family. Every place we went was different from the last, yet the culture is all still considered “Hispanic.” I think that’s what makes Hispanic Heritage Month so special – there are countless ways to celebrate, learn, and reflect.

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