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August 02, 2021

Andrés W. López to receive ABA GPSolo Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award

CHICAGO, Aug. 3, 2021 — The American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division will honor Andrés W. López with its 2021 Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes the efforts and accomplishments of outstanding solo and small firm practitioners as well as bar leaders and associations.

The award will be presented to López at 12:45-1:45 p.m. CDT Friday, Aug. 6, at a virtual award presentation during the 2021 ABA Hybrid Annual Meeting.

This award recognizes exceptional lifetime achievement by a solo or small firm practitioner who is widely accepted by peers as having consistently achieved distinction in an exemplary way. The recipients are viewed by other solo and small firm practitioners as epitomizing the ideals of the legal profession and of solo and small firm practitioners.

López is the president of The Law Offices of Andrés W. López P.S.C. He represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex civil litigation. Before starting his own firm, López served as a law clerk for the Honorable George A. O’Toole Jr., United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts, and for the Honorable Jay A. Garcia-Gregory, United States District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico. He also worked in the litigation departments of two big law firms in Boston and San Juan.

For more than 25 years, López has worked on cases encompassing a broad range of substantive areas, such as constitutional law, products liability, securities and antitrust. He also has considerable experience in class actions and multidistrict litigation. López is an elected member of the American Law Institute.

He has served on numerous boards and volunteer positions, both in the legal profession and in the community at large. He served on President Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee during both of his presidential campaigns. During Obama’s reelection campaign, López was National Chairman of the Futuro Fund, an entity that broke all previous records for Latino presidential campaign fundraising and shattered stereotypes about the financial strength of Latinos in America. López has twice served as a presidential appointee, most recently as a member of the Kennedy Center’s Board of Trustees. Previously, he served on a presidential commission tasked with creating a feasibility report on the creation of a Smithsonian American Latino Museum on the National Mall. 

López has received numerous recognitions for his work, including as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the United States, the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award, and Hispanic VIP’s Man of the Year award. He also served in numerous roles in the Federal Bar Association, including as president of the FBA’s Puerto Rico chapter. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Democratic National Committee, and as a co-chair of the DNC’s Credentials Committee. He previously served as chairman of the Harvard Law School Latino Alumni Committee, and in that capacity led HLS’s Celebration of Latino Alumni. López is a founder of the Harvard Latino Law Review. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a law degree from Harvard Law School. For a photo of Lopez, click here.

With more than 10,000 members, the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division is committed to providing unique resources exclusively for solo, small-firm and general practitioners, who represent half of the nation’s lawyers.

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