Local Law Firm Partners with the Largest Minority-Owned Law Firm in U.S.;...

Local Law Firm Partners with the Largest Minority-Owned Law Firm in U.S.; Firms to Benefit from a Larger National Footprint



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Los Angeles, CA & Miami, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–July 12, 2004–California-based Alvarado, Smith & Sanchez announced today it has agreed to partner with Miami-based Adorno & Yoss, the largest certified minority-owned law firm in the United States. The firm, to be known locally as Adorno Yoss Alvarado & Smith, will continue to specialize in banking, real estate, litigation, motor vehicle, employment, corporate/business and public agency law. The firm will also draw on its national resources to provide local and national clients with high quality legal advice in a wide array of practice areas, including international business, cross-border financings, corporate finance, transportation, environmental and bankruptcy.

Alvarado, Smith & Sanchez is one of the largest Hispanic-owned law firms in California and currently has offices in Irvine and Los Angeles. The resulting venture will have over 185 attorneys in eight offices in California, Florida and Georgia.

“We have been looking for an opportunity to expand our firm to better serve our local and Fortune 500 clients. We believe Adorno & Yoss is the perfect fit for our firm because we share a strong commitment to delivering high quality legal services and minority development and empowerment,” stated Ruben Smith of Alvarado, Smith & Sanchez.

“This partnership is an important part of Adorno Yoss Alvarado & Smith’s plan to effectively compete for national and international legal work arising from a significant sector of corporate America that is committed to the advancement of minority-owned law firms. This plan started with the opening of an office in Atlanta, Georgia, last month, and in the next few weeks, we plan to open additional offices in Baltimore/Washington, DC and New York City,” said Hank Adorno, President of Adorno & Yoss.

The firm also plans to expand its operations in Latin America by opening a new office in both Mexico City and Santiago, Chile.

“The focus of the firm and this partnership is to expand our current client base of Fortune 500 companies and other public and private sector clients throughout the United States and Latin America. We offer an unparalleled depth of service with the largest contingent of quality lawyers from diverse backgrounds,” stated Raymond Alvarado, Managing Shareholder of Alvarado, Smith & Sanchez.

Hank Adorno stated, “We are undoubtedly pleased. Our friends at the Alvarado, Smith and Sanchez firm are just as committed as we are to our plan to create a national legal powerhouse that happens to be owned by minorities, in our case Latinos.”

ABOUT THE FIRMS

Adorno & Yoss is one of the nation’s largest full service law firms and the largest certified minority-owned law firm in the country. Adorno & Yoss provides a full range of legal services to corporations ranging from Fortune 500 and publicly traded companies to major insurance organizations as well as governments and individuals. Please visit our web site at http://www.adorno.com for more information. The firm is a member of Law Firm of the Americas, an alliance of law firms providing legal services of the highest quality to individuals and corporations doing business in the Northern hemisphere and Spain. For more information about LFA see http://www.lfalaw.org, or contact Francisco J. Gonzalez at fjg@adorno.com.

Alvarado, Smith & Sanchez is a premier minority-owned law firm dedicated to superior legal representation and serving clients locally, nationally and internationally. Having opened its doors in 1993 as a two attorney practice, the firm has grown to more than 20 attorneys with offices in Los Angeles and Irvine. Alvarado, Smith & Sanchez has represented some of the largest businesses in the nation and has gained international recognition for business in Latin America and Mexico. Please visit our website at http://www.asands.com for more information.

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CONTACT:

Alvarado, Smith & Sanchez

Art Navarro, 949-294-2930,

or

Meg Waters, 949-768-1600,

or

Adorno & Yoss

Vivian Bermudez, 305-860-7267,

Local Law Firm Partners with the Largest Minority-Owned Law Firm in U.S.; Firms to Benefit from a Larger National Footprint