2013 Finger Lakes Region
Luis E. Ormaechea
Underberg & Kessler LLP
Luis E. Ormaechea began his career as an educator in public schools in rural and urban settings across New York State. Luis has many fond memories of his days teaching middle-school and high-school biology and earth science, coaching track and field, and serving as a curriculum coordinator.
After receiving his J.D., magna cum laude, he worked at various locations before obtaining his current position as an associate attorney at Underberg & Kessler LLP.
Luis is a member of the Board of Directors of the Rochester Hispanic Business Association. He is also a member of the Marketing Committee of the Genesee Center for Arts and Education and the Board of Directors of Literacy Volunteers of Rochester, a not-for-profit organization of trained volunteers dedicated to providing one-to-one or small group English tutoring to functionally illiterate adults and to fostering literacy in Monroe County.
What is your Latin American/Hispanic Heritage?
I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. My parents, who were also born in Argentina, and I moved to New York when I was still a young child
How do you see yourself helping shape and define the future of Latinos in NYS?
As a member of the Monroe County Bar Association's Diversity Committee, I strive to further the Committee's goals, which include increasing diversity in the legal profession. To this end, I have volunteered my time to help with the Rochester Legal Diversity Clerkship Program, which attracts first-year law students from historically under-represented groups within the legal profession, including Latinos and members of other racial and ethnic minorities, to work in paid positions with law firms and other legal employers. My work with the Committee has also allowed me to provide mentorship to law students and to help with the development of a Diversity & Inclusion Job Fair for law students and attorneys.
My impact on the future of Latinos in New York State is further broadened by my work with organizations such as Literacy Volunteers of Rochester and the Rochester Hispanic Business Association, which provide services and support for many Latinos and others in New York State.
What accomplishment are you most proud of and why?
I am very proud of my background as an educator and my current work as an attorney. My work in these professions has allowed me to interact with and connect with people from diverse backgrounds and to contribute to the community in many ways. As an attorney, I've had the opportunity to serve not only my clients, but also other members of the community through my work with several different community organizations.
What is your favorite quote?
Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.