Dorsey & Whitney LLPA native of south Texas, Roxanna Gonzalez looked to her mom and dad as inspirations when it came time to choose a career.
“My dad became an attorney later in life,” she said. “He litigated personal-injury matters on behalf of clients in the U.S. and Mexico. My mother worked as a business manager, so both of my parents were impacted in different ways by the law, and that got me interested.
“I wanted to do something that I was passionate about. That led me to law school.”
Gonzalez joined Dorsey & Whitney LLP during the height of the pandemic, when the firm was working remotely. But that didn’t deter her. She quickly established herself as a valuable resource to partners across the firm.
She is an associate in Dorsey’s trial group, where she represents clients involved in complex business litigation. The areas she works in include general contract disputes, business disputes, internal investigations, real estate and antitrust.
It wasn’t long before she got the attention of her Dorsey mentors. Gonzalez was given a firm award that recognizes a special achievement for trial associates based on her work on an arbitration for a long-time firm client. She handled the trial solo, which was no small task: opening and closing arguments, witnesses, exhibits and strategy calls. And she won.
“I enjoy learning about my clients and working to help tell their stories,” Gonzalez said.
When not on the clock, Gonzalez maintains an active pro bono practice. She contributed to more than 100 pro bono hours in 2021, and has worked on a number of pro bono matters, including a project through The Jim Crow Juries Project, that aims to help Louisianans heal from injustices caused by Jim Crow-era juries.
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