Fernando Rivera Elected New President of Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania

The Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania (HBAPA) has elected a new president in Fernando Rivera.

He has served on the board of the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania and the Hispanic Bar of Pennsylvania Legal Education Fund (LEF) since 2014. In 2018, he served as Chairman of the Legal Education Fund.

During his year as president, Rivera raised more than $90,000 in donations and awarded $33,000 in scholarships to area law students. Both achievements served as records for the LEF.

He hopes to follow that momentum by achieving similar success in his new role as HBAPA president.

Beyond that, he seeks to continue HBAPA’s upward trajectory by promoting diversity and inclusive initiatives, increasing law student membership and mentorship opportunities, and engaging the Hispanic community through education. and civic engagement.

“Looking forward to serving as HBAPA President this year and working alongside this great team of people,” Rivera wrote in a LinkedIn post.

In addition to his involvement with the HBAPA, Rivera is an employment litigation attorney with Console Mattiacci Law, LLC, where he represents individuals who are victims of unlawful employment practices regarding discrimination, retaliation, workplace harassment, unfair dismissal, denunciations, medical leaves. , disability leave, wage and hour claims, employment contract disputes, and other employment-related matters.

Rivera earned his Juris Doctorate from Drexel University’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law. While in law school, he served as clerk for the Honorable Norma L. Shapiro of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

He also left a major imprint on the school, as he was one of the founding board members of the Kline School of Law’s Labor and Employment Law Society, which strives to promote educational opportunities, career and networking opportunities for students interested in the field of work. and labor law.

This year, Rivera was included in the list of Top Lawyers, “Ones to Watch in America” ​​in the area of ​​Labor and Employer Law – Employee.

The honor adds to a growing list he has achieved throughout his legal career, including making the “Rising Stars” list of NJ’s Super Lawyers in Employment Litigation in 2020 and 2021, the “Rising Stars” list of Super Lawyers in Employment Litigation, and the Pro Bono Honor Roll for Pennsylvania’s First Judicial District in 2015 and 2016.

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