Christian Gonzalez Named to Hispanic National Bar Association Board of Governors
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP’s Christian Gonzalez has been named to the Board of Governors of the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA).
A partner in Dinsmore’s Columbus office, Gonzalez was named President of HNBA’s Region 10 in August 2015. Region 10 represents Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Region 10 got off in late 2014, and Gonzalez says it’s beginning to gain critical mass. His goal as President is to continue to build membership through key partnerships within corporations in the Region and nationally, like the Met Life Mentoring Program that connects law students with attorneys. The program has almost doubled in size this year, going from 10 participants last year to 19.
“Engaging attorneys at the start of their career is important because they are our future membership and bring a lot of energy to the group. I was involved with the HNBA in law school and remember being impressed with the organization, and I want to carry that over the next generation,” said Gonzalez. “I hope during my tenure as President, that we can get the infrastructure and funding in place, at the regional level, so there’s less focus on the processes and more focus on the mission.”
Gonzalez is also active in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) participating in the 2016 Fellows Program. LCLD is a national organization made up of the legal profession’s top general counsel and managing partners. The Fellows Program aims to increase diversity at the leadership levels of the nation’s law firms and corporate legal departments.
A member of Dinsmore’s Corporate Department, Gonzalez’s practice focuses on corporate, banking and securities law, including mergers and acquisitions, federal securities law compliance, public and private stock offerings, capital formation, regulatory compliance, and general corporate governance matters.
Gonzalez has extensive and significant experience servicing financial sector clients ranging from multi-billion dollar public financial institutions to community banks and thrifts. He counsels financial institutions in strategic growth planning, holding company formation, M&A transactions and other critical situations and has a broad range of experience in complex transactional, securities, regulatory, governance and compliance matters impacting this highly regulated and ever-evolving sector. Gonzalez has also been a resource for the firm’s leadership covering the impact of Dodd-Frank Act regulations on the firm’s financial sector clients.
Prior to joining Dinsmore, Gonzalez served as General Counsel for The Ohio Division of Financial Institutions working on various regulatory and corporate matters pertaining to state-chartered financial institutions. He earned his J.D. from the New York Law School.