M. Lorena Gonzalez is Legal Counsel to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. As a member of his Executive Team, she provides general legal, political and strategic counsel to the Mayor on a variety of policy and legislative priorities.
Prior to joining Mayor Murray’s administration, Lorena was a Shareholder at Schroeter Goldmark & Bender, where she focused her practice on representing individuals in a variety of serious personal injury cases as well as representing those victimized by people in authority positions. Lorena has been recognized locally and nationally for her work in and out of the courtroom, and has been awarded multiple recognitions, including: 2005 LBAW Outstanding Member of the Year; 2009 HNBA Top 7 Lawyers Under 40; 2010-2013 Washington Law & Politics Rising Star; 2010 WSBA Civil Rights Section Distinguished Service Award; 2011 SU School of Law Alumni Service Award; 2012 Thomas C. Wales Foundation Night Among Heroes Honoree; 2013 SU School of Law’s Latina/o Law Student Association La Justicia Award; 2014 SU Alumni Community Service Award; 2014 Washington State Association of Justice Carl Maxey Diversity Award. In 2013, Seattle Magazine recognized Lorena as one of Seattle’s Most Influential Persons.
Lorena serves on various local, regional and national non-profit boards, including the National Council of La Raza, Northwest Area Foundation and, until recently, the Washington State Association for Justice. She’s also a founding member of the National Advisory Committee for the Latino Victory Project – a national movement that builds power in the Latino community so that the faces and voices of Latinos are reflected at every level of government and in the policies that drive our country forward.
Lorena grew up as a migrant farmworker in the lower Yakima Valley and is the daughter of immigrant parents from Michoacán, Mexico. She is the first and only attorney in her family.