Damaris Hernández never dreamed of becoming a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore when she was growing up in the distressed East New York section of Brooklyn. “When I sat on my stoop in Brooklyn, I didn’t know what was Cravath was,” Hernández says, “and I would never have imagined being a Cravath partner. It was never in my imagination.” In the neighborhood where she grew up, lawyers were someone you called when you were in trouble, or needed help accessing services, she says.

But in January, Hernández, 37, a litigator focusing on complex civil litigation and corporate and government investigations, became the first Latina partner in Cravath’s history. A graduate of New York University School of Law and Harvard College, Hernández even received a congratulatory note from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

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