Growing up the daughter of Cuban immigrants, Hinshaw & Culbertson Miami partner-in-charge Barbara Fernandez felt the weight of her parents’ sacrifice while considering what she wanted to be when she grew up.

Fernandez’ parents left Cuba in 1970. They traveled to Spain, where they lived for two years before arriving in the U.S. They moved up north, decided it was too cold, and moved again to Miami, where Fernandez was born in 1975.