Robert Maldonado Wins 2023 HNBA/VIA National Award for Latino Attorney of the Year

Robert Maldonado has been awarded the 2023 Hispanic National Bar Association's Vision in Action (HNBA/VIA) National Award for Latino Attorney of the Year.

Every year the HNBA/VIA recognizes a talented group of lawyers and institutions that are making a difference in the legal profession and in Hispanic communities. Rob is recognized for his outstanding professional achievements combined with an exceptional commitment to service. 

Rob focuses his practice on intellectual property counseling and litigation, including patent, trademark, copyright, false advertising, and unfair competition matters in federal court. He has extensive litigation experience at both the trial court and appellate court levels, as well as before the Patent and Trial Appeal Board (PTAB) and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). 

Rob works closely with clients spanning from start-up businesses to global corporations in a variety of industries, including fashion and apparel, food and beverage, music, advertising, and mechanical, material and process arts. Most recently, he successfully led the Thom Browne trial team in defending trademark infringement and dilution claims against adidas. Rob has also assisted non-profits with protecting their intellectual property, such as pro-bono work for LatinoJustice. He is a regular speaker on diversity issues and serves as a mentor to Intellectual Property Law Institute™ scholars through the HNBA program. 

The HNBA is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership association that represents the interests of over 78,000+ Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, law students, and legal professionals in the United States and its territories. Since 1972, the HNBA has acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession by creating opportunities for Hispanic lawyers and by helping generations of lawyers to succeed. Their VIA (“Vision in Action”) Fund is the HNBA’s 501(c)(3) charitable arm. Through a combination of strategic programmatic activities, VIA works in joint enterprise with the HNBA to support the development and advancement of Hispanic students, legal professionals, and community members.

The HNBA/VIA will recognize the award recipients on Thursday, September 7 in Minneapolis, MN during their Annual Convention National Awards Reception. Learn more