MEXICO CITY – Dec. 3, 2021 – Attorneys from global law firm Greenberg Traurig, S.C.’s Mexico City office represented the family of a 13-year-old boy with a chronic illness in obtaining access to the COVID- 19 vaccine, as well as necessary CBD to treat the illness. A team led by Litigation Senior Associate Hugo Hernández represents the family pro bono.
The child, who is identified as J.L.S.E., has epileptic seizures caused by a rare disease that affects his immune system. Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine was essential because of his health, but at the time it was not approved for those under the age of 18 in Mexico. Doctors also recommended the use of CBD, which is not regulated in the country, to help reduce the frequency of his seizures.
Greenberg Traurig attorneys secured the vaccine by injunctive relief granted by a federal judge in Mexico, and are working to secure access to CBD.
“The vaccine is essential for my child. The generous assistance from Greenberg Traurig has been key to helping him get access to these treatments that will provide him with tremendous benefits. We are truly grateful,” J.L.S.E.’s father stated in a public interview.
“We are very pleased with the work we’ve been doing for J.L.S.E., even knowing there is a long way to go to secure more long-term and continuous treatment. We will continue helping the family and are hopeful for the future,” Hernández said. “At Greenberg Traurig we are dedicated to pro bono efforts like this because they guarantee human rights and the rule of law, but also play a critical role in preserving and changing people’s lives.”
The Greenberg Traurig team working on this case includes Shareholders Víctor Manuel Frías (Antitrust Litigation & Competition Regulation and Corporate) and Joselino Morales Lopez (Litigation), Associates Hugo Hernández (Litigation), Perla Salgado Román (Litigation) and Miguel Saiz (Corporate and Securities Litigation); and Elba Gutiérrez (practice group attorney and pro bono manager),
Hernández focuses his practice mainly on regulatory law and administrative litigation, with experience focused on the energy, antitrust, finance, infrastructure, tax, telecommunications, consumer protection, and public policy sectors. He is also experienced in arbitration, mediation, negotiation, and dispute boards proceedings related with the aforementioned areas. Hernández has been named a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation and listed by The Legal 500 in the Mexico Dispute Resolution practice.
About Greenberg Traurig’s Pro Bono Program: Greenberg Traurig lawyers across the firm’s offices provide pro bono legal services to the indigent and working poor, as well as to numerous civic and charitable organizations dedicated to assisting them. The firm worldwide focuses its resources on specialized and interrelated issues including civil rights and affirmative action, anti-human trafficking, family law matters, children’s rights, criminal appeals, immigration and political asylum, housing, and homelessness.
About Greenberg Traurig’s Mexico City Office: Greenberg Traurig’s Mexico City office opened in 2011, offering clients innovative, strategic advice. The office leverages the resources and reach of the firm’s global platform, which consists of more than 100 practice areas and industry groups, to provide clients with tailored legal services reflective of the specific industry and market conditions in which they operate.
Mexico City Office is the winner of Chambers pro bono practice of the year award in 2019. Also, the Mexico City office is an integral part of the firm’s award-winning Latin America Practice. The attorneys in Mexico City work closely with colleagues from across the practice to advise both international and domestic clients with their business interests in Latin America, the United States, and other international markets.
About Greenberg Traurig: Greenberg Traurig, LLP (GT) has approximately 2300 attorneys in 40 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. GT has been recognized for its philanthropic giving, diversity, and innovation, and is consistently among the largest firms in the U.S. on the Law360 400 and among the Top 25 on the Am Law Global 100. The firm is net carbon neutral with respect to its office energy usage and Mansfield Rule 4.0 Certified Plus. Web: www.gtlaw.com