Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania Presents Tom Duffy with La Justicia Award

HBAPA President Will Gonzalez (left) and Secretary Elizabeth Oquendo, center, congratulate Tom Duffy on receiving the 2014 La Justicia Award.

(Philadelphia, PA) – In a beautiful ceremony on April 24 in the majestic City Hall Law Library, the Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania (HBAPA) awarded Tom Duffy of Duffy + Partners with its prestigious “La Justicia” award.

The award, now in its 13th year, recognizes those who have contributed to the Philadelphia Latino community and exemplify “qualities of the human spirit to which all should aspire.” The HBAPA board cited both Duffy’s day-to-day work on behalf of the catastrophically injured as well as the creation of the “Duffy Fellowship,” which underwrites the full-time salary of staff attorneys at some of the area's foremost public interest legal service organizations.

“Latinos have the highest rate of poverty in the city of Philadelphia – 42%,” said Will Gonzalez, HBAPA 2014 President. “One of the Duffy Fellows is a Spanish-speaking attorney who helps patients of St. Christopher's Hospital, located in the heart of Philadelphia's Barrio, through the Legal Clinic for the Disabled's Medical Legal Partnership. This is the kind of action that makes an impact in our community, and for that we applaud and thank Tom Duffy.”

Past La Justicia award recipients have included the Honorable L. Felipe Restrepo, the Honorable Juan R. Sanchez, the Honorable Teresa Sarmina, and the Honorable Nelson Diaz, along with other city and community leaders.

Tom Duffy left a promising career at a large Philadelphia firm 26 years ago to establish his own practice, one that has helped catastrophic injury victims and their families obtain settlements and verdicts in the hundreds of millions. Visit duffyfirm.com for more info.