América A. Guzmán
Commercial Litigator // Esbrook P.C.
Please provide a description of your practice.
I am a corporate litigation associate at Esbrook P.C., a boutique commercial litigation firm in Chicago. My practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, class action suits, Title IX and sexual harassment, breach of warranty/contract, products liability, tort claims, disputes arising out of corporate transactions, business litigation, insurance litigation, and environmental counseling and litigation. My litigation experience spans across the United States, in both State and Federal Courts. As an experienced boxing instructor and national public speaker and presenter, I am able to bring diverse perspectives and experiences to my practice.
Why are you a member of the WBAI?
Upon graduating from law school and moving to Chicago from Detroit in 2020, I joined the WBAI to connect with other women in the legal community and grow my practice. After an encouraging call from the WBAI President, Whitney Siehl, I attended the Annual Dinner and joined my first committee, the Sports Law Committee. I helped throw a very successful first-time event and connected with numerous judges, lawyers, and law students.
I decided to take on more of an active role this past year because I believe it is important to promote the WBAI’s mission and advocate for women lawyers, providing opportunities for women to connect with one another, support each other, and excel in the legal field. The WBAI is dedicated to empowering women in the legal profession and provides education, resources, and relationships to develop the skills needed to excel and shape the legal community.
The events and programming of the WBAI are instrumental to advancing the interests of women and women lawyers and I am proud to co-chair three committees: Sports Law Committee, Mental Health & Wellness Committee, and Young Lawyers Committee.
What do you think is the best way to empower women in law?
Opportunities, Mentorship, and Encouragement.
All of these building blocks are needed to empower women in the law. Women need to be given opportunities to excel and grow. Sharing our own experiences and knowledge with other women helps to nurture and protect them in the workplace. Encouraging women to take on risks and to advocate for themselves as they would their own clients is essential.
Women empowerment in law is a team effort and we must all do our part to challenge the biases of the legal community and promote the talents of women in our field.
What are you most looking forward to in the following year, personally/professionally?
I look forward to engaging with new and current members of the WBAI at the upcoming Putt-Putt Par-tee event in February, put on by the Sports Law Committee. I am also looking forward to learning from our esteemed panel at the Health, Wellness, and Maintaining High Performance event in April, put on by the Mental Health and Wellness Committee.
I also am recently engaged and looking forward to planning my wedding this upcoming year.
Tell us something interesting about you.
I am a former collegiate soccer player and experienced boxing instructor. Prior to becoming an attorney, I travelled across North America as a product specialist for Lincoln Motor Company with the North American Auto Show. I am a HUGE dog lover and pit bull advocate.