Ernesto R. Claeyssen is an associate in the Litigation group in the New York office. He focuses his practice on commercial litigation and disputes, which includes the representation of individual and corporate clients in complex commercial litigation matters, white collar criminal matters, government investigations, privacy and cybersecurity matters, and regulatory enforcement actions.
“Even though the ADA was a major milestone for the disability movement, the ADA needs major improvements in eradicating the digital divide that currently exists due to technology.”
Tell us about a professional goal you are proud of achieving, and what (or who) inspired you to go for it.
While in law school, my note, “Buy It on the ‘Gram: The Need to Extend the Americans with Disabilities Act to the E-Commerce World,” was published in the Rutgers University Law Review. Even though the ADA was a major milestone for the disability movement, the ADA needs major improvements in eradicating the digital divide that currently exists due to technology, which prevents people with disabilities from achieving true equality.
Are you involved in organizations outside the firm? If so, which ones?
I am currently involved with LatinoJustice PRLDEF, which is a New York-based civil rights organization whose mission is to protect civil rights for the Latino community, cultivate future Latino and Latina leaders, enhance opportunities for all Latinos to succeed in work and school, and increase civic participation. As a former CLASP intern, I am focusing my efforts in assisting the organization to increase the number of future Latino and Latina attorneys in the legal profession.
On a personal note, what has been your go-to self-care activity in this remote work environment?
As an amateur photographer, I always enjoy taking my camera with me because photography helps me focus on the present and forget about everything else that goes on around me.
Can you share with us a saying or quote that gives you inspiration or helps you stay centered?
“Always remember that the future comes one day at a time.” Living with a lifelong hearing disability, I often contemplate whether my life would drastically change five or ten years down the line. This quote reminds me to always keep my eyes on the path, rather than the horizon, and to look at how far I have come to get to where I am at today.