In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month Wong Fleming Recognizes Associate Aidaelena Valdes
To Ms. Valdes, Hispanic Heritage month is a celebration of her culture and traditions passed on from her ancestors and that she now gets to pass on to her own children. Ms. Valdes believes that her identity as a lawyer of Latin decent has positively influenced her daily decision-making, stating that “It has helped me carry myself with great empathy and made me realize that it is my duty to serve as an example for other future Latina and/or minority female lawyers.”
If Ms. Valdes could give advice to a young person coming up in the legal profession or who wants to be a lawyer, she would emphasize Persistency. Ms. Valdes believes that being persistent will take one very far, in both the legal profession and in life. “Some people may be very smart or talented, but persistency and tenacity will beat the odds any day.”
One of Ms. Valdes’ favorite quotes is: “Ser culto para ser libre” by Jose Marti (Cuban Philosopher, Poet) which translates to “Be educated to be free,” emphasizing her committment to education and growth in her chosen profession.
Aidaelena Valdes is an Associate in the Firm’s Princeton, New Jersey office. Ms. Valdes’ practice focuses on creditors’ rights and bankruptcy, and commercial litigation. Prior to joining Wong Fleming, Ms. Valdes focused her practice on creditors’ rights and bankruptcy, primarily in the state of Florida. She also has experience in the areas of probate and foreclosures. Ms. Valdes is fluent in Spanish and has significant familiarity in providing Spanish to English translation to her clients. Ms. Valdes earned a Bachelor of Arts from Florida International University in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She received her Juris Doctorate from NSU Shepard Broad Law School.
Ms. Valdes, is half Cuban and half Honduran. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico and now resides in Miami. She states that she is a mix of cultures, with many members of her family coming from several different nationalities, including Italian, Spanish, Argentinean, and Turkish. She is extremely proud of her heritage and hopes to pass on these diverse traditions to her two children.