About Lorena

Grew up in Central WA. First generation immigrant. Daughter of migrant farm workers. Civil rights attorney. Councilwoman.

A Champion for Workers

Lorena González fights for those who’ve been forgotten.

For those all over Washington State who’ve been taken advantage of by powerful interests.

Maybe that’s because she was one of them.

She was raised in Central Washington by two migrant farmworkers from Mexico.

Lorena became a civil rights attorney after witnessing, and experiencing firsthand, the abuses suffered by her fellow migrant farmworkers.

At 14, she saw a farmworker, in the cherry fields in where she worked with her family, beaten so badly by the orchard owner, that he could barely move.

In those orchards, as a young girl, she vowed to fight for justice for everyone.

After Grandview High School, she enrolled herself at Yakima Valley College, then WSU Pullman – relying on scholarships and working 3 jobs to get her business degree.

Then she went to Seattle University’s School of Law for her Juris Doctorate, graduating with honors.

Fighting for Everyday People

Lorena's Legal Career

Lorena is the first and only attorney in her immediate family.

Lorena started her career as a civil rights attorney at Gordon Thomas Honeywell, where she fought for the civil rights of farmworkers, like those in her own family.

As a trial lawyer, Lorena became the youngest partner – ever – at Schroeter Goldmark & Bender.

Lorena went to court to fight for workers victimized by wage theft and discrimination.

Lorena fought for victims of police misconduct, and for victims of sexual abuse.

For her work in and out of the courtroom, Lorena has earned multiple local and national awards, including Washington State Bar Association, Civil Rights Section: Distinguished Service Award (2010) and Champion for Children (2018, Save the Children).

Lorena has served on various local, regional and national non-profit boards, including Latina/o Bar Association of Washington, One America Votes, and Washington State Association for Justice.

As a city councilwoman, Lorena has spearheaded progressive laws including gun control, paid family leave, police accountability, secure scheduling, and more.