Filipino Lawyers

Spotlight on FWN Members: Pet Hartman and Hon. Lorna G. Schofield


Pet Hartman began her career on a path that is rare among other IT and Operations executive. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics and Communications from the University of Santo Tomas (Philippines). She then held various positions within the Operations and Technology divisions for over 20 years. 

Ms. Hartman joined Arch Insurance Group in June 2002. She is one of the pioneer employees when she was hired as an AVP, IT Project Management Office. She was quickly recognized as a high-potential resource by senior management. Being a new company that needs leadership under the CIO who is also responsible for the Operations Division, Ms. Hartman was promoted to VP, Operations Division where she managed the Facilities, Compliance, Policy Administration, Business Financial Services, and Claims Operations departments. 

Recognized as a valuable strategic manpower solution to the company on a global perspective, the Global Services Operation was created in 2014 under Ms. Hartman’s leadership. She is currently a Senior Vice President of the Global Services Division. She built an offshore organization that supports the IT and Operations global manpower needs of the different entities in the US, Canada, and Europe.

A high-energy, fiscally conscious, and goal-driven technology & operations executive, Ms. Pet Hartman approaches each new business challenge with intrinsic flair for innovation, creative problem-solving, and measured risk-taking to drive consistent bottom-line improvements and better business returns. 



Lorna G. Schofield was confirmed by a unanimous U.S. Senate vote as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York on December 13, 2012.  She is the first Filipino-American to serve as an Article III federal judge. 

Previously, Judge Schofield was a litigation partner at the international law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP from 1991 to 2011.  Judge Schofield’s practice focused on litigation in complex commercial matters, including the defense of companies and individuals in regulatory and white collar criminal investigations.  Judge Schofield is an experienced trial attorney, building on the trial experience she gained as a federal prosecutor.  Her trials include the successful defense of celebrity Rosie O’Donnell at trial in a $100 million lawsuit brought by the former publishers of Rosie magazine and a class action jury trial for one of the Big Four accounting firms in which the jury returned a favorable verdict after only thirty minutes. 

Judge Schofield was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP from 1981 to 1984.  From 1984 to 1988, Judge Schofield served as an Assistant US Attorney in the Criminal Division of the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. 

She is a former chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, an organization in which she held many leadership positions over twenty years.  Judge Schofield has written and spoken frequently about trial tactics and women in the legal profession.

Judge Schofield received her B.A. magna cum laude from Indiana University and her J.D. from New York University, where she was an editor of the New York University Law Review.

Congrats, Judge Jessica “Jinky” Arong O’Brien

Congrats, Judge Jessica “Jinky” Arong O’Brien

Nearly 20 years ago, First Lady of the United States Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote a best seller believed to be about an African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.”

On June 4, Cook County, Illinois Circuit Court Judge Jessica “Jinky” Arong O’Brien told a packed Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel ballroom in Chicago, Illinois during her installation as the first Filipino and first Asian American president of the 101-year-old Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI) for 2015-2016 by U.S. Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit how seven middle-income families in far-off Cebu in the Philippines showed the village people’s random of act of kindness and caring (bayanihan in Filipino) when they took turns in taking care of her from third grade up to high school until her mother was ready to take her to America.

News story courtesy of The Filipino Express