John Huerta

John Huerta is the former General Counsel of the Smithsonian Institution. Mr. Huerta served on the Commission to study the potential creation of the National Museum of the American Latino.

Mr. Huerta served as the General Counsel of the Smithsonian Institution for 13 years where he provided legal advice to the Secretary and Board of Regents. While in the counsel, he directed lawyers and support staff which operated on a $1.2 billion budget along with the nation’s 19 museums and art galleries, the National Zoological Park and 9 research centers with facilities in 9 states, the District of Columbia and the Republics of Panama and Chile.

He also served as a counsel in Western Center on Law & Poverty, Los Angeles, where he specialized in housing, land use and rights of the homeless in class action litigation. John Huerta was also a partner in Gronemeier, Barker & Huerta and an associate counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund where he focused in business and civil rights litigation. John also served as the deputy assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and was acting Law Professor at the University of California, Davis.

John E. Huerta graduated from the University of California Berkeley, School of Law and was a Law and Humanity Fellow at Harvard University. He was designated as a Super Lawyer in Super Lawyer’s Magazine in 2008 and has been listed in Hispanic Business 100 most Influential Hispanics on numerous occasions.