The Oregon Hispanic Bar Association (OHBA)

The OHBA operates in Oregon to encourage Latinos to become attorneys, retain Latino legal professionals, raise the awareness of Latino legal issues, support Latino law students and legal professionals, and celebrate the achievements of Latino Legal professionals.

Focused on Oregon, the OHBA seeks to:

  • Encourage Latinos to serve in the law.
  • Retain Latino legal professionals.
  • Support and mentor Latino law students and legal professionals.
  • Promote advancement of Latino legal professionals.
  • Raise Awareness of Latino legal issues in the community.
  • Collaborate with other organizations that serve the Latino community on legal issues.
  • Provide social networking and mentoring opportunities.

Board of Directors

Hon. Angel Lopez

Judge Angel Lopez has served as a Circuit Court Judge since 2009. Prior to this he worked as a criminal defense attorney in the firm Squires and Lopez. He is a graduate of Occidental College and Willamette College of Law. He was the first person of color to be elected president of the Oregon State Bar.

 Angela Lucero
Angela Lucero
angela@tkatlaw.com
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Angela Lucero

Angela Franco Lucero is a member and manager of Kranovich & Lucero, LLC. Ms. Lucero focuses her practice defending civil litigation claims. She represents clients in bodily injury, property damage and insurance coverage disputes. She has represented individual clients, insurance companies and self insured public bodies. As a minority attorney she continuously strives to be a better attorney, colleague, mentor and future leader within the profession and the community. She is committed to working towards creating a more diverse legal community and eliminating patterns and practices which perpetuate misunderstanding and racism.

Ms. Lucero earned her Bachelor of Criminal Justice and her B.A. in Spanish from New Mexico State University and her J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School.

Ms. Lucero currently serves on Board of Directors of the Oregon Women Lawyers Association, the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association, and the Oregon State Bar Board of Bar Examiners. Ms. Lucero is a founding member and former president of Clackamas Women Lawyers. She is a member of the Oregon Minority Lawyers Association, and the Oregon Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Claudia G. Groberg

Claudia Garcia Groberg, earned her B.A from Idaho State University in 1994 and her J.D from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2003. After law school, Claudia clerked at the Lane County Circuit Court for the Honorable Lauren Holland, worked as a staff attorney at the Workers' Compensation Board, and joined the Oregon Department of Justice in 2006. She is currently the Attorney In Charge of the Civil Recovery Section. When she’s not working, Claudia enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband, three grown sons, two dogs, and an assortment of cats.

Hon. Darleen Ortega

Darleen Ortega has served as a judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals since 2003 and is the first woman of color and the only Latina to serve as an appellate judge in Oregon.

Judge Ortega is a frequent speaker on topics related to racial justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, privilege, and equipping women and people of color to succeed in the law. She spends hours each week with law students and new lawyers, especially those from marginalized communities, helping them to make sense of the legal world. She also is an avid movie and theater critic; her reviews appear regularly in the Portland Observer. Her continuing engagement with issues affecting marginalized communities includes involvement with middle school and high school students in Portland; service on the board of Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where she chairs the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee; co-founding OneGeorgeFox, an alumni organization that advocates for LGBTQ students at George Fox University; and past service on the board of Northwest Health Foundation, where she chaired the Equity Committee. Judge Ortega is an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark Law School and serves as a resource to all three Oregon Law schools on issues of racial justice and equity, diversity, and inclusion. She also serves on the board of the Meyer Memorial Trust and is a co-chair of OWLS-IN (Oregon Women Lawyers Intersectionality Network).

 Erica Rosales Kinney
Erica Rosales Kinney
ericarosaleskinney@dwt.com
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Erica Rosales Kinney

Erica Rosales concentrates her practice on business, transactional, and real estate matters, with an emphasis on the food, beverage, and restaurant industries. She represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, financings, and real estate transactions.

 Gabriela Sanchez
Gabriela Sanchez
sanchezg@lanepowell.com
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Gabriela Sanchez

Gabi is a shareholder at Lane Powell PC.  She specializes in representing long term care and senior living communities. She enjoys giving back to her community through her involvement in various local groups and non-profit boards.

 Ivan Resendiz Gutierrez
Ivan Resendiz Gutierrez
ivan.r.gutierrez@gmail.com
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Ivan Resendiz Gutierrez

Iván Resendiz Gutierrez is an associate in Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP’s litigation practice group.  He focuses his practice on business litigation, representing local and national clients on a variety of complex civil matters, including corporate governance and shareholder disputes, ERISA, labor and employment, securities, and appeals.  Iván also serves as a member of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee.  Before joining MNG&D, Iván served as a judicial clerk for the Hon. Lynn R. Nakamoto at the Oregon Supreme Court and the Oregon Court of Appeals.  Iván is a proud “Double Duck”; he earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Oregon before receiving his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law.

 Jesús Miguel Palomares
Jesús Miguel Palomares
jesus.palomares@millernash.com
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Jesús Miguel Palomares

Juan Jasso

Juan Jasso is a business attorney focusing in the areas of entity formation, corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions, and securities. He was born in southern California and attended the University of California Santa Barbara before moving the Oregon to study law at the University of Oregon. In his spare time, Juan enjoys traveling, cooking, and cheering on his former hometown Dodgers & Lakers.

 Luis Garcia

Luis Garcia

Luis Garcia, is an associate attorney with Marandas Sinlapasai, P.C. (MSPC). At MSPC, Luis emphasizes the representation of individuals in removal and deportation proceedings, and provides representation and services in connection with affirmative applications for naturalization, family based immigration, asylum and related relief, and relief for survivors of domestic violence.

Luis received his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law and his B.A. from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. Luis is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and currently serves as ProBono co-liaison. Luis is also a board member of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association (OHBA). In his spare time, Luis also participates as a volunteer attorney in free naturalization, DACA and Know-Your-Rights workshops.

Luis is fluent in Spanish and as an immigrant from Mexico, understands the many challenges that immigrants and their families face and can provide a unique perspective on complex immigration issues. Luis takes pride in helping families with their immigration matters and his goal is to provide exceptional client-oriented service to all his clients and their families on immigration matters.

Hon. Monica Herranz

Monica Herranz is a Circuit Court Judge Pro Tem and Referee in Multnomah County.  Herranz became President of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association in March 2015 and Co-President in March 2016.  Herranz earned degrees at the University of Oregon Law School and the University of Georgia.  While in Law School, Herranz worked for Legal Aid and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  After graduation, she worked in private practice in Roseburg, Oregon for Dole, Coalwell and Clark and as a Deputy District Attorney for Clackamas County.  Herranz was a representative on the Oregon State Bar Affirmative Action Committee as a law student and as a lawyer.  She also previously served for many years as an Administrative Law Judge for the Office of Administrative Hearings.

Hon. Ramon Pagan
Hon. Ramon Pagan
rpagan@outlook.com
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Hon. Ramon Pagan

Samuel Hernandez

Samuel Hernandez is the President of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association and an associate in the Portland office of global law firm K&L Gates. He focuses his practice in the defense of employers against claims filed by prospective, current, or former employees for allegation of discrimination, harassment, constructive or wrongful discharge, retaliation, and wage and hour violations in both Oregon state and federal courts, including class action litigation. Additionally, Sam maintains a commercial litigation practice and regularly represents clients in state and federal court. Sam was named a 2017 Super Lawyers Employment & Labor “Rising Star,” received a Rising Litigator Award in 2014 from the Oregon State Bar Litigation Section, and earned a Leadership Award in 2014 from the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce for his service as a board member since 2012.

Silvia Tanner

Silvia Tanner is Staff Counsel for Renewable Northwest, where she focuses her practice on state and federal regulatory and rulemaking proceedings and provides advice on legislative policy development. Silvia calls the Pacific Northwest home and dedicates a lot of her time to this community. As a student, she assisted low-income clients in areas like landlord tenant and business law. She has also assisted asylum-seeker women and children in federal detention, and serves on the Oregon Women Lawyers’ Working Parents Committee, on the Executive Committee of the Energy, Telecom & Utility Law Section of the Oregon State Bar, and on the board of the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association. Silvia is also a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters and through Lewis & Clark Law mentoring program. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and running.