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P.O. Box 1076

Las Vegas, NV 94158

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Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Status Pending

© 2019 Las Vegas Latino Bar Association

Marisa Rodriguez, President

Marisa is a Member in Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial's (WWHGD) nationally-recognized litigation group. Her practice focuses in all phases of complex commercial litigation, premises liability, products liability, catastrophic injury, and healthcare law. Prior to joining WWHGD, Marisa served as a judicial law clerk for the late Honorable Susan Scann of the Eighth Judicial District Court in Clark County. She received both her B.S. and J.D. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV.

Marisa was named a Top Attorney Under 40 by the Hispanic National Bar Association. She has also been recognized by Nevada Business Magazine as one of Southern Nevada Legal Elite consecutively since 2016.

Mayra Salinas-Menjivar,

President-Elect

Mayra is an attorney at the Las Vegas office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP (LBBS), a national, general practice law firm with approximately 1,400 attorneys across the United States. Prior to joining LBBS, Mayra served as the first University Legal Services Fellow providing legal services in immigration to the university community at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She graduated from the William S. Boyd School of Law in 2017, where she served as a student attorney in the Immigration Clinic handling complex asylum, bond and deportation defense litigation in three states. Mayra was a member of the ABA's Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Council, and was a Circuit Governor for the ABA Law Student Division’s 14th Circuit. Mayra is a proud Salvadoran-Nevadan who graduated from UNLV with a BSBA in Finance. 

Rob Telles,

Immediate Past President

Rob was elected the Public Administrator of Clark County. In that position he oversees the administration of the estates of persons deceased in Clark County who have no qualified person willing or able to administer. Before assuming that position in January 2019, Robe was the founding attorney of his law firm. He has been a Las Vegas resident for 15 years. He is married and a father of three wonderful children. He is a graduate of UNLV’s Boyd School of Law. Rob has served on a multitude of boards and committees that work to the betterment of the community.

Cristina Silva,

Vice President of Finance

Cristina is a judge with the Eighth Judicial District Court of Clark County, Nevada. She previously served as the Chief of the Criminal Division for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada, the first woman and Latina to hold that position. Prior to living in Las Vegas, she was a state prosecutor in Miami-Dade County, and previously interned for a judge on the DC Court of Appeals. Cristina earned her law degree from the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC, and her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College. Cristina enjoys running, traveling, hiking, enjoying the many restaurants located in Las Vegas, taking care of her two rescue poodles, reading fiction novels, and going to the movies.

Briana Martinez,

Vice President of Communications

Briana was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and her Juris Doctor from William S. Boyd School of Law in 2018. While in law school, Briana served as the President and Treasurer of La Voz and on the board of other student associations. She also was the business editor for the Nevada Law Journal. In addition, Briana was a student attorney at the UNLV Immigration Clinic. Briana is involved as a mentor with the Huellas Mentoring Program through La Voz. She is currently a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Joe Hardy Jr. of the Eighth Judicial District Court. 

Martha Menendez,

Vice President of Membership

Martha works as the volunteer coordinator for Nevada Legal Services,. She is originally from Miami Florida.

Enrique R. Acuña,

Director at Large

Enrique serves the public in the areas of consumer bankruptcy, criminal law, and family law for the firm of Hamilton Law. Enrique graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. While in law school, Enrique was the managing editor of the Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender. Enrique expanded his skill set by studying abroad, working in clinics in Prosecutor Practicum, Labor and Employment law, and International Litigation. Enrique earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Video Production at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In his free time Enrique enjoys traveling, listening to podcasts, and playing music.

Claudia Aguayo,

Director at Large

Claudia Aguayo is the Assistant City Attorney for the City of North Las Vegas, where she has worked since 2004. She supervises both the Civil and Criminal Divisions of the City Attorney's Office. Her areas of practice include: government administration; labor and employment law; criminal law; contract law; constitutional law; public records law; open meeting law; policy analysis; and public safety administration. She has been recognized by Nevada Business Magazine as one of the Top Attorneys in Nevada.  Claudia earned her law degree from the University of California, Davis King Hall School of Law. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.  Claudia has previously worked as a Deputy District Attorney in the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office and as an adjunct professor at the College of Southern Nevada.  Claudia grew up in downtown Las Vegas, where she currently resides with her husband and two children.  Her hobbies include music and travel. Claudia is fluent in Spanish.

Charles Cano,

Director at Large

A graduate of the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, Charlie has dedicated himself to the defense of indigent defendants as counsel with the Clark County Special Public Defender. A founder of the Latino Bar Association, Charles as exhibited a long-standing dedication to the organization and its cause. Charles’ involvement in the organization has been instrumental in ensuring the success of the LBA. The LBA owes Charles a huge debt of gratitude for his selfless service.

Edgar Carranza,

Director at Large

Edgar is a shareholder with Backus, Carranza & Burden and has been a member since its inception in 1997.  Mr. Carranza is an AV rated attorney representing individuals, domestic corporations and foreign corporations in a variety of legal matters. Mr. Carranza is involved as a mentor with the award winning Huellas Mentoring Program through the UNLV Boyd School of Law.  He also volunteers and supports many community organizations including the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (NPHY). Mr. Carranza speaks, reads and writes Spanish fluently and has had occasion to represent Spanish speaking business owners and clients.

Andrea Gandara,

Director at Large

Andrea is an associate attorney at Holley Driggs Walch Fine Puzey Stein & Thompson and advises clients regarding bankruptcy and commercial litigation matters. She is a graduate of the William S. Boyd School, University of Nevada - Las Vegas, and San Diego State University.

Tony Lopez,

Director at Large

Tony works as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the criminal division of the office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada.  

Romeo Perez,

Director at Large

Upon graduating from Texas Southern University, Romeo opened his law firm in 1998 and practiced in Texas until 2004. In December 2004, he relocated his family to live in Las Vegas full time. Romeo works to insure that his clients feel comfortable while going through the litigation process, and confident in their representation. It is Perez’s philosophy that although knowing law is important, understanding people is essential to effective legal representation. Because of this attitude, his extensive experience, and his personal business practices, Romeo has earned professional recognition and praise in his community.

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