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The purpose of the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington is to represent the concerns and goals of Latino attorneys and Latino people of the State of Washington. To do so, we encourage and promote the active participation of all Latino attorneys and seek the involvement of Latino community, political, governmental, educational, and business leaders.

Efforts are made to encourage and assist Latino students and to recognize the needs and voice the concerns of Latino people and their communities. LBAW recognizes the importance of promoting Latino judicial appointments, encouraging respect for the integrity of the judicial system, and advocating for fairness and equality.

Further, it is our goal to become a unified and active participant within the legal community of the State of Washington and assist in providing solutions to the problems that confront our legal system and communities.


President: Verónica Quiñónez

Verónica Quiñónez is the owner of Veronica Quinonez Law, PLLC. Her practice focuses on providing legal representation and mediation services in the area of family law. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from Seattle University School of Law, and her undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at El Paso. Verónica is also a 2017 graduate of the UW Law Washington Leadership Institute. She has previously served as LBAW’s President-Elect and Director of Clinics, and currently serves as the Deputy President of Programs for Region XVI of the Hispanic National Bar Association. During her free time, Verónica enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, cooking, traveling, and volunteering.

Immediate Past-President: Aimée Sutton

Aimée Sutton has been on the LBAW Board for four years. She has served the important work LBAW does in and for the Latino community as co-chair of the Judicial Evaluations Committee (JEC), President-Elect, and President. She is excited to continue to serve on the board as Immediate Past President. Her day job is as a criminal defense attorney at the Marshall Defense Firm. She is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, Aimée was a member of the Washington Law Review and served as its Associate Editor in Chief. Her undergraduate degree is from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. A Seattle native, she is also a graduate of Garfield High School in Seattle. Aimée has lived and traveled extensively in Latin America and is fluent in Spanish.

President-Elect: Debbie Akhbari

Debbie Ahkbari is a commercial litigator with the Seattle law firm Helsell Fetterman LLP. Debbie represents both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial disputes, property disputes, insurance coverage and personal injury actions. In addition to serving on the Board of LBAW, she is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, King County Bar Association, American Bar Association, Washington Women Lawyers, and the Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington. Debbie also serves as the co-chair for the Puget Sound Lawyers Chapter of the American Constitution Society. An alumna of Seattle University School of Law, Debbie mentors law students and is a member of the law school’s Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) steering committee.

Director of Legal Clinics: Zaida Rivera

Zaida Rivera is a Pro Bono Coordinating Attorney- Microsoft Liaison in the Seattle Office of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND). She recruits and mentors attorneys and volunteers to represent unaccompanied children in immigration proceedings. Zaida previously served as the DACA Attorney for Northwest Immigrant Rights Project’s Seattle Office. Her work focuses on representing undocumented youth and unaccompanied minors with affirmative applications and in deportation proceedings. Zaida was born in Mexico and emigrated to the United States at 3 years old. Besides practicing law and coordinating legal clinics, she is passionate about inspiring youth to pursue a higher education. Zaida is an LBAW scholarship recipient and has served on the LBAW Board for four years.

Treasurer: Tyler Santiago

Tyler is a partner at Anderson Santiago PLLC where his practice focuses on protecting consumers from unfair and deceptive business practices, especially that of debt collectors. Prior to establishing his current firm, Tyler spent several years in different roles at prosecutor’s offices in Washington and Alaska. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his wife and four children, exploring all that Washington has to offer.

Secretary: Mina Shahin

Mina Shahin is an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the WA Attorney General. Mina graduated with honors from Seattle University School of Law, and was the inaugural recipient of the Justice Mary E. Fairhurst Public Interest Law Foundation Grant for her work at the Northwest Justice Project, providing assistance to indigent tenants facing eviction.

VP of Programs and Membership: Jonathon Nichols

Jonathan is an Assistant Attorney General with the Washington Attorney General’s Office where he currently serves in the SHS Division managing a child welfare caseload. He is part of the Diversity Advisory Committee and active in the LGBTQ affinity group. Jonathan earned his JD at Seattle University School of Law, and his BA from New Mexico State University.  In addition to LBAW, Jonathan is a member of the King County Bar Association and QLAW.  A native of El Paso, TX, Jonathan is proud to call the Puget Sound region his home, and is always looking for ways to blend the amazing cuisines from the two regions.

Vice President of Communications: Jean Kang

Jean is a litigator at Smith Freed Eberhard, handling complex litigation suits. Prior to civil work, Jean served as a criminal deputy prosecuting attorney in King County. In September 2017, Jean was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors as an At-Large Governor. She is on the state board for Washington Women Lawyers and serves as an arbitrator in King County. Jean was a member of the 2017 class of the Washington Leadership Institute and currently serves as an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law. Jean graduated from Seattle University School of Law and University of Washington.

Vice President of Social and Banquet Planning: Linda Lowry

Linda is the co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at DSA Solutions. In her role as CMO at DSA, Linda provides strategic marketing, sales relationship consultation, and tactical business development, with a focus on the technology sector, creative arts, and life sciences community. Linda’s active participation on numerous advisory boards and committees that demonstrate her love of the arts and community involvement. Linda remains active in the greater Seattle community as evident by her volunteer efforts with the following organizations: Columbia Tower Club (Board of Governors, Chair of Art Committee), Arts Unlimited (Vice President), Center for Ethical Leadership (Board Member), Encanto (Committee Member), Goodwill Glitter Gala (Committee Member), St. Jude Singers & Songwriters (Committee Member), and TedX-Seattle (Committee Member). Lina also serves on the advisory board for PartnerTap and Leadership Board of Women-in-Cloud (WIC).

Co-Vice President of Eastern Washington: Vanessa Arno Martinez

Vanessa was born and raised in Alaska. She graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2013 and was admitted to practice law the same year. Vanessa has been practicing immigration law ever since. She has focused on representing survivors of violence in rural eastern Washington. Vanessa represents minors and adult immigrant survivors of violence affirmatively, before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and defensively, before the immigration court and the Board of Immigration Appeals. Vanessa previously served on the LBAW board in the role of secretary.

Co-Vice President of Eastern Washington: Gloria Ochoa-Bruck

Gloria currently serves as Director of Local Government and Multi-Cultural Affairs for the City of Spokane. Gloria commenced her legal career as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Benton County and then transitioned into private practice. Gloria held a judicial services contract with the Spokane Tribe of Indians and served as Chief Judge for Spokane Tribal Court. Gloria serves on the board for the Washington State Bar Association Lawyer’s Fund for Client Protection Board and will begin her first term as an At-Large Board member for the WSBA Civil Rights Section September, 2018. Gloria was elected as a Trustee for the Spokane County Bar Association. Gloria is a founding member of the Latino Hope Foundation and serves as the Immediate Past President. Gloria serves on the Board of Directors for Numerica Credit Union, Washington State YMCA Youth and Government, Empire Health Foundation, Family Impact Network, and the Spokane County Human Rights Task Force. She was recognized by the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington with the 2015 Modelo de Excelencia/Model of Excellence Award. Gloria was recognized by Leadership Spokane and awarded the 2016 Alum Lifetime Achievement Award.


Vice President of Development: Malou Chavez

Malou Chavez serves as Vice President of Development (2018-2019). She is a past recipient of LBAW’s President Award and a LBAWSF Scholarship Recipient. Malou is Deputy Director at Northwest Immigrant Rights Project and she is a staff attorney in the Family Services Unit in Seattle, where she directly represents people in family-based visa petitions and defends people in removal proceedings. Her prior work at NWIRP, in Moses Lake and Wenatchee, focused primarily on representing survivors of violence in rural eastern Washington obtain immigration relief.

Vice President of Judicial Evaluations (Co-Chair): Andres Muñoz

Andrés Muñoz practices in the areas of criminal defense, dependency, estate planning, family, and education law at Carey & Lillevik, PLLC. His practice focuses primarily on advocating for youth and families. Prior to this, Andrés served as the inaugural Frances Perkins Fellow at the Unemployment Law Project. There, he helped many people gain their unemployment benefits at the administrative, trial, and appellate court levels. Outside of work, Andrés enjoys spending time with family, cooking, bouldering, and playing electric guitar.

Vice President of Judicial Evaluations (Co-Chair): Jenna Labourr

Jenna M. Labourr is a native Seattleite. During college at PLU, Jenna developed a passion for sexual assault and domestic violence victim advocacy and decided to pursue a legal education. Upon returning to Seattle after attending law school in Boston at New England Law | Boston, Jenna opened her own law practice, focusing on Workers’ Compensation and Motor Vehicle Collisions. In 2013, Jenna met Young-Ji and, together, they formed Washington Injury Lawyers, PLLC, a Personal Injury and Employment Discrimination law firm. Jenna is an Eagle member of the Washington State Association for Justice and an active member of the Latina/o Bar Association of Washington.

Past Presidents

2018 | Veronica Quinonez
2017 | Aimee Sutton
2016 | David Perez
2015 | Chach Duarte White
2014 | David Mendoza
2013 | Emily Gonzalez
2012 | Jennifer Sheffield
2011 | Fe Lopez
2010 | Patricia Lally
2009 | Nicole McGrath
2008 | Ciarelle Valdez
2007 | M. Lorena Gonzalez
2006 | Brenda Williams
2005 | Cristobal J. Alex
2004 | Cristobal J. Alex
2003 | Fred Rivera
2002 |
2001 | Lisa Castanon