San Francisco La Raza Lawyers

Members

 

Board of Directors

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Edgar Quezada

President

Edgar J. Quezada is an Associate with Hanna Brophy's Oakland Office where his practice focuses on Workers Compensation defense of public entities and insurance companies. He has previous experience in the fields of Employment, Intellectual Property, and Business litigation.  

Edgar has been an active member with the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers since 2010 when he joined as a law student representative.  During his time in law school, Edgar also served as the La Raza Law Student Association President at the Golden Gate University School of Law and served as the President for the Student Bar Association from 2012 through 2013. 

 

Laura Hurtado

President-Elect

Laura Hurtado is a senior associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in San Francisco.  Her practice focuses on securities and antitrust matters and white-collar criminal defense.  Prior to joining Pillsbury, Ms. Hurtado served as a law clerk to the Honorable William Alsup, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.  Ms. Hurtado spent two years as an attorney at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights focusing on homeless and immigrants’ rights litigation and policy advocacy.  She co-chairs the Scholarship Committee for the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association and is a member of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers – Leadership Development Committee.

Ms. Hurtado graduated from Stanford Law School in 2009 and earned her bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 2004.  While in law school, Ms. Hurtado was a member of the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and worked as a legal intern for the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project. Before law school, she spent two years as a paralegal in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

 

Raul A. Escatel

General Counsel

Raul A. Escatel is founder and principal of Escatel Tax Law, a boutique law firm with extensive experience across a wide array of federal taxes (income, employment, excise, estate and gift) and state taxes (sales, income, gross receipt and property).  Raul assists businesses and individuals plan for and around these taxes. Raul also provides representation before the Internal Revenue Service, as well as state and local tax authorities in administrative and judicial proceedings.   In addition, Raul assists clients of diverse backgrounds with all their estate planning needs, including wills and trusts, business succession planning, asset protection and trust administration.  

Prior to serving as General Counsel, Raul served for three years as San Francisco La Raza Lawyer’s Vice President of Finance.  Raul currently serves as General Counsel for Latinos in Finance and is a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association. Raul received an advanced masters degree in tax law (LL.M) from Boston University School of Law and his law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law with a concentration in taxation.  

 

Josue Fuentes

Immediate Past-President

Josue R. Fuentes is a Deputy District Attorney with the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.  He is currently assigned to the Community Prosecution Unit where he works to prevent crime and build trust between the community and law enforcement in areas of San Jose primarily consisting of recent immigrants from Latin America.  In these efforts he works to educate the community on the importance of civic engagement by practicing the values of the Broken Windows Theory to organize community clean-ups, night safety walks, and community gathering in public spaces conducive to crime. In collaboration with city agencies and non-profit organizations, he conducts gang abatement presentations to uninformed residents and mentors at-risk youth.  He helped establish a multi-agency technical team to address and combat prostitution in the community.  Josue also initiated an immigration fraud awareness and education program where he works with non-profit organizations to engage and educate the community on immigration fraud and other consumer protection issues.

Josue served the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers as a board member since 2007 when he joined as a law student representative.  During his time in law school, Josue also served as the La Raza Law Student Association President at the University of San Francisco School of Law and served as the National President for the Hispanic National Bar Association.

 

Anderson Franco

VP of Finance

Anderson Franco is an associate attorney at de la Peña & Holiday, where he practices general civil defense litigation, including landlord/tenant disputes, personal injury, and premise liability. In this capacity, he has represented a range of businesses, including apartment complexes, hotels, and small businesses.

He graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law in 2013, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Berkeley Business Law Journal. Before law school, he attended UC Berkeley.

In his free time, Anderson enjoys playing tennis and cheering on Cal sports.

 
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Julian Sanchez

VP of Membership

Julian Sanchez is an immigration attorney at The Law Office of Thipphavone Ark and at Immigrant Crime and Justice, APC. Julian’s practice focuses on family-based immigration, asylum, removal defense and naturalization. Julian also focuses on assisting foreign nationals to seek post-conviction relief in criminal court as well as avoid immigration consequences in pending criminal matters before state superior courts.

Julian earned his B.S. in Sociology from the California State University, Sacramento, and his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

 

Gabriela Garcia Amandi

Director at Large

Gabriela Garcia Amandi is a board member of SFLRLA inspired by her Latino background and her passion to help people. She is a California and Mexican attorney who has worked both as in-house lawyer (from start-ups to large corporations) and law firm attorney.

Gabriela has expertise in international commercial and corporate law. She enjoys working in the intersection of law, business and technology. She also has had U.S. and international litigation involvement and extensive experience coordinating outside counsel throughout the U.S. and in other countries.

In her free time, she loves to practice pilates, traveling and food. She also likes hanging out with friends and family, and meeting new people.

 

Jacqueline Layne

Director at Large

Jacqueline currently works as a Benefits Advisor with the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration. She specializes in federal laws and regulations regarding employee benefits, including ERISA, ACA, COBRA, and the various other laws enforced by the agency. She has previously worked for Legal Aid of Sonoma County, and the Family Violence Law Center, as well as a Deputy District Attorney for Sacramento County. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and watching Game of Thrones.

 
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Claudia Lucatero

Director At Large

Claudia Lucatero is an Attorney Advisor for the Social Security Administration. Her primary job function is to draft policy compliant decisions for Administrative Law Judges who adjudicate Title II and Title XVI cases under the Social Security Act.

Prior to her federal service, Claudia was a deportation defense attorney representing clients facing removal proceedings before the U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office of Immigration Review. While in private practice, she worked on asylums, U-visas, adjustment of status petitions, special immigrant juvenile visas, and naturalizations.

Claudia obtained her law degree at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she served as president of the La Raza Law Students Association. As a law student, she interned for Legal Services for Children and for the Office of the Public Defender in Stanislaus and Contra Costa County. She completed her undergraduate studies in New York City at Barnard College, Columbia University. During her free time, she enjoys Zumba and providing pro bono legal services to her community.

 

Pamela Talledo Lujan

Director at Large

Pamela Talledo Lujan is Corporate Counsel at Oportun, Inc., a financial technology company based in Redwood City, California, where she focuses her practice on corporate and securities law. Prior to joining Oportun, Pamela worked as an associate attorney for Ropers, Majeski Kohn & Bentley PC representing startups and technology companies in corporate matters.  Pamela also practiced in Houston, Texas, where she served as in-house counsel for an energy trading company. During law school, she interned at PlayStation and at a travel technology startup in San Francisco where she focused on intellectual property and business matters. In addition, she served on her law school's Latino law students association and volunteered at various legal clinics throughout the Bay Area.

As a native Spanish speaker born and raised in Peru and Venezuela, Pamela has been very involved with the Latin American community in the San Francisco Bay Area and seeks to continue building ties in the community by serving on the Board of the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association as well as being involved with the Hispanic National Bar Association.  In her spare time, Pamela enjoys spending time with her family, practicing yoga, spinning, and cooking.

 
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Ray Manzo

Director at Large

Ray Manzo is a Development & Communications Officer at California Rural Legal Assistance Inc., a statewide legal aid. He heads their communication department, and involved in their fundraising and planning. Mr. Manzo has also worked for the San Francisco Department of Human Resources, and California Lawyers for the Arts.

Mr. Manzo graduated from the University of San Francisco Law School in 2012 and earned his bachelor’s degree from CSU East Bay in 2016.  While in law school, Mr. Manzo was a legal intern and clerk for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, and the San Francisco Mayor’s Office.

Mr. Manzo is a huge Orson Welles fan and is also known for falsely claiming to have not cried while watching Inside Out.

 

Aurelio J. Pérez

Director at Large

Aurelio J. Pérez is proud to serve as a board member of the SFLRLA and views his service as an opportunity to help other attorneys and lawyers enjoy the same opportunities that have allowed him to succeed as a lawyer.

Aurelio is a shareholder at Littler Mendelson’s San Francisco office, where he advises and represents employers ranging from start-ups to global corporations in a broad range of labor and employment matters arising under state and federal law.

When he’s not practicing law or supporting SFLRLA’s goals, he enjoys traveling with his wife (also an attorney of color) both within and outside the Bay Area.

 

Miguel Saldaña

Director at Large

Miguel Saldaña is currently serving in his second year as a Term Law Clerk for the Honorable William J. Lafferty III in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California.  Prior to clerking, Miguel practiced corporate bankruptcy law at a boutique law firm in Southern California. 

Miguel earned his B.A. from Occidental College, which is located in his hometown of Los Angeles, CA.  After a few years as a middle school teacher with Teach For America and later as a paralegal at a small law firm, Miguel attended Boston College Law School for his J.D. degree.  While at BC, Miguel was the President of the Latin American Law Students Association and volunteered with several organizations that assisted low-income individuals.  Miguel is excited to be back in sunny California and looks forward to working alongside the members of the Executive Board for 2017.

 
 

Lifetime Members

Susan Lew
Mercedes U. Moreno
Honorable Cruz Reynoso
Sonja Sonnenburg
Lidia Stiglich
Josue Fuentes
Alice McTighe

David A. Carrillo
Frank Fernandez
Honorable Daniel A. Flores
Sergio Garcia
Arturo J. Gonzalez
Max Gutierrez
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