Board of Directors
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.
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.
Raul A. Escatel
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.
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.
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.
VP of Communications
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.
vp of membership
Miguel Saldaña is an Associate Attorney in the San Francisco office of Gordon & Rees. His focus is on Bankruptcy and Commercial Litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Miguel was a Law Clerk for the Honorable William J. Lafferty III in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of 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. While at BC, Miguel was the President of the Latin American Law Students Association and volunteered with several organizations that assisted low-income individuals.
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.
Maria Elena Lopez Evangelista
Director At Large
Maria Elena Lopez Evangelista is a felony litigation and trial attorney at the San Francisco Public Defender's Office where she has worked for the last 14 years. She has tried over 50 criminal cases before San Francisco juries and has worked in the City's Collaborative Courts including its Veteran and Drug Courts.
Maria is a San Francisco native whose parents immigrated from Jalisco, Mexico to work as migrant farm workers in California. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from San Francisco State University as the Political Science Department honoree, a Robert C. Corrigan Fellow, Senator Robert C. Byrd Scholar and Phi Betta Kappa in 1997.
She clerked at the San Francisco District Attorney's Office for 3 years as a public policy intern during the Hallinan Administration and received a full scholarship to serve as an Assembly Fellow for Assemblymember Tony Cardenas in Sacramento before working as Public Affair's Liason at Lasa, Monroig & Veve in Washington, D.C.
Maria received her J.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2000. She was a summer associate in both the Nashville, TN and Washington, D.C. offices of Baker, Donelson, Bearman and Caldwell.
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.
Robert S. Sandoval
Director at Large
Robert Sandoval is a Deputy Attorney General at the California Department of Justice where he practices in the Civil Division of the San Francisco Office.
He graduated with a B.A. from Occidental College, in his native Los Angeles, California, and with a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. While at UChicago, Robert served as Executive Comments Editor of the Legal Forum and President of the Latino/a Law Students Association. He was also a 1L Women and Minority Trial Lawyer Fellow at Susman Godfrey LLP, and a summer clerk at the U.S. Attorney’s Office – Central District of California, and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
In his spare time, Robert enjoys boxing, running in San Francisco, and eating great food with friends and family.
Michael A. Troncoso
Director at Large
Mr. Troncoso is Managing Counsel for Health Law at the University of California, where he advises business and technical leaders in the UC system’s five medical centers, ten hospitals, and world-leading biomedical research enterprise. He focuses on complex health care and technology matters, both transactional and regulatory and has special expertise in government investigations, health care litigation, antitrust, and joint ventures, especially ventures involving emerging technologies. He is the University’s principal counsel for cybersecurity and technology risk, advising on incident response, security risk assessments and audits, and resilience planning.
Michael has been honored as California Lawyer Attorney of the Year and one of the "Top 20" lawyers under age 40 in California. Prior to joining UC, he served as chief counsel and chief of public policy in the California Attorney General's office, where he negotiated a historic $20 billion consumer settlement with the nation’s largest banks, the largest consumer recovery in California history. He has also served as a litigator at two large law firms and the chief attorney for the UC Santa Cruz campus. He is a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association and the American Health Lawyers Association, where he regularly serves as a conference faculty member.
Mercedes U. Moreno
Honorable Cruz Reynoso
David A. Carrillo
Honorable Daniel A. Flores
Arturo J. Gonzalez
Sigrid Irias Charles Jung