ASSOCIATION OF LATINO MARIN ATTORNEYS

About

ALMA was founded in 2013 as a non-profit unincorporated association of Marin attorneys. ALMA is dedicated to mentoring Latino students, facilitating pro bono services to needy Latino communities in Marin, and supporting the cultural values, economic interests and social dignity of the Latino community.

Mentorship

The ALMA Mentoring Program matches Bay Area Latino law school students with attorneys who provide consistent support, guidance and concrete help on a one-to-one basis to help mentees successfully navigate through law school and to secure their place in the legal profession.

Get Involved!

ALMA provides attorneys with a number of opportunities to network, engage in advocacy, and give back to their communities. To become a member, please contact Antonio Cortes at acortes@smithdollar.com

Board of Directors

John Cuerva

John Cuerva

President

John Cuerva’s practice focuses on family law, estate planning, and civil litigation. Prior to founding Allingham & Cuerva, Mr. Cuerva clerked for the Office of the Marin County Counsel. Mr. Cuerva has a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a J.D. from USF Law.

Daniel Rossi

Daniel Rossi

Vice-President
Marie Barnes

Marie Barnes

Treasurer

Marie has a private practice in San Rafael dedicated to Criminal Defense and Family Law. In the area of Family Law she focuses on child custody and matters involving domestic violence. She is the daughter of Nicaraguan immigrants and is fluent in Spanish. She received her Bachelors degree from Sonoma State University in Political Science and Psychology and received her Juris Doctorate from Western Michigan University, Thomas Cooley Law School. In her spare time she volunteers for various organizations that provide legal services to the community.

Matthew White

Matthew White

Secretary
Catalina Lozano

Catalina Lozano

ALMA Past-President, Mentorship Committee

Catalina Lozano has a private practice in Marin County and is an adjunct professor at U.C. Hastings College of the Law. Ms. Lozano received an M.B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and a J.D. from U.C. Hastings through Hastings' Joint Degree Program. In 2014. she was a recipient of the U.C. Hastings La Raza Law Students Association Alumni of the Year.

Jose Varela

Jose Varela

Director

Jose is the Marin County Public Defender and an active member of the Marin legal community. Jose is a graduate of St. Mary's College and Boalt Hall. He actively mentors students through the College of Marin Puente program and often speaks at community events. He also sits on the Marin County Bar Association's Judicial Evaluation Committee

Aldo Mercado

Aldo Mercado

Director

Aldo Mercado is a partner at the Boss Law Firm where he handles various title, escrow and litigation related issues. He holds a bachelor degree from UC Santa Cruz where he was appointed class commencement speaker and obtained his J.D. from USF where he served as co-chair of the La Raza Student Association.

Patricia Medina

Patricia Medina

Director

Patricia Medina handles business law, real estate, and commercial litigation matters for Collins Law Corporation in Larkspur. Ms. Medina has also practiced in Dallas and was a litigation partner with a large San Francisco law firm. In addition to her position with ALMA, Ms. Medina serves on the Board of Directors for the Marin County Bar Association. Ms. Medina’s parents immigrated to the United States from Ecuador, and she grew up in Oklahoma. She graduated with honors from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and received her law degree from New York University’s School of Law.

Leonor Noguez

Leonor Noguez

Director

Leonor Noguez is a Commissioner on the Marin County Personnel Commission.Prior to her appointment to the Commission, she served as a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco. Ms. Noguez is a native San Franciscan and the daughter of Mexican immigrant parents. She received both her B.A and her J.D. from U.S.F.