Orange County Hispanic Bar Association



Vol. 2014,
No. 06

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June 2014

President's Message     

By: Diana Lopez, HBA President   


It has been an exciting start of summer for the HBA! We celebrated 5 De Mayo at our annual De Barranda/Bar Review at Proof Bar in Downtown Santa Ana - click below for pictures of this fun event.
Cinco de Mayo
We also joined forces with our fellows at the Jewish Bar Association and Anti-Defamation League for a joint Bar Review - click below for pictures.
JBA and ADL MixerThank you for joining us if you did, and if you didn't we have two more events coming up you won't want to miss - the End of Summer Mixer in August and Judge's BBQ in September - please send in your nominations for Judge of the Year to

We also had a much needed vacation/CLE trip to beautiful Belize. It was a wonderful trip - thanks in large part to my wonderful Co-Chair, Past President, Monica Lukoschek. Here's a peek of a few of the pictures from Belize: 

Don't miss next year's trip to ????? If you'd like us to consider a destination - please email us at


Meet the OC HBA Board Super Lawyers!

The HBA is very proud of its four Board Members who made the Super Lawyers Rising Stars.

Diana Lopez, President
Diana is in her fifth year of practice in civil litigation, including Labor & Employment and Personal Injury. She is a 2009 Graduate of Chapman University School of Law and a 2008 Wally Davis Scholar. Diana has served on the HBA Board since 2010. Diana is a solo practitioner at Lopez Law Corporation.

Rafael Nendel-Flores, President-Elect
Rafael is a Partner at the Orange County office of Ogletree Deakins where he is a Labor & Employment litigator. This is the fourth year in a row he is selected as a Rising Star! Rafael obtained his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Stanford University in just three years. While in law school, Rafael was Articles Editor for the George Washington Law Review and a Dean's Fellow. Rafael's practice focuses on advising and defending employers in complex litigation matters including wage-hour class actions, appellate litigation and employment tax controversies.

Jose Gonzalez, Past President and Board Member
José Gonzalez is a partner with the Santa Ana firm of Berman More Gonzalez specializing in workers' compensation and personal injury cases. The son of Mexican immigrants, José, with hard work and dedication, put himself through law school while working full time at his present firm. He began working for his firm 19 years ago as a part time file clerk, literally going from the mailroom to the boardroom. Together with his partner, Keith More, they continue over 20 years of excellence in representing injured consumers and workers in Orange County.

Darrell White, Board Member
Darrell White is an attorney with Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, where his practice focuses on financial services litigation.  Prior to joining the firm, Mr. White worked at the Santa Ana based law firm Hart, King & Coldren, where he represented mobile home park owners in all aspects of manufactured housing operation and litigation.

Mr. White is a proud Southern California native and lives with his wife Morgan in Newport Beach.  Mr. White is also an active member of Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church.  Mr. White grew up in a multi-cultural family of Mexican and Greek decent.
The HBA congratulates Justice Moreno (Ret.) on his Appointment as Ambassador of the United States to Belize!

Justice Moreno, a long-time friend of the HBA, has received our Lifetime Achievement Award and has regularly joined us on our annual CLE trips.
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Community Calendar & News
'Community Calendar & News' is a courtesy bulletin board service provided by the HBA to its community partners.  The posters of these bulletins, not the HBA, are solely responsible for their content.  Unless otherwise noted, by publishing these billboard posts, the HBA does not endorse the views, services, products, causes, or candidates referenced therein.
The HBA Is Taking Nominations For Its Annual Judges BBQ Honoree!

Submit Your Nomination Today!  

If you know of a Judge that deserves to be recognized for the work he or she does in his or her community, please let us know by emailing us at

Please include the Judge's full name and the reasons for your nomination.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at  

Nominations close on June 20, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.
ADL's Annual Supreme Court Review Live Web Stream Event
Tuesday, July 8 at 8:45am
Knobbe Martens, 2040 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614


Join distinguished legal scholars Erwin Chemerinsky and Frederick Lawrence, together with ADL's Civil Rights Director Deborah Lauter, on July 8, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. EDT as they discuss the most important Supreme Court cases of the term, including clashes between the First Amendment and reproductive rights, prayer before legislative meetings, and state bans on affirmative action. As we commemorate the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, Dean Chemerinsky and President Lawrence will also analyze the legacy of the landmark Supreme Court ruling that desegregated public schools.


The event, to be held at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, will be live-streamed across the country from this site. ADL is an accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) provider in California, New York and Texas.


More Information

Response required by July 1 to Judy Feldman at or (949) 679-3772.
US-Mexico Bar Association & Bryan Cave LLP Complimentary CLE Luncheon
Thursday, July 24 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Bryan Cave LLP, 3161 Michelson Drive, Suite 1500, Irvine, CA 92612


Please join the U.S.-Mexico Bar Association and Bryan Cave LLP for a complimentary luncheon and CLE presentation on real estate investments in Mexico. All attendees will qualify for 1.0 hour of California CLE. For more information or to RSVP, please see the invitation or contact Mackie Wood at or (310) 576-2346.
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A veteran with prior combat service and a service-connected disability is in need of help reinstating his drivers' license. Please email if you can help!
Pro-Bono Opportunities for Attorneys
View all current pro-bono opportunities here >
Public Law Center Volunteer Opportunities
PLC is here to support you in your pro bono representation.

Did you know that the PLC staff can:

  • Answer any questions you may have related to your case;
  • Locate a mentor to help you;
  • Supply you with samples and manuals (some case types excluded);
  • Provide translation support in Spanish and Vietnamese; and
  • Arrange for office space for you to meet with your client here at PLC?

 For questions contact: Kirsten Kreymann @ 714.541.1010, extension 283

View the current PLC case list
Professional Woman Volunteers Sought for Mary's Shelter in Tustin, CA
Mary's Shelter is a home for pregnant moms and moms who have children. The moms are all under the age of 18. Duties could include anything from caring for babies to mentoring teen moms. Hispanic professional women are strongly encouraged to volunteer. For more information, please visit
Job Opportunities for Attorneys - New Opportunities Posted!
View current job opportunities for OC HBA members here >
2014 Sponsors

Duarte & Associates

Advanced Discovery / Advanced Depositions
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Sayre & Levitt, LLP
So Cal Edison
Union Bank
US Bank

Aitken Aitken Cohn
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Berman More Gonzalez
Judicate West
Malcolm & Cisneros
Panish Shea & Boyle LLP
Valencia & Associates APC
weintraub | tobin
Western State College of Law

Best Best & Krieger LLP
Fisher & Phillips
Fontes | Figueroa Law Group, APC
Garcia Sullivan & Lopez LLP
Lopez Law Corporation
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Snell & Wilmer
Whittier Law School

Special Sponsors
Hunt Ortmann Palffy Nieves Darling & Mah, Inc.

JAMS, Inc.
Jose González
Matles Insurance Agency, Inc.
Regal Court Reporting