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HISPANIC BAR ASSOCIATION

ORANGE COUNTY


2021 Officers & Directors

      SASHA TYMKOWICZ, PRESIDENT

Sasha Tymkowicz Vidaurre is the founder of the professional law corporation, Law Offices of Sasha Tymkowicz with offices serving Orange County and San Bernardino. Sasha has been lawyering since 2004 in the areas of family law and personal injury. As the leader of her law practice, a large part has been devoted to meeting the needs of the Latino community as heritage and compassion calls from Mexico and Argentina.

  • Experienced in jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations and mediations
  • Co-Chair of the Judicial Committee for the OCHBA
  • Co-Chair of the Membership Committee of the OCHBA
  • Frequent CLE speaker

Family-oriented and driven, as the mother of three teenagers, the busy lifestyle of the practicing lawyer and business manager has provided for skilled time-management and insight.

An alumna from Chapman University, Western State College of Law and licensed to practice with the State and Federal Courts of California.

      CHRISTOPHER J. AYALA, president-ELECT

Christopher J. Ayala established his law practice in downtown Santa Ana in 2012 and recently went solo starting Ayala Law Group APC in 2017. Mr. Ayala graduated with Honors obtaining his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration Management and a minor in Philosophy from California State University Fullerton. He then graduated Magna Cum Laude from Whittier Law School with a concentration in Criminal Law.

His practice includes criminal, immigration, and family law. He is a first generation college graduate and attorney and understands the struggle faced by our Hispanic Community. He has a strong desire to help the community and has volunteered at various pro-bono immigration clinics, health fairs, and has offered pro-bono services to DACA applicants. In 2012, he received the Wiley W. Manuel Certificate for Pro Bono Legal Services from the State Bar of California.

      JEANNETTE GARCIA, VICE PRESIDENT

Jeannette Garcia is a senior associate attorney at Hughes & Hughes, LLP, located in Tustin, exclusively handling family law matters.

Ms. Garcia is a first generation Latina and proud daughter of immigrant parents. She grew up in Orange County and attended the University of California, Irvine (“UCI”) where she received two Bachelor degrees in Criminology, Law and Society and Psychology and Social Behavior. While pursuing her Bachelor’s degree, she interned with the Juvenile Defenders, where she established an interest in law. After graduating from UCI in 2010, she began her career in the legal field as a legal assistant for a family law firm in Orange County.

Ms. Garcia received her Juris Doctorate from Western State College of Law (“Western State”) in 2015, graduating Cum Laude. She was admitted to the California State Bar in December 2015. While at Western State, she received a merit-based full-tuition scholarship for two years and earned a Criminal Law Certificate. Additionally, she was part of the Law Review, Mock Trial Team, and was Co-President of the Latino Student Bar Association.

Ms. Garcia has worked at other reputable family law firms in Orange County, where she has gained valuable experience in complex family law matters.

Ms. Garcia has been a member of the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association since 2013, serving in various capacities from law school member, to board member, to Chief Financial Officer and Secretary.  

Ms. Garcia is married and has a two-year-old daughter. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, dancing and hiking.


    Shelly Aronson, SECRETARY

Shelly Aronson practices criminal defense law in Orange County. She has been in practice for the past 35 years, 27 of which were with the Orange County Public Defender as a Senior Trial Attorney. Ms. Aronson’s practice involves all misdemeanor and felony cases in the criminal justice system. While in the P.D.’s office, Ms. Aronson tried twelve murder cases, including special circumstance and death penalty cases. In addition to misdemeanors and felonies, Ms. Aronson specializes in substance abuse, drug and alcohol addiction, and mental illness, and other issues related to criminal behavior. Ms. Aronson devotes much of her time to pro bono and lo bono work representing the indigent and minorities, spending time helping clients with rehabilitation and achieving 2nd chances in life. Ms. Aronson also volunteers hundreds of hours every year as a Temporary Judge in Orange County in the traffic, small claims, and collaborative courts. After a lifelong career in government and community service in the Hispanic community, Ms. Aronson is proud to continue her work with the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association. She looks forward to working with the Board again this year on educational and social issues, issues of inequality, and helping students obtain scholarships and better education. Shelly will continue working to enhance the quality of life for the Hispanic community.  


       ANGEL CAMINO, CFO

Angel Camino is a managing attorney at Desai Family Law Group. While his experience empowers him to handle high-asset and complex litigation family law cases with ease, his pride is helping families transition smoothly past the difficult times that accompany family law cases.

As a first-generation Cuban-American raised in Southern California, Mr. Camino is active in local charities and firmly believes in giving back to the Hispanic community. It was his desire to make a difference that drove him to be the first college graduate of his family and attend law school.

On his off-time, Mr. Camino enjoys training his puppy, competitive salsa and bachata dancing, tennis, golf, and baseball.

 "Like typical Latino families, I have been blessed to have such an amazingly strong support group at home. Being born to a family who came from Cuba with nothing more than the clothes on their backs, I was able to learn the virtues of community and hard work first hand.  Always giving it my best while cherishing the strong ties I’ve been able to grow, I look forward to my first term serving on the OCHBA Board of Directors."

  Bettina Yanez, IMMEDIATE PAST President

Bettina Yanez is a Certified Family Law Specialist practicing family law in Orange, Los Angeles & Riverside Counties since 2000. She is the President and founder of Yanez & Associates, Divorce & Family Law Attorneys Orange County, where she employs four associate attorneys including her son Sean Yanez and four experienced team members. She holds a degree in psychology from Pitzer College and a Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law.

The Superior Court of California, County of Orange appoints Bettina to provide legal representation for minor children of parties and parents found to be indigent. She is approved for appointment on the following panels: Minor’s Counsel, Termination of Parental Rights, Family Law Contempt and Paternity.

As minor’s counsel she functions in a dual role, as the voice of the child and as a Friend of the Court. She can present evidence to the Court and acts as an advocate for the child. Moreover, in the family law contempt panel she serves as an assistant public defender in contempt cases where parents are facing jail-time for failing to pay their child support or following terms of their court order. .

Many of her clients describe her as an honest, caring, assertive, “NO-BS” attorney that tells it like it is. She is very active in the community and in multiple organizations and strongly believes in making time to give back to the community, both in giving of ones time and money. She continues to donate to her high school Sacred Heart of Jesus in Los Angeles. She has sponsored two students by paying a portion of their tuition, mentored, donated Ipads to Sacred Heart and She has organized backpack and school supply giveaways to schools in Orange County. This year Bettina introduced a Community Outreach Committee that will work hand in hand with OCHBA's current social issues committee. Bettina is currently on the Executive Board of the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association serving as President, She is a current member of the Orange County Lavender Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Western San Bernardino County Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association, the Italian American Lawyers of Orange County and a past board member of the Orange County Women Lawyers Association, and she served as a Director at Large for the OCBA Family Law Section in 2013 and was a former President of the Orange County Barristers.

Bettina understands that divorce and family law issues have long-term effects on all family members, especially the children. As a child Bettina experienced the pain of divorce when her parents decided to dissolve their marriage. Therefore she knows and understands the pain and guilt children may be experiencing; and she draws from her personal experience to better help her adult as well as her young clients involved in complex and highly contested custody cases. When appointed as minor’s counsel, Bettina takes special interest in her young clients in order to ensure that their rights are paramount. Named Orange County Women Lawyers Every Day Hero in 2019 and Hispanic Bar Associations Attorney of the Year in 2019.

Bettina has been married to Caesar Yanez, her high school sweetheart, for almost 38 years and they are the proud parents of three children that have followed in her footsteps. They are both currently enjoying their first grand baby.

 

2021 Board of Directors

       Rose Amezcua-Moll 

I am honored and excited at the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association. To lead in a cooperative rather than competitive approach embodies what has made me the attorney I am today. If I had not had the benefit of colleagues and others’ efforts that paved the way through the years, I would not be the attorney I am today. I believe it is through the selfless efforts of others that have mentored me and supported me through the years that I feel compelled to give back.

I am a licensed attorney and the owner of Amezcua-Moll & Associates, PC. After less than two years of working in a small firm environment, I started my own law practice which is currently based in Orange, California and just celebrated its 13th year. Amezcua-Moll & Associates, PC primarily represents employees that have been mistreated in their employment. I am proud to be a sustaining member of OCTLA, am an active member of the OCBA serving on the executive committees of the Real Estate Section and the Employment Law Section, serve on the OCBA Administration of Justice Committee, the OCBA Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee and have volunteered to be a mentor for OCTLA. I am on the Membership Committee, the Mentorship Committee and the committee that raise funds for local charities in Orange County.

I currently maintain a ranking of 10 out of 10 through AVVO and have been named a Super Lawyer 2018. I am dedicated to my clients and the legal community and have a strong desire to give to an organization that is

I have been blessed enough to study in such countries as England and China which gave me a vast appreciation for my home country and the opportunities it affords anyone. I have also competed in Europe and Australia representing the United States in such sports as Basketball and Track and Field. It is the collective experiences I have had that have instilled in me a global awareness and a healthy competitive spirit. I hope you will support me in my desire to give back to OCHBA.


      KARLA R. BUSTAMANTE

Karla R. Bustamante attended the University of California at Riverside where she earned a double Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Spanish Linguistics/Literature.  While completing her undergraduate studies Ms. Bustamante was involved with campus activities, working and volunteering at the Cesar Chavez Student Center, Families First Project, International Student Services and the ALS Association; she also worked as an intern for the Riverside District Attorney's Office Victim/Witness Unit and studied abroad in Spain. She attended Whittier College, School of Law where she earned her JD while working full time. 

Ms. Bustamante is currently an associate with Valencia & Associates, APC  in Santa Ana, California practicing immigration law.  Ms. Bustamante is licensed to practice before all courts in the State of California as well as the United States District Court for the Central District of California. She is a member of the Los Angeles Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and Orange County Hispanic Bar Association.

       Stephanie Franco

Stephanie Franco is currently the Associate General Counsel at FideliTrade and Delaware Depository in Seal Beach, CA. During her undergraduate years, Stephanie attended UC Davis and obtained her B.A. in Political Science, Philosophy, and Theater. Stephanie attended law school at California Western School of Law in San Diego. During her law school career, she was an active member of the Student Bar Association, Sports and Entertainment Law Society, Moot Court Honors Board, and Phi Alpha Delta. Upon passing the CA Bar in 2015, Stephanie started her career practicing civil litigation in a boutique firm in Los Angeles. Stephanie joined the Sports 1 Marketing team in 2016 as their first General Counsel and subsequently joined the FideliTrade/Delaware Depository Team in 2019. Stephanie is an active member of the community, volunteering her time mentoring law students and speaking at events nationwide. Stephanie is a current board member of the Hispanic Bar Association and also serves as an adjunct professor at Western State College of Law teaching Sports Law.


     PATRICIA SANTAMARIA

Ms. Patricia Santamaria joined Yanez & Associates as an associate attorney. She grew up in Orange County, California where she attended the California State University at Fullerton, earning her Bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development.

During her undergraduate studies, Ms. Santamaria worked for a non-profit organization providing a wide range of services to underprivileged men and women, at-risk youth, foster youth, veterans and survivors of domestic violence, and drug & alcohol recovery from various ages and diverse backgrounds.

Patricia Santamaria understands the importance of giving back and helping others. This desire for helping others combined with her personal experiences is what steered her towards a career in law. She comprehends the difficult and emotional process involved with immigration and family law matters and will assist you through the process with dignity and compassion.

Ms. Santamaria attended Whittier Law School, where she received a Juris Doctor degree in 2016 and graduated with honors, Cum Laude. She served as a fellow with the Center for Children and Families and as an Article Editor for Whittier’s Journal of Child & Family Advocacy.

After her first year at Whittier Law, Ms. Santamaria participated in a study abroad program accredited by the American Bar Association in Nanjing, China. While in Nanjing, Ms. Santamaria attended courses in Contemporary Problems in Family Law, International Adoption Law and California Child Custody practicum. Upon graduating from Whittier, she received the Center for Children’s Rights Certificate.

She interned with the Legal Aid Society’s Family Law Clinic and worked alongside the Orange County Office of County Counsel – Child Protection Unit. Ms. Santamaria has a passion for the law with experience in Immigration, Family Law matters dealing with child custody and visitation, guardianships and limited conservatorships and is bilingual.

She is a recipient of the Wally Davis Scholarship offered by the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association.

     CHARIESE SOLORIO


Chariese Solorio is an associate at Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. in the Products Liability group. Prior to joining Snell, Chariese's practice focused mainly on public entity defense.

Chariese was born and raised in Santa Ana and Orange. After graduating from Orange High School, she attended UCLA, where she volunteered with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles and lobbied throughout California on behalf of DREAMers. She then attended UCI Law School and graduated with pro bono honors. Her pro bono work has included advocating on behalf of victims of domestic violence, senior citizens, individuals seeking asylum, and victims of wage theft.

Chariese is a first generation college graduate and has used her experience as such to assist high school students on their path to college. Chariese remains active in the community by mentoring local high school students, working pro bono on various immigration-related matters, and serving on the Associate Board of Project Youth.

ASHLEY VACCARO

Ashley N. Vaccaro was born and raised in Orange County. She is of Argentine descent on her mother’s side, and grew up speaking native Spanish. During college, Ashley also studied abroad and lived in Barcelona, Spain, as part of an intensive Spanish immersion program.

Ashley attended the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating in December 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and a Minor in Spanish. After earning her law degree in 2011 from the University of Chicago, where she served as the Vice President of the Latino Law Students Association, she began her career at Jenner & Block in Chicago, Illinois. During her time at Jenner & Block, Ashley traveled to Central and South America on multiple occasions to conduct interviews and investigations on behalf of international clients. In 2017, Ashley returned to her native California to be near family and friends, and has since joined Rutan & Tucker as Senior Counsel in the Trial and Litigation Department. Ashley’s practice focuses on business litigation and counseling, as well as investigation work. She has litigated, arbitrated, mediated, and settled a wide array of commercial disputes in both state and federal courts, and has conducted multiple investigations for national and international organizations.

Ashley also has an active pro bono practice and is an avid animal rights activist. Ashley counsels nonprofit organizations in all facets of their business, from drafting contracts to litigating matters in court. She has represented clients bringing §1983 civil rights cases against government agencies, and for years has worked with nationwide clients to bring administrative and legal actions against Medicaid agencies for wrongful denial of coverage for life-changing medications.

In addition to serving on the OCHBA Board of Directors, Ashley serves as the President of the Orange County Coalition for Diversity in the Law. Ashley is an avid proponent of diversity efforts and inclusion in the legal field, with a focus on promoting and retaining diverse talent.

DIANA GONZALEZ

I was born and raised in Orange County, graduating from UCLA in 2007, and from Southwestern Law School in 2011. I worked at Fontes|Figueroa Law Group, APC, located in Santa Ana, as an Associate for six years gaining experience in the areas of Immigration Law and Workers Compensation. From 2013 to 2018, I was also a proud Board Member of the OCHBA participating in various committees and events. In January of 2019, I opened up my own office in downtown Santa Ana, focusing in Immigration, Family, and Criminal Law.

  CATHERINE NAVARRO

Ms. Navarro was born and raised in Orange County, California. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in June of 2011 and earned her Bachelor Degrees in Chicana/Chicano Studies and Global & International Studies with an emphasis in Latin America.

In June of 2011, Ms. Navarro joined Fontes Law Group as a legal assistant and law clerk working under the direct supervision of Attorney Martin C. Fontes.  In 2014, Ms. Navarro was a recipient of the OCHBA Wallace (Wally) R. Davis Memorial Scholarship Fund.

In May of 2016, Ms. Navarro graduated Magna Cum Laude and received her Juris Doctor Degree from Whittier Law School. In June of 2017, Ms. Navarro was admitted to practice law in the State of California and the Central District of California.

Ms. Navarro represents immigrants and their families before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and before the Executive Office of Immigration Review in Immigration Court. Ms. Navarro also represents families in Family Law Court and Probate Court.


FRANK CHIRINO

Frank Chirino is a trial lawyer at the law firm of DiMarco Araujo Montevideo, specializing in the area of catastrophic personal injury.  Having spent more than a decade on the defense side, litigating cases on behalf of major insurance companies, he possess a comprehensive understanding of injury litigation, which he proudly employs to achieve the best possible results for his clients.

Frank has resided in Southern California his entire life.  As the son of two Cuban refugees, he is fluent in Spanish.  In fact, it was his first language.  Upon completing his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Irvine, he began his legal studies at Southwestern Law School, where he was a member of the Southwestern Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas.  During his final year of law school, he published an article on international business litigation that has since been cited by the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology.  He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2005 and began practicing insurance litigation at a reputable downtown Los Angeles law firm.  In 2007, he was offered a position at Ford, Walker, Haggerty & Behar; a large and well-respected insurance defense firm.  He would go on to become senior counsel at this firm before departing in 2015 to join DiMarco Araujo Montevideo as a trial attorney. 

Frank has resolved countless cases through settlement negotiations, mediation and trial.  As an advocate for injured parties, it is his honor to work tirelessly to ensure that his clients receive fair treatment and just compensation under the law.

Frank is active in several local organizations, including the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, the Consumer Attorneys of California, and the OC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  Additionally, he is a member of Business Networking International’s first all Spanish-speaking chapter – Lideres Sin Limites.  He is an avid martial artist, and hold black belts in three separate disciplines.  With almost 35 years of martial arts experience, the majority of his practice now centers on teaching and molding the next generation of practitioner

LAURA HASSAN

Laura Hassan has been practicing law since 2017.  Ms. Hassan’s practice focuses on business litigation and family law.

Ms. Hassan completed her undergraduate studies at California State University, San Bernardino, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and Spanish studies.  Ms. Hassan received her legal education from Whittier Law School, where she was a member of the Trial Advocacy Honors Board and served as Vice President of the Hispanic American Law Student Association.  Ms. Hassan earned her Juris Doctor in 2016.

Ms. Hassan is admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Ms. Hassan has participated in various litigations since 2017.  She has also dedicated her time to pro bono programs, assisted with immigrant and refugee children, and worked to combat slum housing.  Ms. Hassan is a member of the Orange County Bar Association, Orange County Hispanic Bar Association, California Lawyers Association, and the Orange County Women’s Lawyers Association.

LINDA IGARASHI

Linda Igarashi is a corporate attorney and represents public and private companies, private equity firms, strategic investors and financial institutions. Her practice encompasses mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity investments, debt and equity financing, business formation and structuring, and general corporate governance matters. She is a tireless advocate and trustworthy advisor in complex M&A transactions. She combines her M&A expertise and relationship skills to work effectively with all parties to structure mutually beneficial transactions. She also represents clients in cross-border transactions, particularly in Mexico, and is fluent in Spanish.

Prior to her legal career, Linda worked as a financial analyst with the Federal Reserve Bank and as a risk management consultant with Deloitte, and she brings this experience to her transactional practice.  Linda’s diverse experience and perspective from all sides of the transaction is instrumental in the attainment of her client’s goals through practical solutions as well as balanced legal risk.

Linda co-leads Sheppard Mullin’s Orange County Diversity and Inclusion Working Group and serves on Sheppard Mullin’s Inclusive Engagement Task Force.

LUPE GONZALEZ

Ms. Gonzalez graduated among the top of her undergraduate class at the University of California, Los Angeles and then attended University of California, Irvine’s top tier law school where she earned her Juris Doctor degree. While in law school, Ms. Gonzalez received a Deans award for trial advocacy. She also served as a certified law clerk for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. After law school, Ms. Gonzalez became a litigation associate at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner and then Klein and Wilson. Ms. Gonzalez also served as General Counsel for GenGirl Media, Inc. during its acquisition by a large multi-media corporation. Currently, she is the Senior Litigation Corporate Counsel for Lantronix, Inc. in Irvine, California.

VICTOR FRANCO

Victor Franco is the principal attorney at the Law Offices of Victor Franco, A Professional Law Corporation.  Victor was raised in Santa Ana, he attended college at UC Irvine, and law school at Western State University.  Victor has a Certificate in Criminal Law, and his practice focuses on Crimmigration- the intersection of criminal law and immigration. 

Victor advises non-U.S. citizens about the immigration consequences of criminal convictions, he represents clients in bond and removal proceedings in immigration court, and advocates for post-conviction relief in criminal court.  

Many criminal attorneys consult with Victor when they have non-U.S. citizen clients, and often refer those clients to Victor for immigration friendly plea deals and jury trials.

DEBORAH M. VASQUEZ

Ms. Vasquez is a litigation attorney and founder of The Vasquez Law Group, a boutique firm in Santa Ana. She is particularly involved with cases involving the protection of tenants’ rights. Ms. Vasquez has represented a wide variety of tenants in lawsuits involving retaliatory eviction, wrongful eviction, slum conditions and discrimination where she gives a voice to the voiceless. Ms. Vasquez also handles general litigation matters as well as personal injury claims. She is admitted to all of the California Federal Courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Past Presidents

Michael J. Silvas
Hon. Frederick P. Aguirre
Hon. Gregory Muñoz
Wallace R. Davis
Jess Araujo
Albert Mercado
Frank J. Valdez
Hon. Salvador Sarmiento
David A. Valles
Diane Nordby Valdez
Gilbert Maturino
Hon. Maurice Sanchez
Richard Armendariz
Alfredo M. Amezcua
Arturo M. Cisneros
Ruben A. Smith
George W. Abbes
Albert Mercado
Rebecca Jurado
Joseph L. Chairez
Cory Aguirre
Darren O. Aitken
Claudia Alvarez
John J. Isaza
Jamie Duarte
Fabio Cabezas
Federico Sayre
José Urcis
Lisa D. Ramirez
Lorena C. Peñaloza
Norma García Guillén
Monica E. Lukoshek
Carlos X. Colorado
Genoveva Meza Talbott
José González
Mayte Santacruz
Diana Lopez
Rafael G. Nendel Flores
Lyo Figueroa

Eric Dominguez

Darrell White

Yolanda Torres

Bettina Yanez


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