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2018-2019 Board of Directors

Board meetings are typically held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6pm, with some exceptions. Board meetings are open to all members, please confirm the date and location with the Secretary if you plan to attend. Any items members would like to the board to consider for discussion or vote must be submitted at least 10 days in advance of the board meeting.

Aleida Ortega Conners  – President

15407 McGinty Road W, MS-24
Wayzata, MN 55391
Phone: (952) 984-1276

Aleida is an M&A lawyer with Cargill's in-house counsel team. Previously, Aleida was an Associate at Fredrikson & Byron, where she assisted clients with mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and venture capital financings. She also acted as outside general counsel for companies entering foreign markets, whether through subsidiaries or sales and distribution networks. Aleida graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School and was named a Top Lawyer Under 40 by the Hispanic National Bar Association in March 2018.



Roger Maldonado  – President-Elect

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
2200 Wells Fargo Center
90 S. Seventh Street
Minneapolis, MN, 55402-4662
Phone: (612) 766-7642


 Zuri Balmakund Santiago – Vice President

Assistant Hennepin County Attorney
Hennepin County Attorney's Office 
300 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55487
Phone: (612) 348-6983

email: zurizadaibalmakund@gmail.com

Zuri Balmakund Santiago is an Assistant Hennepin County Attorney in the Community Prosecution Division, where she prosecutes narcotics and firearms cases on behalf of the community and county. She is an alumnus of the University of St. Thomas School of Law where she received Dean's List recognition and graduated with her J.D. and Masters in Public Policy.

Roxy Gonzalez – Secretary

Bowman and Brooke
Phone: (612) 656-4004

email: Roxanna.Gonzalez@bowmanandbrooke.com


Richard Greiffenstein – Treasurer

Jackson Lewis
Phone: (612) 787-3505




Lariss Maldonado – Immediate Past President


Stinson Leonard Street LLP
50 South Sixth Street, Suite 2600
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-335-1511

email: lariss.maldonado@stinson.com 

Lariss is a litigator at Stinson Leonard Street. Lariss grew up in South Texas, and spent time working in nonprofits there, in New York, and in Washington, DC, before attending law school at the University of Minnesota.



Kelvin Collado - Board Member

Robins Kaplan LLP


   Tracy Kallassy - Board Member

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

email: tracy.grundman@gmail.com



Melissa Muro LaMere – Board Member

Maslon LLP
3300 Wells Fargo Center
90 South Seventh Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: (612) 672-8368

Joe Nuñez - Board Member
Vantage Law Group, PLLC
125 SE Main Street, Suite 250
Minneapolis, MN 55414

email: joe.nunez@vantagelawgroup.com 

Joe Nuñez is a partner at Vantage Law Group in Minneapolis, focusing on all aspects of commercial real estate development, acquisition and leasing.  He is recognized as one of the most experienced Shopping Center Law practitioners in the nation, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Real Estate Lawyers, and is certified as a Real Property Law Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association.  He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis (BA, Economics) and the University of Minnesota Law School. Joe is also member of the Hispanic National Bar Association, and Cuban-American Bar Association.  He is admitted to practice law in Minnesota and Arizona.

Pablo Orozco - Board Member

Nilan Johnson Lewis
120 South Sixth Street, Suite 400
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Pablo has extensive experience litigating class and collective actions in federal and state courts across the country—particularly in California, where he started his career. He understands the intricacies and nuances of complex litigation and is adept at navigating through the processes and strategies involved in class and collective actions. Pablo also has experience counseling technology startups and emerging business on how to develop a lean, flexible, and cost-effective workforce.


Priscila Barron Sanchez - Student Representative

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

email: priscila.sanchez@mitchellhamline.edu


A native of Mexico, Priscila grew up in Austin, Minnesota. She is in her last year of law school at Mitchell. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas, where she was the commencement speaker. Looking for her niche, Priscila interned with the Army JAGC in summer 2018 where she rotated through several areas of law including the: legal assistance office, special victims counsel, trial defense services, administrative and operational law, military justice, and federal litigation.

Catalina Hotung - Student Representative

University of Minnesota Law School

email: hotun001@umn.edu

Joshua Maldonado - Student Representative

University of St. Thomas, School of Law

email: joshua.maldonado@stthomas.edu 


Originally from Puerto Rico, Joshua Maldonado moved to the twin cities to attend University St. Thomas School of Law (UST Law). During his time at UST Law, Joshua has formed part of several executive boards for multiple organizations such as UST Latino Law Student Association, UST Board of Advocates, UST Student Government Association, Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, and the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association. For the past year, Joshua worked at Walther Goss Law and is the Research Assistant for Dr. Charles Reid at UST Law. This summer Joshua will be working at the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office and looks forward to making a career as a litigator after graduation.

Before attending law school, Joshua worked for a non-profit organization that focused on expanding access to capital for Latino and minority-owned private equity firms.






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