The Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association

WHLA Mission Statement

The purposes of the Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association shall be to advance the professional development of its members, to advise on issues of interest to the Hispanic community on a local and national level, and to carry on such other purposes as set forth from time to time in its Articles of Incorporation and its By-laws.

Declaración de la misión de WHLA

La Asociación de Abogados Hispanos de Wisconsin (WHLA) tiene por objetivo adelantar el desarrollo profesional de sus miembros, asesorar con respecto a temas de interés a la comunidad Hispana a nivel local y nacional, y de llevar a cabo todos los demás objetivos que dispongan sus Artículos de Incorporación y sus Estatutos.

WHLA Statement on President Trump's Ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program

Past Presidents

Cain W. Oulahan2016-2018
Craig A. Mastantuono2014-2016
Micabil Diaz-Martinez2012-2014
Adria D. Maddaleni2010-2012
Carlos A. Ortiz2009-2010
Kristela L. Cervera2008-2009
Carmen Ortiz-Babilonia2007-2008
Micabil Diaz-Martinez2006-2007
Neifor B. Acosta2005-2006
David A. Westrup2004-2005
Ana M. Berrios2003-2004
Francisco Araiza2002-2003
Ernesto Romero2001-2002
Margaret Aguayo Asterlin2000-2001
Pedro A. Colón1999-2000
Israel Ramon1998-1999
Andrew J. Chevrez1997-1998
Edward A. Fallone1996-1997
Peter L. Ramirez1995-1996
Harold O.M. Rocha1994-1995
Michael Reyes 1990-1994
Ness Flores 1988-1990
Jose A. Olivieri 1986-1988
Joseph M. Rivas 1984-1986

Meet the Board

Name and Contact InfoTitle
Atty. Michelle L. Velasquez
Civitas Law Group
2224 W. Kilbourn Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: (414) 949-5266
Fax: (414) 255-3018
Term: 7/1/2018 – 6/30/2020
Atty. Gia M. Pionek Valle
Pionek Valle Law Group LLC
1535 E Racine Ave
Waukesha, WI 53186
Phone: (262) 208-5291
Fax: (866) 214-0154
Term: 7/1/2017 - 6/30/2019
Vice President
Atty. Maria I. Lopez
Maria I. Lopez Immigration Law, LLC
5032 W Forest Home Avenue Ste 4
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Phone: (414) 210-5420
Fax: (844) 764-8458
Term: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2020
Atty. Cynthia Herber
700 W Virginia St Ste 302
Milwaukee, WI 53204
Phone:(414) 331-2679
Fax:(414) 755-7731
Term: 7/1/2017 - 6/30 /2019
Atty. Elizabeth Rodriguez Lanzhammer
Hill Glowacki LLPC
5250 East Terrace Drive, Suite 130
Madison WI 53718
Phone: (608) 244-1354
Fax: (608) 244-4018
Term: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2020
Atty. Rebeca M. Lopez
Godfrey & Kahn SC
833 E Michigan St Ste 1800
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone:(414) 287-9634
Fax:(414) 273-5198
Term: 7/1/2017 - 6/30/2019
Atty. Craig A. Mastantuono
Mastantuono & Coffee SC
219 N Milwaukee St Ste 5B
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone:(414) 276-8662
Fax:(414) 276-8661
Term: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2020
Atty. Benjamin Reyes
Pitman, Kalkoff, Sicula & Dentice SC
1110 N Old World 3rd Street, Suite 320
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Phone: (414) 212-0000
Fax: (414) 212-0004
Term: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2020
Atty. Pamela M. Ritger
Clean Wisconsin
634 W Main St Ste 300
Madison, WI 53703
Phone:(608) 251-7020 x 18
Fax:(608) 251-1655
Term: 7/1/2017 – 6/30/2019
Atty. Jair Alvarez
Alvarez Law
995 Applegate Rd Ste 8
Madison WI 53713
Phone: (608) 358-7975
Fax: 608) 836-1427
Term: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2019
State Bar Board of Governors Liaison


Professional Development

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Judicial Selection Committee

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Community Service

La Rosa Blanca Award

La Rosa Blanca honors and recognizes a person who has demonstrated courage and leadership regarding legal issues affecting Hispanics.

Selection criteria include:

  • Advancement of principles important to WHLA, such as access to justice, interpreters in the justice system, diversity.
  • Whether the candidate's contributions involved personal or professional sacrifice.
  • Whether the candidate's achievements went beyond his or her normal work duties.

Nominations for the Rosa Blanca:

WHLA President should remind WHLA members on or about August 1 that the nomination period is open. The notice should be in writing or by electronic mail and should include the selection criteria. Nominations are open to any person, including past or present WHLA members. Any WHLA member may submit a nomination at any time during the month of August. Nominations shall be in writing or by electronic mail and shall include a brief summary of why the nominee is worthy of the award.


Selection will take place at the September meeting of the WHLA Board with all Board members having an equal vote. Standing WHLA Board members are ineligible for the award. The WHLA Board is not required to present the Rosa Blanca Award if it determines there are no candidates that meet the criteria to receive the award for any given year.

WHLA Scholarship Fund

For information regarding the WHLA Scholarship Fund please click here.