Hard-working Individuals Who Go Above and Beyond
Immediate Past President
2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Joshua J. Cervantes
Janell N. Avila is a partner at the firm of Solorio & Avila, Law Firm. Ms. Avila is first generation Bolivian–American and was raised in Kansas City, Kansas. Ms. Avila is bilingual in Spanish due to her own family’s migration to the United States from Bolivia for a better future and for better opportunities. Ms. Avila is a proud U.S. citizen who understands and empathizes with immigrants to the United States and their desire to enjoy these same opportunities. Ms. Avila maintains her cultural heritage in both her personal and professional life by staying active in the Latino community and volunteering her time to causes she believes in. Ms. Avila earned her juris doctor degree from DePaul College of Law in May 2002. Ms. Avila earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas in 1999. Ms. Avila practices exclusively in the area of immigration law. Ms. Avila’s focus is primarily in representing families for immigration benefits and removal defense (Immigration Court). Ms. Avila is a past President of HBAGKC, serves as its representative on the HNBA Board of Governors and is the Kansas City Chair of the HNBA Annual Convention Kansas City 2017.
VICE-PRESIDENT // Amanda Sisney
ATTORNEY AT LAW // LATHROP & GAGE LLP
Amanda Sisney represents employers in responding to and handling charges of employment discrimination and all phases of litigation, including eDiscovery. Her robust eDiscovery experience has involved document reviews of all sizes, including the coordination of significantly large document reviews for a national food, personal care, and household products powerhouse. Additionally, Ms. Sisney provides advice and counsel to clients regarding various employment matters – from comprehensive handbook audits to day-to-day HR guidance, including employment contracts, wage and hour classifications, accommodation issues, and internal investigations. She is dedicated to staying current and is on the front line when new issues arise, being a proactive resource to clients. As a problem-solver, self-starter and tech-savvy, Ms. Sisney is tuned into learning what keeps clients in that sector up at night and how best to help them.
Ms. Sisney’s practice also includes a focus on business litigation. She represents clients in litigated and non-litigated business-to-business disputes such as breach of contract matters, business torts, collection actions, and ERISA actions. Ms. Sisney has represented clients in breach of contract, non-compete and other employment matters. She has drafted motions to dismiss, trial court briefs, assisted on major summary judgment motions and appellate briefs, and has assisted in opposing a petition for writ of certiorari in the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Sisney also has an interest in international travel and experiences. She studied abroad in Japan and also interned with a tourism and education company in Barcelona, Spain. She has also spent time in Guatemala doing volunteer work.
Lynn Trevino-Legler is an associate at Polsinelli. Lynn pursued a law degree because she wanted to work with employers. Now, she does just that. Lynn passionately defends employers and helps guide them through all aspects of the litigation process. Lynn focuses her practice on the defense of employers in both state and federal court and before state and federal agencies against claims of sexual harassment, retaliation, and wrongful discharge. She also handles discrimination claims including age, race, disability, and gender discrimination. Lynn defends employers against claims alleging violations of the Family Medical Leave Act and assists with the defense of employers in collective or class actions brought pursuant to state and federal wage and hour laws, including the Fair Labor Standards Act. In addition to her involvement in all phases of the litigation process, Lynn assists employers with the preparation of policy manuals and employee handbooks. Lynn is earned her Juris Doctor at Washburn University School of Law in 2008 and her B.A. from Kansas State University in 2002.
TREASURER // Beatriz Ibarra
ATTORNEY AT LAW // IBARRA LAW, LLC
Beatriz Ibarra is the owner and founding attorney at Ibarra Law, LLC, a law firm dedicated to assisting individuals and their families navigate the complex worlds of estate planning, elder law, probate and personal injury law. Beatriz graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Kansas Law School in 2003. Following graduation she served as a law clerk for the 16th District Court (the Probate Division) in Jackson County. Beatriz then moved to Washington, D.C., where she spent nearly 10 years working in public policy and government. She served as Counsel to two U.S. Senators, including serving as staff to the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging and U.S. Senate Budget Committee. Beatriz's time in Washington taught her to perform well under pressure, think quickly on her feet and deliver high-quality results to her clients.
Gabe Zorogastua is a shareholder at Polsinelli. Gabe helps clients through all steps of litigation, including initial pleadings, discovery, summary judgment, trial, and appeals. He represents universities, health care entities, financial institutions, and other businesses in federal and state court litigation in contract, tort, product liability, property damage, and antitrust disputes. Gabe also helps clients resolve disputes through alternative resolution methods like mediation. Gabe’s antitrust experience includes litigating numerous complex price-fixing class actions in multi-district litigation and advising hospitals, pharmacy organizations, physician groups, group purchasing organizations, and others about antitrust implications and reporting obligations of their mergers, acquisitions, and transactions. His goals are to recover compensation for clients injured by anti-competitive conduct and to help clients understand and minimize their own antitrust litigation and regulatory risks. Gabe graduated with a B.A., summa cum laude, from Wichita State University in 2009, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures (Spanish); J.D., University of Kansas School of Law in 2007, International Trade and Finance Certificate; B.A., summa cum laude, Wichita State University in 2004, Political Science; and B.S., summa cum laude, Wichita State University in 2004, Criminal Justice. Gabe was past President of HBAGKC in 2015.
GOVERNOR// Joshua J. Cervantes
ATTORNEY AT LAW // CASE LINDEN PC
Joshua J. Cervantes is an associate at Case Linden PC. His practice areas include litigation, employment law, products liability, and trial practice. Joshua is a 2016 graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. During law school, Joshua was actively involved and was the Hispanic National Bar Association, Law Students Division - Regional President; Hispanic Law Student Association - President; Hispanic National Bar Association, Microsoft Intellectual Property Law Institute - Scholar; Intellectual Property Law Society - President; Intellectual Property LawMeets - National Champion; and a Mock Trial Team - Competitor. He hold a B.G.S. degree from The University of Kansas in 2010. Joshua is admitted to practice law in Missouri (2016); U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit; U.S. District Court, District of Kansas U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri; and the U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri.
Maria Salcedo is an associate at Shook Hardy & Bacon. Maria’s practice focuses on representing companies in individual and complex products liability cases. Maria has experience in all stages of litigation in state and federal court, including fact investigation, expert witness preparation, motion practice, and trial. Maria has served on several trial and case teams that have consistently achieved positive results for their clients, including the defense of Engle-progeny smoking and health cases in Florida. Pro bono work is important to Maria. She dedicates a significant amount of time representing parents and children in Family Court. She has particular experience in handling child abuse and neglect cases. Before joining the firm, Maria served as a legal intern for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Topeka, Kansas, and a legal clerk for the University of Kansas Office of the General Counsel. Maria earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2009 and her B.S., with highest distinction (Phi Beta Kappa), from the University of Kansas in 2006 (Journalism and International Studies). Maria’s is a past President of HBAGKC 2016.