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Gloria currently serves on the cabinet of City of Spokane Mayor Condon's administration as Director of Local Government and Multi-Cultural Affairs.  Gloria is an Adjunct Professor at Gonzaga University School of Law.  She was appointed to serve as Commissioner for the Commission on Hispanic Affairs by Governor Gregoire in August of 2012 and was elected Chair of the Commission in October of 2012. 


Gloria commenced her legal career as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Benton County and then transitioned into private practice. Gloria has extensive jury trial experience in criminal cases both as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and as Defense Counsel.  Gloria's criminal law practice focused on felony matters in both State and Federal Court. Gloria held a judicial services contract with the Spokane Tribe of Indians and served as Chief Judge for Spokane Tribal Court. 


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Government: 100%

Attorney endorsements

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  • Julie Christine Watts

    Gloria is a passionate advocate for justice and a wise and compassionate counselor, and I am so proud to know her! I would recommend her to family and friends, and I wouldn't hesitate to hire her myself.


    Julie Watts Family Attorney
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  • Hector E Quiroga

    Gloria is a phenomenal attorney. She is a fierce advocate for her clients. Anytime I have a criminal law issue, I try to consult with her as her knowledge and experience in this area is vast. I endorse this lawyer.


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Contact info

City of Spokane

808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA, 99201


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Modelo de Excelencia/Model of ExcellenceLatina/o Bar Association of Washington2015
2014 Washington State Equal Justice Community Leadership AcademyAccess to Justice Board2014
20 Under 40Catalyst2012
Judicial Institute FellowWashington Bar Association2012
Top 100 Attorneys in SpokaneCoeur d' Alene Living Magazine2012
Top 100 Attorneys in SpokaneCoeur d' Alene Living Magazine2011
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Washington State Bar Association Leadership Institute FellowWashington State Bar Association2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Director of Local Government and Multi-Cultural AffairsCity of Spokane2013 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorGonzaga University School Of Law2012 - Present
Chief JudgeSpokane Tribal Court2012 - 2015
AttorneyOchoa Law PLLC2009 - 2013
PartnerOchoa Anderson, PLLC2007 - 2009
AttorneyOchoa Lawrence Law Group PLLC2002 - 2007
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyBenton County Prosecuting Attorney2001 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
College Success FoundationAdvisory Board Member2015 - Present
Latino Hope FoundationPresident2015 - Present
Spokane County United WayBoard of Directors2014 - Present
Boys and Girls Clubs of Spokane CountyBoard of Directors2014 - Present
Habitat for Humanity of Spokane CountySecretary2014 - Present
Excelerate SuccessLeadership Team2014 - Present
Rotary Club 21Rotarian2014 - Present
Little Spokane River Estates Homeowner's AssociationBoard of Directors2012 - Present
Washington State Commission on Hispanic AffairsChair2012 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationLawyer's Fund for Client Protection Board2011 - Present
Spokane County Bar Association, Diversity SectionAttorney Member2010 - Present
Washington State Minority & Justice Commission's Youth & Law ForumPlanning Committee2006 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationAttorney Member2003 - Present
Student Discipline Task ForceOffice of the Superintendent of Public Instruction2014 - 2015
Leadership SpokaneClass of 20122011 - 2012
Washington State Bar AssociationModerate Means Program Volunteer2011 - 2012
Washington Women LawyersCo-Vice President of Newsletter2011 - 2012
Spokane County Juvenile Court Diversion Neighborhood Accountability BoardMember2011 - 2013
Washington Association of Criminal DefenseMember2008 - 2012
Latina/o Bar Association of WashingtonExecutive Board of Directors2008 - 2010
Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of CommerceVice President2008 - 2009
Washington Attorneys Assisting Community OrganizationsMember2007 - 2010
Boys and Girls Club of Benton-Franklin CountiesBoard of Directors2007 - 2008
Washington Women LawyersJudicial Evaluation Committee2007 - 2009
United Way of Benton-Franklin CountiesBoard of Directors2007 - 2008
Washington State Bar AssociationLaw Office Management Assistance Program Committee2006 - 2007
American Bar Association Young Lawyer's Division General Practice, Solo and Small Firm CommitteeVice-Chair2006 - 2007
Washington State Bar AssociationCommittee for Diversity2006 - 2007
Washington State Bar AssociationAlternative Dispute Resolution Committee2006 - 2007
Pasco Downtown Development AssociationBoard of Directors2006 - 2007
Leadership Tri-Cities Class XIIAlum2006 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
P12005516 City of Spokane v ChristianDismissed
11-8-00510-0 State of Washington v HustonDismissed
1Z0827525 City of Kennewick v HolguinDismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
Tu DecidesWeekly Legal Column2008
Tu DecidesWeekly Legal Column2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Idaho College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
Washington State UniversityBusiness AdmininstrationBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Panel DiscussionRace and the Criminal Justice System2015
Executives in ActionWorking with Executives2015
Community Relationship Awareness ForumBridging the Gaps in the Spokane Community2015
2015 Inland Northwest Fair Housing ConferenceA Renewed Commitment: Keynote Address2015
Webinar Series: Promoting Health Equity through Programs and PolicyPriority Spokane: Focusing on Education Outcomes to Improve Health Equity2014
Legal Executives SummitFight or Flight: How to Keep Your Attorneys from Fleeing2014
Leadership in a Diverse WorldImmigration Issues in our Region2014
Everyday Ethics for Small Firm AttorneysAdvertising, Online Conduct and Referrals and File Retention Firm Changes and Ethical Issues2014
Diversity Week: Embracing Uncomfortable MomentsKeynote2014
10th Annual Diversity Bar LuncheonBeyond Altruism: Why diversity matters in the success and health of your business2014
2013 Hispanic Graduates and Young Scholars Recognition CeremonyKeynote Address2013
Race and Criminal Justice in the WestRemedying Racial Discrimination: The Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System2011
Third Annual Statewide Diversity ConferenceTop 10 Junior Attorney Mistakes and How to Avoid Them2008
The 3rd Annual WSBA Solo and Small Firm Conference24 Karat Gold Tips for Managing Your Solo/Small Firm Practice So That It Is Less Stressful and More Productive and Fulfilling2008
The 3rd Annual WSBA Solo and Small Firm ConferenceCriminal Law Practice Tips for the Solo/Small Firm Practitioner2008
Leadership Tri-Cities - Agriculture Day SessionImmigration2008
Leadership Tri-Cities Agriculture Session Day 2007Immigration - Panel2007
Getting Ahead and Giving Back: Diversity in Washington's Legal CommunityThe Nuts and Bolts of Solo Practice: The Dos and Dont's of Practice and Tips for the Solo and Diverse Practitioner2007
Washington Women Lawyers Leadership SymposiumTools & Insight to Maximize Your Practice at Every Stage of Your Career2006
First Annual Celebrate Diversity Eastern Washington StylePanelist2006
Bar Leaders ConferenceTips from Successful Practioners and How LOMAP can Support the Success of your Practice2006