Marissa is a first- generation lawyer born and raised in East Chicago, IN. Marissa is fluent in Spanish and a member of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois. As a native Hooiser, Marissa attended Valparaiso University for both her bachelor’s and Juris Doctorate degree. Throughout her educational journey and now as a professional, Marissa values the motto of paying it forward. On her free time, she sits on the Board of Directors for Minority Legal Education Resource (“MLER”) and is a tutor for students that are sitting for the upcoming bar examination.

Marissa advises labor unions, public pension funds, and individual employees. She assists in contract negotiations and interpretation, grievance arbitrations, and unfair labor practice proceedings. Prior to joining the firm, she worked for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office where she handled a wide range of Civil Rights and Tort Litigation both in state and federal court. Marissa’s experience enables her to help clients navigate complex issues and develop strategic plans for successful outcomes.

Education

  • B.A., Valparaiso University, 2012
  • J.D., Valparaiso University Law School, 2016

Admissions

  • State of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois