Iván Espinoza-Madrigal is a Staff Attorney for Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV.
Espinoza-Madrigal is developing an initiative on behalf of LGBT people of color, LGBT immigrants and low-income LGBT communities. In this capacity, he is expanding Lambda Legal's work addressing the legal needs of LGBT and HIV-affected people who identify across intersecting lines of race, ethnicity and socio-economic class through litigation, public education and policy advocacy.
Espinoza-Madrigal speaks nationally on civil rights issues, and contributes writing to the Practical Lawyer and the Huffington Post. The National LGBT Bar Association has recognized him as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40.
Previously, Espinoza-Madrigal was a Staff Attorney with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), where he handled the immigrants' rights docket in Texas and the Southwest. He served as counsel in Friendly House v. Whiting, a challenge to Arizona's anti-immigrant law, SB 1070, and was a member of the legal team that successfully defended the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act in Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District No. 1 v. Holder, a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case.
Before joining MALDEF, Espinoza-Madrigal worked at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where he successfully defended the municipal identification card of New Haven, Connecticut, against an attempt to dismantle the program. His work in New Haven was featured in the New York Times and New York Law Journal, and had a direct impact on the implementation of similar programs in cities across the country.
Prior to joining the firm, he served as a law clerk for Judge Eric Clay in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and Judge Ronald Ellis in the U.S. District Court, S.D.N.Y.
He received his JD from New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern Sinsheimer Public Interest Scholar. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a BA in Political Science and Latin American Studies. He serves on the Board of Directors of the HIV Law Project.
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