STAFF

Lisa Whalen

Lisa Whalen Bleich was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University of Florida in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and in 1995 she graduated from St. Thomas University School of Law, in Miami, Florida, with a Juris Doctorate.

Lisa has resided in Yuma, Arizona since 2001. She was in private practice from 2001 until 2007. In January 2008, she was appointed as a Commissioner/Judge Pro Tem by the Presiding Judge of Yuma County Superior Court. During her time on the bench she served as trial judge. Her case assignments included domestic relations, felony criminal, drug court and mental health court.

Her greatest achievement was her dedication to the creation of Yuma County Mental Health Court. The first Regional Mental Health Court in the State of Arizona. In 2015, Yuma County Mental Health received the Arizona Supreme Court’s Justice Achievement Award for Access to Justice.

The Yuma County Board of Supervisors passed a Resolution to commit to the National Stepping Up Initiative through Yuma County Mental Health Court to keep the mentally ill our of the justice system.

That same year, Lisa was nominated for citizen of the year in Yuma County for her dedication and work with mental health court.

Lisa retired from her judicial position in May of 2016. She is in private practice and her focus is primarily related to family law matters. Some family law cases develop ancillary issues such as misdemeanor case and protective orders. Lisa is equipped to handle any ancillary matter that arises.

Services:
  • Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce)
  • Legal Decision Making and Parenting Time
  • Child Support
  • Equitable Division of assets and debts.
  • Spousal Maintenance
  • Grandparent/Third party visitation
  • Third party Custody
  • Orders of Protection
  • Injunctions against harassment
  • Paternity
  • Post Decree/Modifications
Gloria Rodriguez

Gloria Rodriguez is a Yuma Native. Gloria graduated from Arizona Western College in 2003 with an Associate of Applied Science in Office Administration. She is working toward a paralegal certification from Arizona Western College. She is a licensed State of Arizona Notary and speaks fluent English and Spanish.

Gloria has over fifteen years of legal experience. She has worked as a legal assistant to various local attorneys, including the City Attorney for the City of San Luis, Arizona. Gloria has also worked for the Federal Public Defender in Yuma, Arizona. Gloria has extensive experience in the areas of family law, criminal law, juvenile law, estate planning, guardianships, corporate law as well as federal re-entry and federal drug crimes.

Family law matters often require knowledge of other areas of law and the ability to assist client’s during a stressful life changing event. Gloria’s varied experience with law and client relationships makes her an exceptional legal assistant.