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Thomas C. Hochstatter | Joseph M. Rivas

Joseph M. Rivas is a 1974 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), where he received a B.S. in Education. He received his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1979. Joe was the Founding President of the Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association (1984-86) and has served as Chair of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (1992-94). He has been President of the Wisconsin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Spanish Center. Joe is currently a member of the Wisconsin Hispanic Lawyers Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the Milwaukee and Wisconsin Bar Associations. He currently serves as the Wisconsin Liaison to the Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He is also a Board Member of the Wisconsin State Bar’s International Practice Section. He further is the District #10 Coordinator of the Milwaukee Archdiocese’s Justice for Immigrants Committee, and has been Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Latino Chapter of the UWM Alumni Association. Joe has been a speaker on immigration law issues in various settings, including radio and television. He has testified in circuit court proceedings as an expert on immigration law. He was honored as the "Alumni of the Year" at the 1985 LEO program at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Joe is listed in Best Lawyers in America under the section of Immigration Law. He is fluent in Spanish.

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