Every month, Southern Arizona Legal Aid’s (SALA) Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) recognizes a legal professional for their legal volunteerism. The award is a distinct honor and highlights the dedication and commitment of 12 individuals each year who give their valuable time and expertise to the community. Mr. Alex Winkelman, Esq., is the October 2023 Outstanding Volunteer of the Month Award Recipient.
Alex Winkelman is a lawyer practicing in the areas of commercial litigation and commercial bankruptcy. SALA honors Alex this month for his recent work co-counseling a defamation case for a victim of domestic violence. Alex and Kristin Fitzharris, Esq. (managing attorney for the domestic relations/immigration unit at SALA) are working together as a team in this matter. Kristin has shared that Alex’s civil litigation and legal expertise is invaluable. As the matter progresses, Alex and Kristin will continue to co-counsel, and if a trial is set, they will litigate the case together. In addition to this important direct client work that Alex is contributing to, Alex is also a board member at SALA. He also serves as Treasurer on the board of directors for Old Pueblo Community Services. OPCS focuses their work on the “housing first” model to combat homelessness.
In Alex’s practice at Mesch Clark Rothschild, Alex represents clients in matters involving partnership disputes, fraud, commercial torts, agricultural contracts, real estate secured transactions, and lender liability. Alex has represented clients on appeal to the Ninth Circuit and Arizona Courts of Appeals.
Alex attended the University of Arizona for his undergraduate degree and received his juris doctor, Magna Cum Laude, from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona in 2014. Prior to joining Mesch Clark Rothschild, Alex spent time working in Argentina and was a law clerk for Arizona Court of Appeals Judge Joseph Howard. Alex wrote for the Arizona Law Review and co-authored numerous law review articles while in law school. Alex also interned for SALA during law school (2012) by assisting clients in bankruptcy clinics. Alex shared that his very first experience practicing law with a client was here at SALA!
In addition to Alex’s legal practice and volunteerism, he has four children. Alex has a busy full life and SALA is honored to be one of the organizations that benefit from Alex’s commitment to Tucson’s community! Alex’s example of co-counseling with a staff attorney at SALA is yet another way to be involved in the volunteer efforts of VLP/SALA. We encourage more attorneys to join us!