Soledad, Esq. immigrated to the United States from Germany at
age of seventeen. While being a German citizen, he is of Filipino
descent. At the time when he entered college at the University
he was a
non-traditional student in almost every sense, like so many of our
Mission College students. He was over the age of 21, an ESL student,
from a single-parent family with seven siblings, raised in a foster
home, first-generation college student, full-time employed, living
independently, and a member of the Nevada
Army National Guard, he was a Crew Chief for the CH47-D Chinook
helicopter (MOS 67U). He completed his Advanced Individual Training at
Fort Eustis, VA on top of his class and earned recognition as
"Distinguished Honor Graduate". During his military career he
received various awards including the ArmyService Medal and Nevada
Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service.
At the same time, he became the first minority President of a Greek organization on a predominately white campus. He was also every involved on and around campus, from student government to university hiring committees. Eventually, he was awarded with a certificate of recognition by the Board of Regents for his contributions to UNR and nominated for "Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities".
After he received a Bachelor of Science in Finance, with a minor in Economics from UNR, he attended Rutgers School of Law-Newark where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 2004. During his time at Rutgers he was an editor of the Race and the Law Review, a facilitator for the Minority Student Program, and clerked for the New Jersey Superior Court.
After passing the Bar exam in California, he participated as a Project Attorney on various large scale litigations involving issues from anti-trust, IP and Medicare fraud. He also works pro bono through Public Counsel for the Federal Bankruptcy Court advising indigent debtors during bankruptcy proceedings.