Legal Assistant

Jessica Cebalt


  • 2015; Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University


Having immigrated to the United States at the age of five, Marcos A. Tapia utilizes the lessons learned through a strong work ethic and problem solving attitude to identify and achieve the goals and objectives of his clients. Marcos focuses his practice on civil and commercial litigation with an emphasis in contract disputes, real estate disputes, and business disputes. Marcos also serves as outside general counsel to many entrepreneurs and companies.

While Marcos assists individual and corporate clients of all sizes, as a native Spanish speaker, Marcos particularly enjoys assisting clients in the Latinx community. To that end, among other things, Marcos is currently the Immediate Past President of Los Abogados, Arizona’s Hispanic Bar Association, where he serves as a liaison to the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Marcos also has experience as a real estate salesperson, loan originator and a relationship and business banker for a major regional bank.

As a result, since becoming an attorney, Marcos has been recognized as a “Top Lawyer Under 40” by the Hispanic National Bar Association, a “Rising Star” honoree by the Arizona Chapter of the American Cancer Society, and was featured on the “Who’s Next” list, honoring up and coming leaders, by The Arizona Republic. Marcos is also a graduate of the esteemed State Bar of Arizona’s Bar Leadership Institute, a graduate of the prestigious Valle Del Sol’s Hispanic Leadership Institute, and a graduate (Class 39) of the prominent Valley Leadership Institute.

While in law school, Marcos received the CALI Award for Academic Excellence for his Legal Writing Substantial Paper and was selected by one of Arizona’s largest firms in the selective Maricopa County Bar Association’s Diversity Writing Program. Further, Marcos was a proud member of the Chicano/Latino Law Students Association (CLLSA), where he served as President. Marcos also served on the Executive Board/Editor for the Law Journal for Social Justice. Outside of the classroom Marcos further honed his legal writing and advocacy skills as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Susan R. Bolton at the United States District Court for the District of Arizona and as a judicial Extern for the Honorable Mary H. Murguia at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Upon graduation from law school, the Maricopa County Bar Foundation, American Bar Association, Maricopa County Bar Association, and the Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association had all recognized Marcos as a top diverse student scholar. Marcos was also awarded the Dean’s Award for outstanding performance at the College of Law and was honored with the highest distinction for Pro Bono hours completed, placing in the top five students in his graduating class.

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