A champion for equal rights
Title: Assistant City Attorney
Name of Organization: City of Evanston
Bio: The son of Mexican immigrants and the first in his family to receive a post-secondary education, Mario Treto Jr. is passionate about using his legal knowledge to support the Latino and LGBTQ communities. In 2017, he was named one of the 40 Best Lawyers Under 40 in the country by the National LGBT Bar Association.
As lead attorney for various City of Evanston entities, Treto’s legal practice includes land use/zoning, commercial transactions, legislative drafting and municipal prosecution. Treto has drafted more than 500 ordinances and resolutions, including the Evanston Sanctuary City Ordinance, Human Rights Ordinance and Gender Neutral Restroom Ordinance — the first of its kind in Illinois. He has collaborated with municipalities to file a number of notable amicus briefs, including opposing President Trump’s travel ban and LGBTQ discrimination and supporting sanctuary cities and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Treto is the first Latino board chairman of Howard Brown Health, the largest LGBTQ organization in the Midwest. He is also involved with organizations promoting Latinos in law, including serving as the Vice-President of the Indiana University Latino Alumni Advisory Board, Region IX Deputy President for the Hispanic National Bar Association and a founding member of the Indiana University Young Alumni Steering Committee. Treto donates his legal services to the Saltbox Theatre Collective, Wills for Heroes and Chicago’s Legal Assistance Foundation. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and a law degree from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.