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Custodio Anibal RomeroAttorney/ Owner
Custodio Anibal RomeroAttorney/ Owner en Newark
Anibal Romero was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of Ecuadorian parents who taught him from an early age the importance of moral values such as honesty and perseverance. These ideals eventually became the structure of his firm. He began his studies in law at the Catholic University of Santiago of Guayaquil in Ecuador and then completed his education at Rutgers University School of Law in Newark, New Jersey. He also received his master’s degree in criminology from the State University of New York in Albany, New York.
Before launching his own law firm, Attorney Romero worked at the prestigious law firm of Dewey & Leboeuf, where he was in charge of the contractual area for multinational clients. In 2009, he established the first office of The Romero Firm in Newark, New Jersey, with the objective of providing representation services to the community and helping them through the immigration process.
Since then, his practice has extended adding new fields of expertise and reaching out to new geographical areas of the country. His passion continues to drive his efforts to support thousands of people with their legal needs.
David GuerreroFirm Coordinator
David GuerreroFirm Coordinator en Newark
David Guerrero is an Ecuadorian-American who was raised in Ecuador. He graduated from high school in Ecuador. Mr. Guerrero returned to the United States at age 17. He studied Information and Communications Technology at Rutgers University. Mr. Guerrero started working in immigration as a part-time job during the summer of 2009. Since then he has been working for The Romero Firm with almost a decade of experience in immigration.
Fluent in English and Spanish
Fields of Experience:
- Family Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Waiver for Unlawful Presence
- Affirmative and Defensive Asylums
- US Naturalization
- Visas: VAWA Visa
Marlene GarciaManaging Attorney
Marlene GarciaManaging Attorney en Newark en Plainfield en Union City
Marlene Garcia is an associate attorney at the Newark office of The Romero Firm. Marlene is licensed to practice in the State of New Jersey and New York. She earned her Bachelor of Science cum laude in Legal Studies with a Minor in Philosophy from St. John’s University, and her Juris Doctor from Maurice A. Deane School of law at Hofstra University. While in law school, Marlene held several internships and employment in distinct areas of the law including immigration, criminal matters, civil matters, real estate law, tax law, and administrative law. Marlene also participated in her law school’s Asylum Clinic where she represented clients seeking asylum in the United States.
Marlene has experience representing clients in immigration matters before Immigration Court and USCIS, including removal defense, Asylum, family-based petitions, VAWA, U-Visa, Cancellation of Removal, adjustment of status, Naturalization applications, etc.
Marlene’s passion for immigration law stems from her Dominican ethnicity and growing up seeing the adversities of immigrants in the United States. Unhappy with the system, she decided to use her law degree to empower and assist the immigrant community.
Marlene is a member of the New York City Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, and the New Jersey and New York chapters of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She is fluent in Spanish.
Seham ElmalakAttorney en Newark
Ms. Seham K. Elmalak is the Managing Attorney at the Romero Firm Newark location.
She has experience representing detained and non-detained clients in immigration matters, including removal defense, asylum, family-based petitions, cancellation of removal, adjustment of status and naturalization applications. Ms. Elmalak also has experience handling municipal, criminal and family court matters.
Ms. Elmalak’s passion and drive to practice immigration law is rooted in her own immigration story. She was born in Cairo, Egypt and later became a naturalized citizen of the United States. Thus, she has firsthand experience in all phases of the immigration and naturalization process. Ms. Elmalak strives to provide quality representation and help clients navigate through the complicated and ever-changing immigration process.
Ms. Elmalak is a graduate of Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, where she participated in the school’s Immigration Justice Clinic, received a certificate in International Law and served as Articles Editor of the Pace Law Review and a team member of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.
Ms. Elmalak is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association and the New Jersey and New York chapters of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). She serves on the New Members Division Committee and the Law Student Liaison Committee of the New Jersey Chapter, as well as the Citizenship Day Committee of the New York Chapter.
Ms. Elmalak is an attorney licensed in New Jersey and New York. She speaks Arabic and has a working knowledge of Spanish.
Yalitza Maldonado-TorresAttorney en Newark
Yalitza M. Maldonado Torres, Esq. is an associate attorney at The Romero Firm who strives to provide high-quality legal representation to our clients. She is admitted to practice in Florida, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and Federal District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.
While studying at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor, her practical abilities were nourished by participating in internships at the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, the Puerto Rico Court of Appeals and at the Casals Advocates law firm in Barcelona, Spain. Furthermore, through her collaboration with the Civil Litigation Clinic as a student attorney, she actively litigated in federal and state courts, participated in malpractice moot courts, and effectively managed a heavy caseload.
After obtaining her Juris Doctor, Ms. Maldonado worked as a contractor paralegal at the United States Attorney’s Office, where she made recommendations to the Assistant United States Attorney for the Financial Litigation Unit as to the plausible legal strategies for the collection of numerous civil and criminal monetary impositions. Before starting with our firm, Ms. Maldonado worked as a litigation associate at Rodríguez & Maldonado Vélez, P.S.C., where she practiced Labor and Employment Law, Administrative Law, Commercial and Civil Litigation.
Cassandre LamarreOf Counsel
Cassandre LamarreOf Counsel en Newark
Cassandre Lamarre is a Haitian-American attorney with over sixteen years of legal experience. She joins The Romero Firm as Of Counsel and practices in the firms Newark office. Her areas of practice range from immigration, criminal defense and real estate.
Born and raised in New York, Cassandre attended Virginia Commonwealth University and received her Bachelor of Arts in English. She later received her Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law. After graduating from law school, she clerked for the Honorable Anthony J. Mellaci Jr. in Monmouth County, criminal division. She currently holds a position as Assistant Public Defender with the Newark Municipal Court Public Defenders Office.
Cassandre has always had a passion for immigration law and the immigration community. She has managed her own practice, and also held the position of Managing attorney in a general practice firm. She has successfully represented numerous clients in removal and asylum proceedings as well as adjustment petitions. She has represented both Buyers and Sellers in real estate closings and assists clients in resolving foreclosure matters. As a Public Defender she has developed a vast knowledge in criminal defense and traffic related matters.
Cassandre’s goalas an attorney is to provide the most honest and effective legal representation possible. She wants her clients to feel confident in the knowledge that she genuinely cares about their case and will work diligently for them.
Jessica MejiaParalegal en Newark
Ms. Jessica Mejia was born in Ecuador and immigrated to the United States at an early age along with her family. She completed her University studies obtaining her degree in Criminal Justice. She has spent over eight years working in the immigration field, a field with which she feels a deep connection as she comes from an immigrant family. Throughout these years, Ms. Mejia has developed an extensive knowledge and thorough understanding of the immigration practice. She has been an integral part of the Romero Firm for over five years. Ms. Mejia dedicates her free time volunteering with various nonprofit entities and by participating and assisting in her community.
Dulce MendozaParalegal en Newark
Dulce Mendoza is a Peruvian-American who was raised in New Jersey. She graduated high school from Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy in Elizabeth. Ms. Mendoza is currently a student at Kean University majoring in Criminal Justice and minoring in Psychology.
It was when Ms. Mendoza was in Union County College studying to become a Paralegal that she found her passion for immigration law and coming from a family of immigrants only fueled her passion to help immigrants from her community.
Ms. Mendoza has worked as an Immigration paralegal for four years. In her spare time, she volunteers at the Friends of Linden Animal Shelter.
Mary Ann ChaseAssistant
Mary Ann ChaseAssistant en Newark
Nel MejiaOffice manager
Nel MejiaOffice manager en Union City
As an office manager at The Romero Firm, Nel is both diligent and committed to his position. Nel joined the firm in 2017 after 10 years of serving as a Consular Agent and Coordinator at the Ecuadorian Consulate and the National Assembly of Ecuador in New York, respectively.
Nel has participated in different social organizations as an activist and leader in favor of the rights of the immigrants and other social causes. He obtained a BBA from Baruch College in 2014, where he reinforced his professional skills.
At The Romero Firm, Nel uses all his expertise to ensure the success of our clients.
Brenda AranivaParalegal en Union City
Ms. Araniva joined The Romero Firm in 2017 as a paralegal at our Union City office. She is currently studying at the University of New Jersey City and is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Brenda emigrated from El Salvador to the United States when she was 10 years old, going through the migrant experience like many of our customers. In our firm, Brenda brings her academic experience and social sensitivity, connecting us more to our clients.
Magybet MendezParalegal en Los Angeles
Magybet Mendez Fuentes is Paralegal in the Los Angeles office, California. In 2013 she received a paralegal study certification at Los Angeles Valley College. In 2013, she began working in the private area in cases of Immigration, including with detained immigrants.
Prior to joining The Romero Firm office, in 2016, Magybet focused on immigrant rights and low-income community service in the San Fernando Valley area as an Immigration Specialist with the Mexican National Brotherhood. During her free time she dedicate her time to help the community. She was recognized by Miguel Santiago member of the assembly, Paul Krekorian member of the Council and José Huizar member of the Council in his district for her dedication to social causes. She was also part of the Pro-Bono group of workers’ rights at Neighborhood Legal Services.
She returned in May 2018 to the private practice of Immigration law with the office The Romero Firm.
Eliset RoqueParalegal en Falls Church
Eliset graduated from the University of Havana, Cuba School of Law in 2012. Immediately after graduation, she worked at Havana’s Provincial Prosecutor Office. Upon her arrival to the United States in 2015, she discovered her passion for immigration law when she started working as a paralegal for an Immigration Law Firm in Falls Church, Virginia. She hopes to get her attorney’s license in the United States in the future to continue helping immigrants like herself to achieve their American dream.
Eugenia MendozaManaging Attorney
Eugenia MendozaManaging Attorney en Corona
Eugenia Mendoza is a Colombian attorney licensed to practice law in the State of New York and admitted to Federal Court in the Eastern District of New York.
She holds the Managing attorney position in our Corona Queens Office.
After practicing many years as an attorney in Colombia, Eugenia Mendoza obtained her Master of Law from Pace Law School, and she has been working in the United States in Immigration, Family and Matrimonial Law, Real Estate, Criminal Law and Personal Injury.
Sebastian HarleyAttorney en Corona
Sebastian Harley graduated from the University of Massachusetts Law in 2013, where he specialized in immigration law. He is licensed in Massachusetts and is certified to practice in all Immigration Courts nationwide, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
He is also currently a member of the New York chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. He has been working with the Romero Firm since 2017
Brandon PierceAttorney en Corona
Having joined The Romero Firm in July 2018, Attorney Pierce is committed to promoting and protecting the values of social justice as a driven leader in immigration and nationality law. He has legal experience serving a diverse array of clients, including non-governmental organizations, immigrant families, and indigenous communities in Central America.
Attorney Pierce believes self-understanding and relating to other cultures are key to being influential within the diverse, immigrant communities he serves in New York City.
Stephanie RodriguezParalegal en Corona
Ruth KornegayParalegal en Corona
Ruth Kornegay is a Paralegal at The Romero Firm’s Corona location.
Ms. Kornegay was born and grew up in Spain before moving to New York City, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Hunter College.
Prior to joining The Romero Firm, Ms. Kornegay worked in the area of family law, where she gained experience working with individual clients and assisting in drafting and filing legal documents in court. Ms. Kornegay is fluent in Spanish.
Yuleiss TejadaAsistente Legal
Yuleiss TejadaAsistente Legal en Corona
Berta IdrovoReceptionist en Corona