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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.
Diego A DiazCriminal Defense Attorney
Diego A DiazCriminal Defense Attorney en Manhattan
Diego A. Diaz serves as Of Counsel to the Romero Firm. Diego earned his B. A., with distinction, from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from Columbia Law School.
Diego brings his extensive experience in government to serving clients of the firm. For eight years, Diego served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, where he tried numerous cases to verdict. He began his career in the Trial Division, where he prosecuted a wide variety of offenses including attempted murder, robbery, assault, burglary, firearms possession, narcotics, and identity theft. Diego later served in the Financial Frauds Bureau where he investigated and prosecuted white collar crimes, including schemes to defraud, embezzlement, and attorney misconduct. Diego was also part of the Immigrant Affairs Unit, where he specialized in prosecuting frauds that targeted members of the immigrant community. As a prosecutor, Diego handled several high-profile matters that were covered publications such as the New York Times, GQ, and the New York Post.
Diego is admitted to practice law in New York. He is the proud son of immigrants and fluent in Spanish.
Gilbert BayonneCriminal Defense Attorney
Gilbert BayonneCriminal Defense Attorney en Manhattan
Gilbert Bayonne joined The Romero Firm as an associate in 2019. Gilbert earned his J.D. from Southern University Law Center. While in law school, Gilbert was a member of the SULC Moot Court Board, and served as an editor on the Southern University Law Review. Gilbert also represented clients charged with felony and misdemeanor crimes through the SULC Criminal Law Clinic.
Gilbert is committed to the professional and rigorous representation of those accused of crimes. His in-depth experience includes representing clients charged with felonious and misdemeanor crimes.
Prior to joining the criminal defense bar, Gilbert served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Bronx District Attorney’s Office in the Narcotics and Gang Investigations Bureau. It was while with the Bronx District Attorney’s Office that he laid the foundation to become a successful trial lawyer.
Gilbert is admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York, and is a member of the New York State Bar Association. Gilbert is a first-generation Haitian-American and is fluent in Haitian Creole.
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.
Ricardo CardonaAttorney en Newark
During his student years, Attorney Cardona participated as a lawyer-student in the legal services clinic of his law school, where he handled juvenile justice cases. Upon graduating, he began working as a Paralegal for the Juvenile Justice Unit of the legal services clinic of his law school.
A short time later, Attorney Cardona began working as a Complaints Examiner for the Office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions of Puerto Rico (OCFI), where he combined his law and finance studies to enforce Puerto Rico’s banking and financial laws. In 2008 he was promoted to the position of Administrative Judge, which he held until 2017. During his years as an Examiner, Attorney Cardona investigated consumer complaints against financial institutions in Puerto Rico. Upon being appointed Administrative Judge, he worked adjudicating and resolving complaints or providing alternatives for dispute resolution between the parties.
In 2017 he was again promoted to the position of Legal Advisor of the OCFI. Then, Attorney Cardona, advised the Commissioner in the implementation of public policy, state and federal laws and regulations, contracts that affect the relationship between consumers and financial institutions in Puerto Rico.
While he worked at OCFI, Attorney Cardona was part of the Financial Education Committee, through which he gave talks and wrote articles related to personal finance to help people from different social groups (including immigrants) understand the importance of financial education.
Despite having maintained a practice of more than 15 years in banking and financial law, Attorney Cardona has always had a vocation to help the neediest immigrants, and due to family circumstances (married to a Dominican woman, whom he wanted to help obtain his American citizenship) he became interested in preparing academically by taking advanced courses, and practicing immigration law by integrating to our law firm.
- Bachelor’s degree in Business Adm from University of Puerto Rico (Mayaguez, Puerto Rico) on 1999
- Juris Doctor from Eugenio M. De Hostos Law School (Mayaguez, Puerto Rico) on 2003
- Master’s degree with a major in Finance (Magna Cumlaude) from Interamerican University of Puerto Rico (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
- Started working for the Office of the Commissioner of Financial Institutions in 2004 as a Complaints Examiner
Sae-Jung LeeAttorney en Newark
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.
Jose CastilloParalegal en Newark
Jose Castillo was born and raised in Lima, Peru. He came to the United States at the age of 15 with a hunger to succeed.
Jose Castillo Graduated from Hudson Community College. Obtained an associate degree in Liberal Arts – Business. Placed in Dean’s list for three consecutive years and was awarded Government Scholarship for outstanding academic performance
Currently, he is a student at Newark Rutgers Business Taking the last few classes (online) to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Finance. Member of the Rutgers Peruvian American Student Organization.
Passionate in Real Estate Investing. He purchased his first rental property at the age of 26.
Seven years of legal experience. Jose Castillo had worked in different areas of law such as: Real Estate, Family Law, Special Civil Law, Personal Injury, and Corporate Law. Having worked in different fast-paced work environments in NJ and NY has granted him the necessary guidance and autonomy to take ownership of his cases.
The Romero Firm, his first encounter with immigration, which has solidified his understanding of what really is his legal passion “Help the hispanic community”.
Veronica FelicianoParalegal en Newark
Veronica Feliciano was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New Jersey. She obtained her High School Diploma through Passaic County Community College.
Ms. Feliciano graduated from Star Career Academy with a degree in Surgical Technology. Ms. Feliciano also attended Southern New Hampshire University to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
Coming from a family where her father is from Guatemala, and she has family from El Salvador and Jamaica, it is where Ms. Feliciano’s passion for Immigration grew and she decided to become a Paralegal in the Immigration Field.
During her spare time, she enjoys helping others through ESL studies and has worked as a Certified Translator for USCIS interviews.
Silvia IlasParalegal en Newark
Silvia Ilas was born and raised in Bucharest, Romania. When she moved to the United States, she graduated from Fort Lee High School and then graduated from John Jay of Criminal Justice with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Currently, she is studying to graduate from Fairleigh Dickinson University to get her Paralegal Certificate.
Ms. Silvia Ilas has five years of legal experience and her passion for Immigration came from a young age, when going through the same Immigration process, together with her family, Ms. Silvia Ilas wanted and continues to help immigrant people, bring smiles on their faces and letting them know that with patience, everything is possible!
She is fluent in English, Romanian, and Spanish.
Carmen PerezReceptionist en Newark
Mary Ann ChaseAssistant
Mary Ann ChaseAssistant en Newark
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.
Elizabeth OlayaAttorney en Corona
Elizabeth Olaya Marquez graduated from The George Washington University Law School in 2016. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree, summa cum laude, in Political Science with a Minor in Criminal Justice at Florida International University.
Born in Peru and raised in Miami, Florida, Attorney Olaya Marquez knows the struggles of the immigrant community. She uses her law degree to empower immigrants to face and overcome the struggles she once faced too as an immigrant.
Stephanie RodriguezParalegal en Corona
Stephanie Rodriguez earned her Bachelor of Business Administration Magna Cum laude in Business Administration with a Minor in Computer Science from Lehman College.
Ms. Rodriguez joint The Romero Firm i 2018 and since then her passion for immigration has increased. Ms. Rodriguez is fluent in Spanish thanks to her Dominican roots.
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 TejadaParalegal en Corona
Yuleiss Tejada was born in the Bronx, New York from Dominican parents. She spent her entire childhood visiting the country, familiarizing herself with her roots in the process.
Yuleiss obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology, and her Master’s degree in Criminal Justice, both at the University at Albany.
Growing up in the Bronx, New York, a borough well-known for its diversity, exposed Yuleiss to a variety of different cultures. One thing, however, that brought all these cultures together was their ambition and drive to seek a better future. Working in an immigration law firm has proven to be very rewarding, considering that she can now help the same people she grew up amongst, remain in the United States and gain legal status.
Hadel FirpoParalegal en Corona
Hadel Firpo graduated from the University of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 2009. Shortly after, started working on family cases at her family law firm in the Dominican Republic.
After moving to the United States, she began her studies as an immigration paralegal specialized in family petitions and consular processes. She is passionate about working with the immigrant community and helping them achieve their American dream.
Diana RomeroParalegal en Corona
Diana Romero is a Lawyer from the School of Law at Saint Tomas University in Colombia. She worked in a Prosecutor Office since when she was studying gaining tons of experience to provide better service to her clients in her Country. Upon her arrival in the United States in 2012, she studied English and she discovered her passion for Immigration Law and that’s her reason she started working as a paralegal.
She found her passion for this field because she considered herself as an immigrant, so she is happy helping others in her community since she got here.
Berta IdrovoReceptionist en Corona
Fernando SandovalAssistant en Corona en Manhattan
Lucianne AvellanetAttorney en Falls Church
Lucianne Avellanet is a Puertorrican Attorney bilingual in Spanish and English. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus in 2004.
In 2009 she obtained her Juris Doctor with Honors from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law. Lucianne has been a member in good standing of the Puerto Rico Supreme Court bar since 2010, and in the U.S. District Court for the Puerto Rico District since 2013.
Her interest in Immigration Law made her pursue a Masters in International Law from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC, where she obtained her degree in 2017. Lucianne has experience handling immigration matters is at both the public and private sectors.
In 2016 she served as a legal intern at the Office of Chief Counsel of U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services in Washington, DC, and in 2017 she worked as an immigration attorney for a small firm in Alexandria, VA.
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 en Houston en Los Angeles
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.
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.
Terry VaricelliAssistant en Union City
Terry D. Varicelli was born and raised in West New York, New Jersey. Mr. Varicelli graduated from Union City high school. Later attend Rowan University with a major in Pre-law and economics and New York law school where he attends summer classes toward his Juris Doctor degree in several fields such as criminal law, contract law, civil law, and immigration.
Mr. Varicelli has experience with municipal courts where he was an intern. And founded a startup that looks to help local businesses call Reach Media Marketing which offers an array of services including contracts.
Ruth JimenezParalegal en Plainfield
Lillianett LopezParalegal en Plainfield
Lillianett López joined The Romero Firm in June of 2018. Lillianett is an immigration paralegal who works with a diverse base of clients and difficult immigration cases.
Lillianett has over 3 years of immigration experience. She has worked with business and individual cases based on employment and family-based for immigrant and non-immigrant.
She is responsible for the preparation of immigration requests, motions, personal statements, client relations, court communication, general concern with cases and interpreter when necessary.