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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.
Jessica CharnigaManaging Attorney
Jessica CharnigaManaging Attorney en Newark
Jessica Charniga is an attorney licensed to practice law in both NJ & NY specializing in Immigration Law. Ms. Charniga attended Seton Hall Law School and has Master’s Degree in Global Affairs from Rutgers University and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from Emory University.
She holds the Managing Attorney position in our Newark office.
Ms. Charniga is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Seham ElmalakAttorney en Newark
Ms. Seham K. Elmalak is an attorney at the Romero Firm. 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.
Carol AguiluAttorney en Newark
Graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico in Cayey, Puerto Rico, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in social sciences in 2012. That same year, she was admitted to the University of Puerto Rico Law School, where she obtained her Juris Doctor degree and participated as Editor of the Law School Review and team member of the Nilita Vientós Writing Competition and Miguel Velazquez Rivera Debate. Additionally, she was a member of the Workers’ Rights Pro Bono. During her last year, she advocated for indigent immigrants in the Legal Aid Clinic of the University of Puerto Rico finding reliefs such as family petitions, naturalizations, removal proceedings, prosecutorial discretion and adjustments of status. At the same time, she completed an internship in the highest court of Puerto Rico with the Honorable Justice Edgardo Rivera Garcia from the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico.
Attorney Aguilú worked for the Frontera Suau Law Offices where she practiced labor law and defended workers’ rights, as well as corporate law, contract law, torts, real estate among others. She would always stand out in her work for the community helping children, adolescents and the elderly in diverse scenarios. During November 2017, The Romero Firm recruited her to work at their Main Office situated in Newark, New Jersey.
Doris UrenaAttorney en Newark
Doris Urena Vasquez is an associate attorney at the The Romero Firm. She is licensed to practice in the State of New Jersey. She earned her Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark. She pursued a double major in Political Science and Psychology and minored in Labor Studies with a concentration in Law and the Workplace at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.
Prior to becoming a lawyer, she volunteered for North New Jersey Legal Services aiding low-income families and maintained several legal internships where she amassed incredible knowledge and experience in many areas of the law. She also participated in several workshops, speaking publicly to inform immigrant communities about their immigration rights and other relevant legal topics. She has always been very passionate about helping those in need.
She is well-rounded and has experience with a variety of legal practice areas, including but not limited to, immigration, family, municipal, and criminal matters. Her goal is to provide quality representation while maintaining a professional and ethical relationship with her clients.
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.
Maria Clara SalvaiGeneral Firm Coordinator
Maria Clara SalvaiGeneral Firm Coordinator en Newark en Corona en Plainfield en Union City en Manhattan en Falls Church en Houston en Los Angeles
Mrs. Salvai is a graduate of The Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina (Universidad Católica Argentina) and Boston University, with a Doctorate in Law with Emphasis in Criminology and a Master’s in Criminal Sciences.
She had been working in the legal field since 2004 and had continued expanding her legal knowledge in Boston University and Cornell University while still working in Immigration Law since 2012 on a high daily basis including managing different kind of Visas and several Perms and Green Cards applications and many others.
She had also worked in criminal prosecution cases to get the best defense and answers for the immigration clients her Firm was representing.
Her early interests were focused on criminal defense and a very high desire to follow a career as a Criminal Judge, career that she is honored to have devoted 3 years of training, is that passion to constantly pursue a higher level of skills and accurate judgement that still is present in her work daily, where a balance of comprehension between the many different clients and attorneys is created in order to make precise decisions.
She is an advocate for same-sex rights and Immigrants, believing that all individuals should be protected equally by the Law.
Her interest is to highlight the importance of the psychological aspect and the emotional character of the client. This helps to make them feel not only understood but accompanied and comfortable in an ongoing process since each case and Client is unique and deserves a custom solution.
She manages Spanish, English, Italian as well Portuguese Language.
David GuerreroParalegal 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
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.
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.
Mary Ann ChaseAssistant
Mary Ann ChaseAssistant en Newark
Joan OrejuelaManaging Attorney
Joan OrejuelaManaging Attorney en Plainfield en Union City en Houston en Los Angeles
Attorney Orejuela has a wide range of experience in immigration issues, including non-immigrant visas, labor certification applications and autonomous, family or employment-based migratory appeals.
She graduated from Seton Hall University in 2012 with a degree in Humanities before joining the Law School of the same university, from which she graduated in 2015. Ms. Orejuela is enrolled in the New York State Bar Association Sweater.
Ms. Orejuela has served as a legal intern in the Office of the General Counsel of the Executive Office of Immigration Review of the United States Department of Justice.
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.
Robert UlonManaging Attorney
Robert UlonManaging Attorney en Manhattan
Robert C. Ulon is the Managing Attorney of our Manhattan office. Represents clients seeking asylum or cancellation of the expulsion order in the immigration courts of New York and New Jersey. In addition, attorney Ulon has represented clients in administrative cases before the USCIS, in criminal courts and in family matters.
While in law school, he was a member of the Urban Legal Clinic of Rutgers-Newark Law School and the Constitutional Litigation Clinic. His experience with the law includes an internship with the Criminal Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey in Passaic County.
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.
Hector Perez-CasillasManaging Attorney
Hector Perez-CasillasManaging Attorney en Falls Church
Hector Perez-Casillas is the Managing Attorney of our Falls Church Office, which serves clients in the Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC area. He received his B.A. in Latin American Studies from The George Washington University, and his J.D. from the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law. While in law school, he was a student in the Immigration and Human Rights Law clinic. After law school, he focused on working with detained individuals in removal proceedings in Tacoma, WA. Since 2013, he has been in private practice.
In addition to being an attorney, Hector serves as an officer in the Virginia Army National Guard
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.