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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.
Eugenia MendozaManaging Attorney
Eugenia MendozaManaging Attorney en Newark en Queens en Manhattan 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.
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
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
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.
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”.
Ruth JimenezParalegal en Newark
Samia AlkhaliliParalegal 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.
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.