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Laurore B Jean-Pierre | Attorney Journey

Laurore B Jean-Pierre | Attorney Journey

October 14, 2021

Laurore B. Jean Pierre Esq is not a typical estate planning and business attorney; she is also a licensed financial advisor. Laurore is the founding partner of the first and only combined law firm with a registered financial advisory firm, JP Law and Wealth Advisors PLLC. Laurore is no stranger to being the first, as the first attorney in her family, she has always accepted the challenges and remained focused and disciplined. Her persistence is the key to her success. 

Kara S. Beaufort | Attorney Journey

Kara S. Beaufort | Attorney Journey

September 23, 2021

Kara S. Beaufort, Esq. is an experienced transactional attorney who leverages her skills to draft and negotiate legal contracts for small businesses. As the founder of Beaufort Shaws & Associates, Kara specializes in helping business owners protect their assets and grow their business.

Kara has a diverse legal background. Over the years, she has negotiated million-dollar contracts for telecommunication companies. She has served as general counsel to a school board of education and negotiated countless vendor contracts on its behalf. Now, Kara exclusively helps small businesses. She has helped entrepreneurs protect their interest in the following fields: nonprofits, real estate companies, medical professionals, marketing professionals, franchisee owners, social media influencers, and a plethora of service and goods-based businesses.

Kara is passionate about protecting her client’s interest, and it shows in the quality of her work. As a skilled litigator and negotiator, Kara has a proven track record of achieving excellent results. With her passion reflecting the embodiment of her legal expertise, Kara has developed the key sense of strategy to help meet clients’ unique set of needs and desired outcomes. Her goal is to work with clients identifying their areas of vulnerability and legal liability while suggesting contracts to protect their interests.

Pamela Vallero | Attorney Journey

Pamela Vallero | Attorney Journey

May 24, 2021

Pamela Vallero is a trial attorney at Gruenberg Law. Pamela fights for the rights of those who have been subjected to unlawful discrimination, wrongful termination, and retaliation. Pamela is a native Spanish speaker and routinely counsels clients in that language. 


Pamela grew up in Medellin, Colombia and moved back to the U.S. in her teens. She is a first generation American, college graduate, and now attorney. Her parents are both Colombian and now reside on the East Coast. She is one of three sisters.


Pamela joined Gruenberg Law in 2017. Since then, Pamela has worked as trial counsel recovering millions for her clients. As trial counsel, Pamela recently obtained a $1.1 million jury verdict for a janitor who suffered disability discrimination by her employer, a large national company. It was the second largest civil rights jury verdict in San Diego County in 2019. Pamela has accumulated a track record of standing up to businesses that violate the law.


Prior to joining Gruenberg Law, Pamela served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Charles W. Dortch, Jr., in the Superior Court of New Jersey. Before becoming a judicial law clerk, Pamela served as a judicial extern to both Magistrate Judge William V. Gallo and District Court Judge Roger T. Benitez, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.


Pamela obtained her B.S. from Georgia Southern University in 2007 and then received her J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2015. She lived in Korea between 2008 and 2012 where she taught Spanish and English.


Pamela maintains memberships with the following organizations for attorneys: the California Lawyers’ Association Labor and Employment Law Section; the San Diego County Bar Association; San Diego La Raza Association; Consumer Attorneys of San Diego; San Diego Lawyers’ Club; Women of Color in the Law; the American Bar Association; the Federal Bar Association, Latinas in the Law; and The Louis M. Welsh American Inn of Court.


Pamela has been a speaker at employment law-focused seminars with Ellevate Network, the Military Spouse J.D. Network, Las Valientes – God’s Heart Ministries. Pamela routinely speaks on Spanish-speaking radio and television networks, including La Poderosa and NBC San Diego.


In her spare time, Pamela enjoys exploring new things with her six-month-old daughter, Olivia, going to the dog beach with her puppy, Goku, and playing chess and scrabble with her husband, David.



IG handle: @pamvallero which will soon become @ladefensoradeltrabajador

Evelyn Hahn | Attorney Journey

Evelyn Hahn | Attorney Journey

March 14, 2021

Evelyn Hahn is a compassionate immigration attorney and a Managing Partner at David Hirson & Partners, LLP, which is a full-service immigration law firm, headquartered in Costa Mesa, California with branch offices in Seattle, Washington and New York City, managing around 20 staff internally and assisting both corporate and individual clients from over 30+ countries.


Her passion in immigration law deeply ingrained in her because she was one of them and personally underwent the same immigration process herself. Having a full understanding of how difficult, challenging and complex the entire immigration process can be based on her personal experience, her goal is to help each of her clients, both corporate and individual clients, to expand into new opportunities, overcome obstacles, and ultimately achieve their immigration goals in the U.S. She truly believes in helping her corporate clients move around/hire talented foreign national employees to work on their critical projects in the U.S. as well as individual clients achieve their American Dream just like she did. 


She represents both corporate/business clients and individual clients on all aspects of immigration law, including business, investment, and family immigration as well as immigration litigation. 


Evelyn represents small, mid-size and large companies, both domestic and multinational companies, hospitals and other healthcare related facilities, entertainment companies, as well as non-profit and religious organizations and successfully filed hundreds of employment-based non-immigrant visas, including E-2, H-1B, J-1, K-1, L-1, O-1, R-1, and TN visas as well as immigrant visas, including PERM labor certifications, and EB-1 (EB-1-1, EB-1-2, and EB-1-3), EB-2 including the National Interest Waivers, EB-3, and EB-4 immigrant petitions. She also advises her corporate clients about the immigration consequences of mergers, acquisitions, corporate restructuring, employer sanctions, and immigration law audits including labor condition applications and I-9 verification.


She also focuses her practice on EB-5 investment immigration, representing both individual investors on I-526’s and I-829’s and regional centers and project developers on all aspects of the EB-5 program, including regional center creation, establishment of new EB-5 projects by filing the Form I-924’s, and the EB-5 program compliance in general.


Evelyn also has significant litigation experience in representing immigration clients in federal court, successfully filing writ of mandamus actions and securing temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions until such cases ultimately reach a settlement, resulting in final approvals.


Evelyn has spoken at several conferences, seminars, webinars and other speaking engagements, covering various immigration topics. She is licensed to practice law in California and District of Columbia. She is fluent in English and Korean.


The firm’s website is, her email is, her Instagram is attorney_evelynh, and her profile is available on LinkedIn as well.

Esther Noh | Attorney Journey

Esther Noh | Attorney Journey

March 11, 2021

Esther S. Noh passionately practices immigration and nationality law. Ms. Noh is a first generation Korean-American who grew up in Anchorage, Alaska.

Ms. Noh focuses her practice on defending immigrants in complex removal proceedings before the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR), who face the threat of deportation. She has successfully sought bonds for clients from ICE detention facilities and defended clients in removal proceedings.

Ms. Noh also counsels domestic and foreign businesses and investors in obtaining business related visas for their workforce. Ms. Noh specializes in E-2 nonimmigrant investor petitions. She has vast experience with clients across diverse industries including consumer goods, technology, engineering, oil and gas services, manufacturing, and transportation.

Ms. Noh received her J.D. from Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Additionally, Ms. Noh studied immigration law abroad at the University of Puerto Rico Law School in San Juan, Puerto Rico. While in law school, she was selected for a fellowship at Equal Justice Works of America serving indigent clients at Lone Star Legal Aid in Houston, Texas. She was also selected by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund to join the Immigrant Access to Justice Department in New York, New York.

Ms. Noh co-founded the first Korean American Bar Association of Texas and serves as the president, serves as legal counsel for the Board of Directors for the Korean Language School in Houston and serves as the community liaison for the Korean American Society of Houston. Ms. Noh enjoys skiing, playing tennis, and traveling.

More information about Esther Noh and her law firm can be found on her website,, IG @esnlawfirm, FB @esnlawfirm and tiktok at @esnlawfirm. 

Taly Goody | Attorney Journey

Taly Goody | Attorney Journey

February 23, 2021

Taly is a Los Angeles native and the founder of Goody Law Group, LLP.  She was raised by Iranian immigrant parents in Torrance, California and is fluent in Farsi.  She attended the University of California, Irvine (UCI), where she was President of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.  She graduated from UC Irvine with a BA in International Studies with a focus on Africa & the Middle East.


Taly attended the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego.  There, she received the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence for her legal writing class.  During law school, she was a member of MELSA (Middle Eastern Law School Association) and later became the President of MELSA.  She graduated law school cum laude in 2014.  Thereafter, Taly began working at a boutique law firm in Century City, specializing in art transactions and business litigation.

Taly always knew she wanted to be a leader and business owner, so she started her own law firm in September 2019 focusing primarily on personal injury and employment law.  In addition to running her own law firm, Taly mentors many aspiring lawyers from high school, college, law school, and beyond.  She hosts monthly seminars for prospective law students on various legal topics.  More information about Taly and Goody Law Group can be found at  Follow Taly on TikTok at @TalyGoodyEsq, on Instagram @TalyGoodyEsq, and her law firm account on Instagram is @GoodyLawGroup.

Kimberley Felton | Attorney Journey

Kimberley Felton | Attorney Journey

February 23, 2021

Kimberley Felton is a 2018 graduate of Albany Law School

with a Juris Doctor in the Law. Prior to attending Albany

Law, she graduated from the College of Saint Rose with a

Bachelor’s in political science & history. Kim has known

since a young age that going into the legal field was her

calling. Upon stumbling into immigration law in August

2016, she has never looked back. She graduated law

school with over 1,300 hours of pro bono service and vast

immigration experience. In June 2019, she started a business called Innovation Litigation, providing contract-based work to immigration lawyers. Once she had a taste of running a business, she was certain that she wanted to run a firm. In October 2020 she opened Onward Immigration, a virtual immigration law firm that serves immigrants seeking to gain status in the United States. She was admitted to practice in the State of Minnesota in August 2020, which is when she got to work building Onward Immigration. She spends her time learning how to better serve the immigration community, seeking to find various avenues to help each client obtain their ultimate immigration goal. Onward Immigration seeks to change the game for what it means to have an immigration attorney, and to change the fractured trust between the immigration community and the legal profession. Kim resides in New York with her husband and their kids. She is the mom of two boys, both who she had during law school & immediately after graduating. In addition, she has two fur babies named Bubba & Loki.


To get ahold of Kim or Onward Immigration:

(347) 669-2730


For contract legal services through Innovation Litigation:

Nina Burgos | Attorney Journey

Nina Burgos | Attorney Journey

February 23, 2021

Nina is an Associate Partner at Dabdoub Law Firm, a Miami-based plaintiff’s
disability insurance and ERISA law firm. Born in Chile and raised in Miami,
Florida, Geannina (Nina) Burgos is a first-generation lawyer. She has
dedicated her entire legal career to representing those who are entitled to
disability benefits from insurance companies.
Nina represents clients nationwide through the entire process: from filing an
initial claim to appealing disability denials to litigating benefits in federal and
state courts. While majority of the cases that Nina handles fall under a federal law called the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), she also handles individual disability claims governed by state law.
Because her legal career has focused on one area of the law, Nina has
significant experience handling just about any disability issue. She has
represented clients with disability claims with every major disability insurance company in the United States, and she has acquired extensive knowledge on many medical conditions, including Trigeminal neuropathy, Myasthenia Gravis, Chronic Migraines, ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Back Pain, and Parkinson’s Disease to name a few.

Education & Background
Nina is a classically trained ballet, modern, and flamenco dancer. Before
going to law school, she managed a multi-site nonprofit arts education
organization for several years and danced professionally in local companies.
Nina holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Communications and a MBA in

A graduate of Florida International College of Law’s evening program, Nina
received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Mediation—the highest
honor for the course. During her studies she served as the vice-president of
FIU Law’s Women’s Law Society and had a summer judicial clerkship under
the Honorable Judge Barbara Lagoa in the Third District Court of Appeal.
As a participant in FIU Law’s Community Development Clinic, she provided
legal guidance to local South Florida small businesses and non-profit
organizations. Several organizations awarded Nina academic fellowships
during law school including Young Lawyers’ Division of the Florida Bar, the
American Society of Public Administrators, the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, and the Ruden McClosky Foundation.

Nina is an active member of the non-profit arts community, sitting on the
boards of multiple culture-driven organizations and has volunteered as a grant panelist for several cultural funding institutions. She serves as a mentor for business and law students as well as recent graduates. Nina is proud to have returned to her alma mater, serving as an adjunct professor of legal writing at FIU Law.

If you or someone you know has a disability claim, or is thinking about filing
for disability, contact Nina’s firm at 1-888-812-0393 or visit

Social media handles:
Facebook: Geannina Burgos
Instagram: @geanninaburgos
Twitter: @geanninaburgos



Firm website:

Ify Ononogbu | Attorney Journey

Ify Ononogbu | Attorney Journey

February 20, 2021

Ify Ononogbu is an immigration and family law practitioner in Dallas, Texas. She assists in reuniting families through family based immigration, deportation defense, child custody, modifications and divorces. She studied international studies at Baylor University and got her JD from American University Washington College of Law and her LLM in European Union Law from Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, Spain. After working and studying law in several countries including the United States, Spain, Colombia and Peru, she opened her own boutique law firm in Dallas, Texas ..Law Office of Ify Ononogbu. She is a lawyer that listens and is in your corner. She resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband Chike and their dog, Arya.

Kelicia Letlow-Peroune | Attorney Journey

Kelicia Letlow-Peroune | Attorney Journey

February 19, 2021

Kelicia Letlow-Peroune, the founder of KYL Law Firm, is a native of Guyana and was called to the bar in Ontario Canada. Kelicia represents clients before the Federal Court of Canada, as well as the Immigration Tribunals within the Immigration and Refugee Board. She has extensive knowledge of the Canadian immigration system, having successfully challenged humanitarian and compassionate application refusals, denial of refugee claims and detention orders, to name a few. Kelicia’s specialized skill set also includes assisting families with complex, emotionally challenging family law cases, which include custody/access and child protection matters. Over the years, she has assisted clients from over twenty countries, some of which include the Philippines, India, United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia, Nigeria, The Central African Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, and the United States of America. Prior to starting her own law practice, Kelicia worked and volunteered with community, nongovernmental, and international organizations and she is passionate about social justice. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Women’s Law Association of Ontario, and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers. If you have questions about Immigration or Family Law or want to connect with Kelicia, reach out to her on Instagram or Facebook at kyllawfirm. Further information about KYL Law Firm is available at

Bibi Fell | Attorney Journey

Bibi Fell | Attorney Journey

February 19, 2021

Bibi Fell is routinely recognized as one of the top plaintiff lawyers in the nation. Bibi’s record-breaking results include a $105,000,000.00 verdict, the largest Intentional Tort Verdict in California in 2018, the second-largest overall verdict in 2018, and a top-ten verdict nationwide. Because of her track record, insurance companies know Bibi is willing to go to trial.


Bibi’s philosophy is to maintain a small caseload so every client gets the attention they deserve. At Fell Law, PC, clients are treated like family.


Follow Bibi on Instagram @felllawpc

Leslie Perez Perez | Attorney Journey

Leslie Perez Perez | Attorney Journey

February 13, 2021

Attorney Leslie Perez Perez was born and raised in Cuba and came to the United States at the age of 24. She was an attorney in Cuba; however, due to the government's complete disregard for human rights, She was forced to abandon my roots in search of a better judicial system. Within 5 years in the United States, she was admitted as an attorney in the State of Florida.


In 2017, Lisbet Velazquez, Esq. (also a born and raised Cuban) and her founded their firm, VPP LAW FIRM. As they both understand first-hand the challenges that come with the language barrier they are very passionate to advocate for those who don’t clearly understand their rights. Our doors remain open for those in need of legal representation.


Currently, Attorney Leslie Perez Perez continues to expand their law firm. Specifically, she specializes in  real estate law, contract law, and civil litigation defense. Attorney Leslie Perez Perez has been able to successfully help clients not only buy the home of their dreams but also refinance. Call her at (305) 549-8280 or find VPP Law Firm on Instagram and Facebook, you will not regret it!

Lisbet Velazquez | Attorney Journey

Lisbet Velazquez | Attorney Journey

February 13, 2021

Lisbet Velazquez came to the United States at the tender age of 17, not speaking the native language and not knowing what specific path to pursue in her life. She excelled in her school work and eventually got accepted into the University of Florida where her passion for law and politics started to grow. After graduating from the university of Florida she completed her Juris Doctor degree in the Shepard Broad College of Law at Nova Southeastern University in 2015, she started her career as a litigator.

Currently, she is one of the founding partners at VPP LAW FIRM and has focused her career as a civil litigator. Specifically, she specializes in property insurance, contract law, and defamation cases. Attorney Velazquez has successfully recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars for our clients.

You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @VPPLawFirm


Norma Sepulveda | Attorney Journey

Norma Sepulveda | Attorney Journey

January 31, 2021

Norma Sepulveda received her J.D. from The Thurgood Marshall School of Law and was licensed by the State of Texas in 2010 and licensed in the Southern District of Texas in 2011. Norma also serves on AILA’s Southern Border Taskforce and serves as AILA’s EOIR liaison in South Texas.


Norma Sepulveda has been practicing primarily immigration and criminal defense since 2010. In 2011, Norma opened The Law Office of Norma Sepulveda, PLLC in Harlingen, TX and since then has been its principal attorney. She chose to open her firm right on the border, where it can have the greatest impact in defensive immigration. The Law Office of Norma Sepulveda is committed to serving the immigrant community in Texas and all over the U.S. by offering expert, highly personalized immigration and criminal defense.


Whenever she is not working, Norma loves spending time with her husband of nearly 20 years and their two boys.

Connect with her on Instagram @abogadanorma

Connect with her on TikTok @tximmigrationlawyer

Connect with her on Facebook @abogadanorma


Brianna Phillips | Attorney Journey

Brianna Phillips | Attorney Journey

January 30, 2021

Brianna Phillips is a Northern California native, but has acquired her knowledge and education in many different places. She pursued her Undergraduate Degree at Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana. She acquired her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sports Management. Brianna was the May 2016 Valedictorian of her class at Grambling State University.

Brianna immediately began Law School after receiving her undergraduate degree. She attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2019. Brianna served as a Senior Editor and the Articles Selection Editor during her tenure with the TJSL Law Review. Brianna also found her love for Trademarks and Mediations when she participated in both the TJSL Trademark Clinic and Mediation Clinic.

After graduating Law School, Brianna moved back to Northern California to study for the July 2019 bar. After long hours of studying and substantial stress, Brianna passed the California Bar, one of the hardest Bar in the Nation, on her first try and was admitted to practice law in the state of California in December 2019.

Brianna worked with the very well-known Personal Injury Law Firm for a short time, gaining substantial legal knowledge in Personal Injury Law. Ultimately. She decided to pursue her passion to practice Business law and founded Oakala Law & Mediation Firm.

Brianna has continuously demonstrated academic and legal excellence throughout her life. She is very family oriented and strives to show her clients the same amount of compassion as she does to her very supportive and loving family. But do not confuse her compassion for weakness. Brianna will strive to protect her client’s rights at all costs. She will continue to demonstrate her legal knowledge through Oakala Law & Mediation Firm in order to help her clients.

You can follow Brianna on instagram @oakalalaw or follow and like her Facebook Page, Oakala Law and Mediation Firm.

If you have questions, you can email her at

Pamela Rosario | Attorney Journey

Pamela Rosario | Attorney Journey

January 25, 2021

Pamela Rosario is a trademark and contracts attorney licensed in New York. Her current offerings include Trademark filings, contract drafting/review, and business entity formations. For more information on how to build a solid legal foundation for your business, you can find her at or over on instagram at @prosariolaw.

Christine Han | Attorney Journey

Christine Han | Attorney Journey

January 23, 2021

Christine Han is a first generation Korean American attorney in Aurora, Colorado. She received her bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Colorado, and considers Colorado to be her home. 

In 2014, she received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in the state of Michigan. That same year, Ms. Han became a licensed attorney for the state of Colorado and founded the Han Law Group.

Since then, Ms. Han has received numerous awards for her litigation skills and corresponding high success rate in the courtroom. She attributes her skills as a litigator to her experience working at the 38th District Court in the state of Michigan. Ms. Han is licensed to practice in the United States District Court– District of Colorado, and the United States Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review.

Ms. Han comes from a family of immigrants and watching the struggle of her family gain immigration status shaped her dedication to her immigration clients and the community.

As a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Ms. Han has a reputation for her prevailing knowledge of Immigration Law. As a first generation Korean American, her own experiences contribute to the unique mark of support she provides for her clients. 

In addition to her commitment to Han Law Group, Ms. Han is the Immigration and Family Law columnist for the Weekly Focus newspaper and Colorado Times.

She is very active in the community and is a mentor to many young leaders. Ms. Han is also a Board member as Legal Counsel for Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) Denver chapter. 

Ms. Han is also an experienced Mediator that handles disputes in different areas of law. She is a member of the Mediation Association of Colorado.


Social media:

IG: Christine_denverlawyer 

FB: Han Law group 


Ashley Laiken | Attorney Journey

Ashley Laiken | Attorney Journey

January 21, 2021

"I am a trial attorney who specializes in personal injury.  I practice in Long Beach, California.  I was licensed in 2010, and spent the first 5 years of my career working as a defense attorney.  I then transitioned to plaintiff's personal injury and worked for a premier firm in Century City, California for approximately 3.5 years.  I opened Laiken Law Group in May 2019.  I have a YouTube channel where I interview attorneys who provide useful tips on scaling up your own practice.  You can find the channel by my name, Ashley Laiken.  I am also on Facebook (Ashley Laiken) and Instagram (Laiken_Law_Group)." - Ashley Laiken

Irving Pedroza | Attorney Journey

Irving Pedroza | Attorney Journey

January 20, 2021

Trial Attorney Irving Pedroza practices in courts all over the State of California, litigating cases in personal injury. Irving was born in Guerrero, Mexico. At the age of six his parents immigrated to the United States. Irving grew up in Escondido, CA where his family struggled with being undocumented, poverty, mental health disorders, and domestic violence. As a result of his upbringing, Irving has dedicated his life to helping others, through the justice system, or during his spare time through peer-mentor programs. Irving was the first in his family attend college. Connect with Irving on Instagram

Jessica Ocampo | Attorney Journey

Jessica Ocampo | Attorney Journey

January 19, 2021

Jessica Ocampo is an attorney who is passionate about civil rights and its various, complex facets that are intertwined in both corporate and public sectors of the law. She’s resilient on both sides of the legal spectrum - focused on progressing and positively influencing the diversity and inclusion needle. She is the board director for the young lawyers division in the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois. Jessica is the assistant attorney general in the worker compensation bureau in the Illinois attorney general’s office.

Christian Contreras | Attorney Journey

Christian Contreras | Attorney Journey

January 17, 2021
Christian Contreras is a lawyer for the people who fights hard in order to obtain the best results for his clients. Mr. Contreras is a civil rights attorney and an advocate for individuals who have been injured. Mr. Contreras takes no days off and is available for his clients at any time. Mr. Contreras is a strong contributor to Carrazco Law’s commitment to helping Californians who have been wronged. 
Mr. Contreras earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in political science, and then earned his Juris Doctor degree (law degree) with an emphasis in Civil Litigation and Advocacy from Loyola Law School. At Loyola Law School, Mr. Contreras was a member of the Scott Moot Court Honors Board. Mr. Contreras was a brief writer and an oralist in the National Moot Court competition. Mr. Contreras completed Loyola’s Civil Rights Litigation Practicum course with a top grade and also externed at Public Counsel as part of the practicum. At Public Counsel, Mr. Contreras worked in the Homelessness Prevention Law Project working on a range of issues including eviction defense. Mr. Contreras was also a law clerk at the civil rights firm Guizar, Henderson & Carrazco, LLP (GHC). At GHC, Mr. Contreras worked on unreasonable and excessive force cases. While in law school, Mr. Contreras was also a judicial extern to the Hon. Fred J. Fujioka. 
Christian Contreras is also an attorney with Guizar, Henderson & Carrazco, LLP and a leader of Justice X. Mr. Contreras also volunteers his time on various pro bono matters. 
Be sure to follow Christian on Instagram @christian.ghc
Janeth Arias | Attorney Journey

Janeth Arias | Attorney Journey

January 16, 2021

Janeth Arias is a founding partner of Blanco & Arias. She handles employment matters including, wrongful termination, retaliation, unlawful discrimination and harassment due to race, gender, disability or other protected category. Ms. Arias also handles matters involving workers’ compensation, wage & hour, and personal injury.

Ms. Arias received her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2009. Ms. Arias graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a Public Law concentration and minor in Spanish from the California State University, Long Beach.

Ms. Arias is admitted to practice before all California State Courts, the United States Central District of California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, and the Mexican American Bar Association. Ms. Arias is fluent in Spanish. If she is not litigating in the courtroom zealously advocating for her clients, she is traveling or at a Dodger Game.

Follow Blanco & Arias on Instagram @blancoarias_law


Katherine Franco | Attorney Journey

Katherine Franco | Attorney Journey

January 13, 2021

Attorney Katherine D. Franco established the Law Office of Katherine D. Franco to ensure that our immigrant community receives quality and honest representation.


As a daughter of hard-working immigrants, Attorney Franco understands many of the struggles our immigrant community faces. She has dedicated her career to educating and serving the community she came from. This is also reflected in her zealous and thoughtful representation. She is committed to providing quality, cost-effective, and efficient services.


Attorney Franco is licensed to practice law in California and her office serves the greater Los Angeles and San Diego area.  She is a graduate from the University of California, Irvine and Western State College of Law.    


Connect with Attorney Franco:

Instagram: @kfrancolaw

Facebook: Katherine Franco 


Phone: 323-673-0518 

Joyce Valenzuela | Attorney Journey

Joyce Valenzuela | Attorney Journey

January 12, 2021
Joyce Valenzuela is the founder and principal attorney of JV Law Offices, APC and focuses her practice on estate planning and probate, personal injury and criminal defense. As a Mexican American and daughter of immigrants, she understands the needs in her community for education and honest representation. As such, her firm's main focus is to provide clarity, honesty, guidance, and support in times of need in English and Spanish.  
Ms. Valenzuela earned her Bachelor’s Degree from California State University Fullerton, with a double major in Criminal Justice and Political Science. She then continued her education and successfully obtained her law degree with concentrations in Civil Litigation and Criminal Law from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. 
Throughout her legal career, Ms. Valenzuela has successfully represented clients in state and federal court. Her experience includes serving as a law clerk for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and Los Angeles County District Attorneys’ Office as well as working in private practice in civil litigation and criminal law matters. 
As an attorney, Ms. Valenzuela has and continues to represent hundreds of clients in and outside of court. She understands the need for honesty and clarity in attorney-client relationships and continuously strives to further educate herself and her community. 
Social Media and website:
instagram: @jvlawoffices
Monserrat Garcia | Attorney Journey

Monserrat Garcia | Attorney Journey

January 11, 2021

Monserrat Garcia is a Sacramento based attorney. She is the owner of Better Future Legal Services. She was licensed as an attorney in 2019. Monserrat launched her law firm this year in 2020!

M. Viviana Oropeza | Attorney Journey

M. Viviana Oropeza | Attorney Journey

January 9, 2021

M. Viviana Oropeza was born in San Diego in 1984 to Mexican immigrants and was raised on both sides of the border here in various areas in California and in Teocaltiche, Jalisco, MX, her Dad’s birthplace and home.  Her father was a first-generation immigrant worked various jobs, as a gardener, a laborer, a mechanic, and a bread maker, among many others that were needed to support her family for 8. Her mother was a stay at home mom and never held a job. 


She lived with her parents until the age of 16 when she left her home in Teocaltiche Jalisco, MX in pursuit of continuing her education in the United States and seeking the American Dream. She enrolled in High School in Redlands, CA, worked hard to get into college and was subsequently given the opportunity to study at CSU San Bernardino where she earned a bachelor degree Political Science, the first in her family to earn a college a degree. 


She eventually went on to earn an MBA in Finance, and Juris Doctorate, and become a licensed lawyer. She had her first child while she was working on her MBA, and her second child while in her second year of law school, something she claims helped her prove that outdating notions that seeking one’s dreams and building a family were not mutually exclusive. 


Viviana’s path to becoming a lawyer was rocky, it was almost a decade of taking the LSATs (Law School Admissions Test) and failing to get into law school multiple times before it happened. Getting into law school is difficult, especially for Latinas. Only 2% of the all lawyers are female and Latina, even though approximately 18% of the population is Latinx in the U.S. 


When Viviana finally go into law school started, her experience was not traditional. She had a husband and a 4-year old daughter when she started. A major balancing act had to be done to survive her first year. Further, she became pregnant with her son in her second year of law school and doctors put her on bed-rest but she didn’t give up. She took the medical leave recommended started back up as soon as her doctors gave her the ok. She went on to finish law school, take the California Bar Exam, pass it on her first try, and launch her own law practice as soon as she was sworn in as a license attorney in the state of California. 


She launched her firm Oropeza Law, PC with the assistance of the “Access to Law Initiative” the California Western School of Law’s law firm incubator program. Her firm shortly evolved into what today is “Attorney in Heels” ™ her female-centered Business and Estate Planning law firm. 


The legal emphases of her law firm, Viviana claims are her calling: “These two practice areas were natural for me to enter into right out of law school because I have a business background (my MBA), and having worked as an investment advisor. In my prior career I had been exposed to working with business owners, and families helping them set up their wealth planning, business buy-sells, and family estate plans, all I was doing now was working on the legal side instead of the Financial side, which I know also gives me more insight when I’m planning for and counseling my clients.”

Further Viviana explains why her law firm is important to her and her clients: “Attorney in Heels ™ is dear to my heart because my practice is reflective of who I am and who I serve. I serve my clients “in my heels” which means more when you read between the lines. It means it’s a practice focuses on women who were previously overlooked and underestimated in business, and that I will guide and lead them while empowering them with the right information, guidance, and tools to go out and crush it in their respective industries. 


And although Attorney in Heels does have male clients, the ultimate focus is helping female entrepreneurs, and their families feel comfortable making important decisions about their family and business future. Where the traditional law firms are often intimidating and rough around the edges, which often lead women not to inquire, ask questions, or learn more about important legal decisions they need to make to protect their families and businesses; Attorney in Heels ™ aims to make these decisions easier to navigate so that important legal steps don’t go ignored and become too costly to families and businesses. 


My recommendation for young women who are starting out, in any field, is not to give up (ever), visualize where you want to go and play it in your head over and over and let it fuel you. Then plan and takes necessary steps to get you there. It's ok if it takes longer than expected.  Also, seek mentorship; especially in law that could make all the difference. Getting guidance, tips and tricks of the trade can prevent some of the hassles and struggles.”


Attorney in Heels ™ is based in San Diego, CA but also serves other southern California regions such as the Inland Empire. Viviana is also highly involved in her community as she serves on the Boards of San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the National Latina Business Women’s Association of San Diego, and sits on the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion for the San Diego County Bar Association. Viviana also goes out to speak to her communities about the importance of business, and estate planning and provides mentorship to at risk youth through the Dream Bigger Foundation.  



Nadya Maldonado | Attorney Journey

Nadya Maldonado | Attorney Journey

January 6, 2021

Nadya Maldonado is a personal injury attorney and the Principal Attorney at the Maldonado Law Firm, PLLC that she founded in 2015 in Washington, D.C. She is licensed to practice law in D.C. and Maryland and her practice area is focused on protecting the rights of those who have been injured in accidents such as Uber or Lyft accidents, pedestrian, bike, scooter, moped accidents or similar scenarios. She is known as the Rideshare Attorney and has the Instagram and TikTok handle (@rideshare_attorney) to prove it!


In the past she has represented small businesses, many which had Spanish-speaking Latino owners, who were in need of legal services. She has also dedicated her time to representing immigrants that were facing the ever-growing abuses and obstacles from our broken immigration system. 


Ms. Maldonado is Mexican-America and she grew up along the border of Texas and Mexico. She stems from parents who were child migrant farm workers, who instilled her with a mighty work ethic. It was this work ethic that propelled her to be part of the less than 2% of Latinas practicing law in the U.S. and she will continue to work hard to strengthen her community. 


When asked what kind of advice she would give to her younger self she stated, "I would tell my younger self to ask for help, more often", and went on to explain, "I entered law school at the young age of 23 and was intimidated by all the new experiences associated with being a law student in our nation’s capital." She continued, "for instance, the immense pressure to get good grades, the culture-shock, the competitive nature of the students, the difficulty of the legal subject matter I was asked to learn, were all unfamiliar experiences that stressed me out, made me fearful of failure, and less apt to ask for help." She explained, "I didn't realize that I was no different, no less able than my colleagues to tackle the tasks in front of me and to take the unfamiliar experiences in stride. Having a sense of belonging versus viewing myself as an outsider, I believe, would have made it easier and less shameful for me to ask for help sooner." She explained that, "to depend on your colleagues and community can provide an added quality and comfort through a tough up-hill battle such as law school or any type of higher educational experience." She stated, "This realization has heightened my experience in practicing law in the D.C. area and has taken me further than if I had tried to do it completely alone.  For instance, in 2019 I was awarded Prospanica DC's 40 Under 40 for my commitment to professional excellence and contributions to the Latino community. I was so honored to be recognized by my colleagues, which is something that is not likely to happen if you do not speak up and form relationships with your community, including asking them for help if necessary."


If you live in the D.C. or Maryland area and have been involved in an accident please reach out to Maldonado Law Firm, PLLC at 202-643-0837 for a free legal consultation. 



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Attorney Journey | Ambar Maceo

Attorney Journey | Ambar Maceo

January 2, 2021

Ambar Maceo is a Dominican attorney and the founder of Maceo Law, PC, a
Massachusetts-based law firm specializing in criminal defense. She’s made it her
personal mission to help bridge the gap between the criminal justice system and the
people it serves, and to elevate the voices of underrepresented communities.
Prior to immigrating to the United States, almost 10 years ago, Ambar’s experience
ranged from civil litigation, employment and labor claims, to criminal fraud & abuse
claims and white-collar crimes. Once in the U.S., she represented Latinx clients who
had been injured on the job while also helping them connect with community services
and resources.
Her current practice is focused primarily on criminal defense to include generally violent
crimes, drug crimes, theft and/or property crimes, OUI/drunk driving and motor vehicle
offenses, and public order offenses. She remains passionate and committed to
represent the Latinx community and to help them thrive in all aspects of their lives. She
speaks Spanish, English, Portuguese and French (though might need a refresher on the

LL.M., American Law, Boston University (2014)
LL.M, Criminal Law, Universidad de Buenos Aires (2009)
LL.B., Universidad Iberoamericana, Summa Cum Laude (2005)

Bar Admissions:
Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2015)
Dominican Republic (2006)

Jessenia Rosales | Attorney Journey

Jessenia Rosales | Attorney Journey

December 28, 2020

The Law Office of Jessenia Rosales serves clients throughout
Florida in the practice of family law and criminal defense.
Jessenia's specific areas of experience include divorce, child
custody and support, domestic violence, DUI, home invasion,
robbery, and homicide. She is also fluent in English and

Jessenia earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology with a Minor
in Psychology from the University of South Florida. She then
earned her law degree at Western Michigan University Thomas
M. Cooley Law School in Tampa, Florida, graduating with
honors. Jessenia later re-enrolled at Western Michigan
University Thomas M. Cooley Law School to earn a Master of
Laws in Intellectual Property.

While earning her degrees, Jessenia interned at the Public
Defender's o!ce in Hillsborough County after working as a
paralegal at a private law practice in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Jessenia has been practicing law in Florida since 2017. She
started her own firm, the Law O!ce of Jessenia Rosales, in
2018 to handle criminal and family law cases. Shortly after,
Jessenia received the Rising Professional Award from the
Federal Bar Association Younger Lawyers Division. Jessenia is
also on the Florida Justice Center's Legal All-Star Team.

Jessenia is an active member of the Federal Bar Association,
American Bar Association, Florida State Bar Association,
Pinellas Latin Bar Association, and Clearwater Bar Association.
Her volunteer service includes being chairperson of the Clearwater Bar Association's Diversity Symposium Committee
and serving as community outreach for the Pinellas Latin Bar
Association. Jessenia has also worked pro bono for Bay Area
Legal Services and the Florida Justice Center.

Jessenia currently lives in the Tampa Bay area with her two
daughters. They enjoy spending time outdoors with family and


Connect with her on Instagram

Connect with her on Facebook @jesseniarosaleslaw

Attorney Journey | Ayeshinaye Smith

Attorney Journey | Ayeshinaye Smith

December 26, 2020

From Ayeshinaye:


I am a Tar Heel born and bred. I currently reside in Wendell with my husband, Jerel. Most of my free time involves reading, movies, or spending time with my family.  If I'm not doing one of those things, you can catch me on a flight and posting pictures on social media.  I love to explore new places and interact with different cultures.

One of my favorite people is my brother Darien. He is one of the reasons that I've always wanted to advocate for others. He has down syndrome and autism and we've learned so much together over the years. Being part of his navigation in life fueled a passion in the rights and education of disabled people. I wrote my dissertation for my Master of Laws degree on the topic of special education reform. 

At Smith Dominguez, I put my experiences to good use. Before law school, I worked in the financial industry. That motivated me to pursue a Master's degree in Trust and Wealth Management to help people with their broader needs. Working for a financial institution taught me the very real ways that your personal life and finances are intertwined.  If something goes wrong in one, the other usually takes a hit too.

I want to support you at your beginnings, ends, and everywhere between.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill --- B.A. in Sociology and B.A. in Political Science
Campbell University School of Law --- J.D.
Campbell University School of Business --- M.A. Trust and Wealth Management

Nottingham Trent University School of Law --- LL.M

Social Media: 
IG: @ayeshinaye @smithdominguezlaw

FB: @smithdominguezpllc

Attorney Journey | Alexia Dominguez

Attorney Journey | Alexia Dominguez

December 17, 2020
At Smith Dominguez, Alexia advises entrepreneurs, businesses and nonprofits on how to best achieve their goals. She provides counsel on multiple areas of business law transactions including business formation, contract drafting and negotiation, and corporate compliance. She also provides  outside general counsel services to businesses at all stages, from business formation to dissolution. In addition, Alexia focuses her practice on real estate and divorce matters. She is licensed to practice law in North Carolina.

Alexia is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Campbell University School of Law. While not working, she loves going on walks with her dog,  doing yoga and is an avid traveler and bookworm.

People can connect with me personally on Instagram @alexiavdominguez 
Our firm social media handles are @smithdominguezlaw on Instagram, Smith Dominguez PLLC on Facebook and @sdlawfirm on Twitter. 
Attorney Journey | Raissa Rivas-Solis

Attorney Journey | Raissa Rivas-Solis

December 14, 2020

Attorney Raissa Rivas-Solis is the owner of the Law Offices of Raissa D Rivas. Her law office is primarily based out of Las Vegas, yet she also has a secondary office in Orange County in California. Raissa was born in Los Angeles and raised in Las Vegas. She graduated from UNLV and attended the las school of Western State College of Law. 

Connect with Raissa:

Business Instagram: @rdrivaslawoffices

Personal Instagram: @life_of_raissa

Facebook: Law Offices of Raissa D Rivas

Attorney Journey | Luz Tijerina-Garduño

Attorney Journey | Luz Tijerina-Garduño

December 7, 2020

Attorney Luz Tijerina-Garduño graduated law school in 2013. After passing the bar exam and being admitted into the California Bar in December of same year, Ms. Tijerina-Garduño began her practice in law.

Ms. Tijerina-Garduño’s passion for law began as a child, as she saw her own family (and herself) fall through the cracks of the immigration system, having immigrated from Mexico City to the United States as a young child. She attended college and part of law school as an undocumented student until she was able to gain her residency and eventually citizenship. Ms. Tijerina-Garduño knows first hand how difficult it is to be an immigrant in this country and goes above and beyond to help others achieve their American dream.

Abogada Luz attended California State University, Dominguez Hills where she earned a bachelor of arts in Psychology and Political Science. Obtaining honors in both majors. She continued her education at Whittier Law School, obtaining a merit-based scholarship.

While in law school,  the attorney received various awards for obtaining the highest marks in her classes and was active in the law school community. She participated in organizations such as the Public Interest Law Foundation, the Mexican American Bar Association, and the Student Bar Association amongst others.

As a law student, Ms. Tijerina-Garduño worked in various immigration law firms and volunteered for non profit organizations such as The Public Law Center, of which she is a volunteer up to this day. She also interned with the Orange County Public Defender's Office shadowing the now Honorable Judge Mary Kreber Varipapa. The attorney also served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Kimberly Menninger at the Orange County Superior Court.

Ms. Tijerina-Garduño also had the opportunity to further her law studies in the prestigious Spanish universities, Universitat de Barcelona and Universidad de Cantabria.

As an attorney, Ms. Tijerina-Garduño has represented hundreds of clients in the immigration and criminal courts throughout the United States. Ms. Tijerina-Garduño has acquired great expertise in the areas of immigration and criminal law which she now provides for her own clients. She is understanding, passionate, and fearless when it comes to representing her clients. 

Connect with Luz on Instagram @abogadaluz

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Attorney Journey | Valerie Gonzalez

Attorney Journey | Valerie Gonzalez

December 1, 2020

From Valerie:


When I became a single mom, I searched for an attorney who was both a strong advocate and a trustworthy counselor. While there were plenty of attorneys who offered legal services, I found only one who also offered support, compassion, and encouragement for my future.
The attorney I found was a single mother who went to law school later in life. When I entered her office, I was fearful and discouraged. When I left, I was hopeful and at peace because of the strength she lent and the confidence she offered. Years later, when I myself entered law school as a single mom, her compassion during my most vulnerable time continued to influence my life and motivate me to provide the same for others.
Now, as an attorney, I have the same opportunity to be a strong and compassionate advocate for my clients which is central to my practice. 
At San Gabriel Valley Law, our goal is to offer competent legal services with ENCOURAGEMENT, CONFIDENCE, and HOPE to each client.
Follow her journey on Instagram @sgvlaw and her website at 
Attorney Journey | Lisbette Baltazar

Attorney Journey | Lisbette Baltazar

November 29, 2020

Lisbette serves as a trial attorney at jD LAW focusing on criminal law and personal injury. She graduated from California State University San Marcos where she majored in Political Science.

The first in her family to obtain a Juris Doctorate degree, she graduated from California Western School of Law in December of 2017.

While in law school, she interned for UURISE, a non-profit organization for immigration law where she helped people apply to become U.S. citizens. She also volunteered at California Rural Legal Assistance, an organization that provides legal assistance to migrant workers in the areas of employment and labor, housing and eviction. Lastly, she interned for a private personal injury firm in downtown San Diego where she assisted in preparing a slip and fall case for trial. While she gained essential skills in various areas of the law, Lisbette’s passion is helping people who have been charged with a crime or have been injured. She has done trials as both lead and assisting counsel, most notably achieving a “not guilty” verdict on a vehicular manslaughter case involving prescription drugs.


She looks forward to a long career in the law.

Attorney Journey | Alexandra Sabalier

Attorney Journey | Alexandra Sabalier

November 25, 2020

From Alexandra: 


Get to Know Me Better

As an Attorney at Law, member of the Washington D.C. Bar, I am licensed and admitted to practice law in the United States, in Europe, and internationally. Because of my own experiences of marrying a foreign national, and moving abroad, I fully understand how the international treaties work between the United States and foreign countries in both branches of the law: International Tax and Immigration Law. All of my legal services, communications, and legal translations are offered in English and in Spanish, and fully online.

Where Am I From?

I was born in Puerto Rico, studied my Bachelor's Degree at Florida International University in the city of Miami, and graduated with a double Bachelor's Degree in Communications and Criminal Law. After completing my Bachelor's Degree, I continued my studies and acquired a Juris Doctor's Degree (Law Degree of the United States) at the Inter-American University School of Law, and furthered my legal studies at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

What Is My Professional Legal Background?

During my law school years, I worked in law firms in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Spain, thereby deepening my knowledge in International Law, and expanding my professional network in the international legal field. I advanced my legal studies acquiring a certification in Litigation from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. And I completed my professional legal studies graduating from Law School with a Juris Doctor's Degree in the Honors Roll with the recognition of Magna Cum Laude.

What Do I Specialize In?

I specialize in assisting American Citizens who live abroad, and foreign nationals who have an interest in relocating to the United States. I work all aspects of tax law, and immigration: from filing your U.S. taxes as an American Expat living abroad, to managing the planning of your foreign assets and the legal procedures to ensure U.S. tax and international law compliance. Furthermore, in Immigration Law, I work in processing all U.S. visas, including spousal visas, professional visas, investors visas, work visas ,study visas, amongst many others.

I arrange all the immigration and tax procedures of my worldwide clients fully online, by E-Filing all Tax Forms, and all Immigration Petitions & Applications to the U.S. government. This online method ensures a speedy and safe submission of all your forms and information. As an Attorney at Law, I guarantee the protection and confidentiality of our communications, your information, and all your documentation submitted for all the procedures involved, under the Attorney- Client Privilege. This is a protection that no other professional can provide you.

What Do I Offer You?

I take pride in vigorously representing my clients in an accessible, and online manner at an affordable cost. That is why I begin by offering you a COMPLETELY FREE INITIAL LEGAL CONSULTATION. Contact me today so that you can truly enjoy your expat life while I take care of solving your taxes, immigration and legal matters! 


Connect with her on:


Instagram: @sabalierlaw



Attorney Journey | Yahima Morejon

Attorney Journey | Yahima Morejon

November 22, 2020

Yahima Morejon, Esq. is a foreign attorney. She has obtained her Licentiate in Law degree from Havana University in Cuba, and her Juris Doctor degree from St. Thomas University School of Law. While working at the ONBC, Ms. Morejon handled criminal, civil, probate, and family cases. As a resident of Miami, she worked for a law firm that specialized in bankruptcy, foreclosure, and immigration matters. Eventually, Ms. Morejon decided to open her own law office to help her community and to continue her passion of practicing law.

Connect with her on Instagram @ymorejonattorneypa

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Attorney Journey | Kiomeiry Csepes

Attorney Journey | Kiomeiry Csepes

November 16, 2020

Kiomeiry Csépes, Esq., is the owner and managing attorney at Csépes Law Offices in Trenton, New Jersey.  Her practice focuses on assisting clients from various parts of the world with their immigration and family law matters.  Kiomeiry began her legal career in 1999, as a family law paralegal where she assisted countless of families navigate the Court system and equitably resolve their legal issues. She is well versed in the area of family law and carries this invaluable experience and dedication to her family law clients today.  


Her personal background has also given her great appreciation for the immigrant experience and perspective. She was born in Puerto Rico and only speaking Spanish migrated to New Jersey  with her mother at a young age.  Her father was born into impoverished circumstances and immigrated to the United States from Hungary.  With such a foundation, Kiomeiry was raised to admire the immigrant experience and American dream.  Her own family’s history and intimate experience with immigration exposed her to a wide range of migratory issues affecting families. While her background is unique to her, Kiomeiry has always found great similarities to her clients. She has created her own immigrant stories, as she spends time abroad, meeting and speaking with people from all over the world.   


In 2013, Kiomeiry spearheaded the creation of the Carmen M. Garcia Bright Futures Award, which is given to a Camden City college-bound high school student every year.  As a law student at Rutgers School of Law-Camden, Kiomeiry served as President of Alianza, as a student teacher for the Street Law Program, and participated in the inaugural class of the Immigrant Justice Clinic.  


Kiomeiry has made it a personal goal to dedicate much of her time to helping the immigrant community.  She routinely participates in volunteer activities such as Citizenship Drives and Know Your Rights Workshops.  She further provides pro-bono and low-bono representation to families and children of low-income circumstances.  She also participates in panels at various schools encouraging students to become leaders and purse a career in law.  Kiomeiry serves as a Mentor with Rutgers School of Law’s Minority Student Program. 


Additionally, Kiomeiry currently serves as the Mercer County Liaison for the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, as a New Jersey Delegate and Chair of the Family Law Committee for the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, and as a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  She is further an active member of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey, Mercer County Bar Association and on several committees for the Rutgers Alumni for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Building in the Law (RADICAL).  She also participates with the Thomas S. Forkin Family Law American Inn of Court.   


Most recently Kiomeiry was awarded the Service to the Community Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division; the Defender of Justice Award from the Rutgers School of Law’s Latino-Student Association; and the New Leaders of the Bar Award from the New Jersey Law Journal.  


Kiomeiry is admitted to practice in New Jersey, U.S. District Court of New Jersey, and Federal Immigration Court.  She received her undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and her law degree from Rutgers University School of Law in Camden, New Jersey.  She is also the proud mother of two children, Tristan and Zuri.   


Be sure to follow Kiomeiry on Instagram @csepeslaw

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Attorney Journey | Claudia Galan

Attorney Journey | Claudia Galan

November 6, 2020

Claudia Galan is a San Antonio- and McAllen-based attorney and owner of the Galan Law Firm, PLLC. She specializes in immigration and family law. Her areas of focus are family-based permanent residency and citizenship petitions, deportation defense, divorce, custody rights, and adoption. She also works cases dealing with criminal defense, title transfers, property disputes and preparation of wills. She works primarily with immigrants that are victims of crime and Spanish-speaking residents of South Texas. 
Claudia approaches her clients’ cases with considerable care because she understands from her own life experience the pressures immigrants face every day. Born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon and raised in Monclova, Coahuila, Claudia moved to the U.S. and lived as an undocumented immigrant for three years. At age 21, Claudia gained permanent legal residency and became a U.S. citizen in 2013. Claudia studied law at St. Mary’s School of Law and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (formerly University of Texas Pan American). She was admitted to practice law in Texas in May
2019 by the State Bar of Texas. She is also admitted to practice in the U.S. Federal Southern District Court in Texas. As a college student, Claudia worked with asylum seekers at the Texas-Mexico border and with
low-income residents in San Antonio to provide them with pro bono legal services. She also worked at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, where she learned much about the inner workings of the agency charged with processing petitions and appeals for green cards and other
immigration benefits. In July 2019, just two months into her independent practice, Claudia represented Francisco Galicia, a then 18-year-old U.S. citizen who was unlawfully held by the U.S. Border Patrol and
Immigration and Customs Enforcement for nearly a month. Claudia secured his release after his case gained national media attention. In her spare time, Claudia enjoys spending time with family and friends, doing yoga, and going
on walks with her dog, Frida.

Leave Claudia the five star review on Facebook at and connect with her on Instagram @clau.galan .

Interview: A | Anchor Above All Others

Interview: A | Anchor Above All Others

November 5, 2020

Ramiro Ponton Rivera interviews CEO of Strong Life Coach, Derek Daniel Guajardo, about the first chapter of ABCs of Thriving in Marriage. The chapter is titled - A | Anchor Above All Others. Available for purchase now on Amazon at 

Attorney Journey | Michelle Fonseca-Kamana

Attorney Journey | Michelle Fonseca-Kamana

November 2, 2020

Michelle Fonseca-Kamana is a California lemon law lawyer who is passionate about consumer advocacy, education, and an unparalleled client experience. She is the founder and principal attorney at West Coast Lemons, the law firm she began in February 2020 just weeks before the coronavirus pandemic spread across the globe. Determined not to let anything, not even a global pandemic, get in her way, she has persevered and built a lemon law brand that is quickly becoming recognized as one of the best in California.
With over $4 million recovered since 2017, Mrs. Fonseca-Kamana has proven she is a force to be reckoned with. Handling lemon law cases involving everything from cars and trucks to motor homes and travel trailers, Mrs. Fonseca-Kamana has unmatched insight into the automobile and recreational vehicle industry, and actively shares her knowledge via informational videos with her followers on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube. In September, Mrs. Fonseca-Kamana was one of only 60 Latina lawyers chosen from across the nation to participate in the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Latina Leadership Conference and in October she was accepted into the prestigious consumer advocate attorneys group Justice HQ where she serves as the group’s resident lemon law expert.

Attorney Journey | Amanda Mendez

Attorney Journey | Amanda Mendez

November 1, 2020

Amanda Mendez am an Assistant Public Defender at the Law Offices of Julianne M. Holt. She graduated from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2018 and was admitted to practice law in Florida later that same year. Amanda earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of South Florida.

 Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois she benefited from city youth programs which led to her calling in advocating for those in need, especially for children that come from impoverished backgrounds.

Prior to being promoted, she advocated for children facing misdemeanor and felony charges in the Juvenile Division. When the courts closed due to the pandemic, she was one of the first attorneys to handle a virtual detention docket in Hillsborough County.

Currently, Amanda handles Domestic Violence, Misdemeanor Traffic, and Misdemeanor Crimes. This broad spectrum has allowed her to gain great knowledge of the vast criminal law arena. She never takes short-cuts and she takes great pride on ‘leaving no stone unturned’ in each and every case. 

Attorney Journey | Kiara Santos

Attorney Journey | Kiara Santos

October 26, 2020

Kiara’s career in law began over six years ago when she started working at a large firm as a paralegal assistant. While in law school, she transitioned to a small law office that specialized in Estate Planning. Her externship at this law office really engrained in her the importance and great need to bring Estate Planning to minority communities, as well as young entrepreneurs and creatives. Prior to founding Santos Legal Group, she created her own business and provided legal consulting services to a number of other small companies. Kiara’s varying experience with Business, Trademark, and Estate Planning, makes her a well-rounded attorney who understands business needs as well as the need to preserve and plan for the future.


Socialmedia: IG@kayadejure

Linkedin: Facebook: Santos Legal Group 

Seven Reasons I Cherish Affirmations

Seven Reasons I Cherish Affirmations

October 26, 2020

CEO of Strong Life Coach Derek Daniel Guajardo shares The Seven Reasons I Cherish Affirmations:

1️⃣ Affirmations Energize People 🔋


2️⃣ Affirmations Fortify Wholesome Identity 🚀


3️⃣ Jesus Spoke Affirmations about Self 🍇


4️⃣ Jesus Spoke Affirmations to Others 💡


5️⃣ Affirmations Protect from Toxic Identity ☣️


6️⃣ Affirmations Activate Wholesome Actions 🎯


7️⃣ Affirmations Influence Standards 💎

Attorney Journey | Amanda Hernandez

Attorney Journey | Amanda Hernandez

October 20, 2020

Amanda I. Hernandez is a criminal defense lawyer based out of San Antonio, Texas. She currently works as an Associate at the Flanary Law Firm, PLLC, and has jury trial experience with misdemeanor, felony, and federal cases. Amanda has been practicing alongside Donald H. Flanary, III., since her time as a law clerk at Goldstein, Goldstein, & Hilley.

Amanda currently serves as a board member for the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association (TCDLA) and the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (SACDLA). She is also on the board of directors for the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP).

Amanda is a zealous advocate and has been recognized by her peers as a “2018 Top Criminal Defense Lawyer” in SA Scene Magazine and was nominated SACDLA’s “2019 Young Lawyer of the Year.” She is also a 2017 graduate of the Tim Evans Trial College, an intensive program run by TCLDA in which new lawyers learn trial strategy from some of the best criminal attorneys in Texas.

Amanda earned her degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2011 and went on to attend St. Mary’s University School of Law, graduating in May of 2016. After graduation, Don Flanary started the Flanary Law Firm, PLLC, and quickly promoted her from being his long-time law clerk to the first associate attorney in his practice, where she remains today.

To reach Amanda for your Criminal Defense needs in San Antonio and the surrounding areas:

Phone: 361-596-3494


A | Anchor Above All Others

A | Anchor Above All Others

October 19, 2020

Derek Daniel Guajardo reads from the first chapter of his new book - ABCs of Thriving in Marriage! On sale now on Amazon!

Pick up your copy now at 

Interview on the Introduction of ABCs of Thriving in Marriage

Interview on the Introduction of ABCs of Thriving in Marriage

October 15, 2020

New Host - Ramiro Ponton Rivera - interview the founder of Strong Life Coach about his first book, ABCs of Thriving in Marriage! Ramiro asks questions related to the introduction of the book.

Attorney Journey | Regina Vasquez

Attorney Journey | Regina Vasquez

October 12, 2020

From Regina Vasquez: "I have been practicing exclusively in bankruptcy law since November 2011. I have designed my firm to be dedicated to assisting people in their time of financial need. I am also a counselor for my clients to guide them through a very stressful time. Filing for bankruptcy can be a very emotional decision, my job is to ease the stress and take the burden off of my clients. I attended St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas and graduated in 2007. While there I worked for the House of Representatives. This gave me an inside look in the legislative process and I still use those skills in reviewing the Bankruptcy Code today. I attended Thurgood Marshall School of Law and graduated, with honors, in 2011. During my time there I was a law clerk with Hewlett Packard. My last clerkship was with Mr. David Peake, who is a standing Chapter 13 trustee in our district. It was my time at Mr. Peake’s office that made me want to assist good hardworking people going through a difficult time. My goal with my law firm is to give every case the attention it deserves. This is why I limit the number of cases I take in. I want every client to feel relief that their case being handled with the most attention we can give." To be in contact with Regina: Instagram: @legallyvasquez Phone number: 713-344-0997 Website: #attorney #lawyer #law #lawyerlife #attorneylife #attorneylifestyle #attorneys #attorneysofinstagram #attorneyatlaw #lawfirm #realestateattorney #attorneysoftiktok #personalinjuryattorney #lawyers #lawyersofinstagram #legal #ladylawyer #businesslawyer #businessattorney #bankruptcy #bankruptcyattorney

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