I was born in Long Island, New York and raised in Miami, Florida. I am the only child of Cuban refugees who emigrated to the United States in the 1960's. My father was a milkman, my mother a social worker. My paternal grandfather was an immigrant as well, having emigrated from Spain to Cuba at the age of 16. My parents made many sacrifices and worked hard to start a new life. I am a first-generation American and the first lawyer in my family. I have a love for all things international: travel, people and diplomacy. When I was young, I dreamed of being a diplomat. I bring this passion to immigrants who seek new beginnings and opportunities.
I have more than 30 years of legal experience in both the private and public sectors, providing clients with quality legal representation with attention to detail and personal service. My love of different cultures and diplomacy led me to graduate from Florida International University's Faculty Scholars Program (“Honors Program”), where I double majored in Political Science and International Relations and a minor in Italian. I was blessed to study abroad at Cambridge University in England.
I was also honored as the Recipient of a Ford Foundation Grant for the Hispanic Leadership Opportunity Program (grant required study of U.S. public policy at Stanford University and American University).
I then graduated from Florida State University's College of Law, where I also had the opportunity to study abroad in Rome and Brussels.
My passion to support immigrants has led me to have extensive immigration and nationality law experience. This experience in U.S. immigration, nationality, and consular law includes non-immigrant visas, immigrant visas, labor certifications, and U.S. Citizenship matters. I represent my clients before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the U.S. Department of Labor, and U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad.
I am fluent in English, Spanish, and conversant in Italian.