Attorney Karleana Lahens Farias is a native of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Karleana is a graduate from the Colegio Puertorriqueno de Ninas, a prestigious all girl school in San Juan, Puerto Rico. At the age of eighteen, she left the island of Puerto Rico to attend her undergraduate studies at the American University in Washington, D.C. Karleana obtained her bachelor’s degree in political science in 2006.
During her time in Washington, D.C., Karleana worked at Mirbagheri & Smith, an immigration law firm, primarily focused with providing legal services to individuals from the Middle East.
While there, Karleana worked in a wide variety of petitions and applications which included citizenship applications, asylum petitions, visa applications, applications for travel documents, while also handling many of the firm’s communications with its Spanish speaking clients.
During her undergraduate studies, Karleana attended a program at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, completing comparative studies, and traveling through most of the southern areas of the African continent.
Karleana organized the Latino Youth Conference, which features seminars for Latino youth in the DC, Maryland and Virginia areas focusing on strategies to encourage participation in civil processes, college education initiatives as well as providing information on financing a college education.
Upon her graduation from American University, Karleana was selected for the Honors Paralegal Program at the United States Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Natural Resources Section in Washington, D.C. As a paralegal specialist for the Justice Department, Karleana participated in multiple litigations, which included matters in the Federal Claims Courts, and District Courts throughout the county.
In addition to providing litigation support, Karleana was involved with the Hispanic Heritage Committee in charge of organizing the National Hispanic Heritage Month activities hosted by the Attorney General of the United States.
In 2007, Karleana moved to Houston, Texas to attend the South Texas College of Law. While attending law school, Karleana was an active member and leader in the Hispanic Law Student Association, the STCL Legal Clinics, and the Mock Trial program. Karleana’s extensive community service earned her several awards, scholarships, and recognitions.
Karleana was nominated for the Equal Access to Justice Award given by the Texas Bar in 2010. During her tenure at STCL, Karleana volunteered with the Neighborhood Centers of America’s monthly citizenship forum. While studying law, Karleana was a legal clerk for the United States Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office, civil division. She also interned for the Honorable Kenneth Hoyt in the Federal District Court, Houston Division, where she obtained an immensely valuable perspective into the view from the judiciary’s perspective.
Finally, Karleana was selected to work in the litigation department of El Paso Oil and Gas Company where she assisted attorneys in preparing motions for filing with the Court, conducted extensive research and worked closely with attorneys on several matters that affected the corporation at large.
Karleana’s experience prior to graduating law school ranges from working at a small firm, working for the federal government, working for a large oil and gas company and interning for a federal judge.
In 2010, Karleana opened the doors to her own firm, where she successfully represented clients in enforcements, divorces, criminal matters, and immigration matters.
In March 2012, Karleana joined The Torres Law Group PC serving as an associate attorney, handling trials, hearings and mediations for family law related matters. Karleana has been successful in getting assaults, possession charges, DWIs, among others dismissed or significantly reduced.
Karleana has solid experience working with Harris, Brazoria and Galveston county assistant district attorneys in getting her client’s matters resolved in a timely and just manner.
- Texas, 2010
- District of Columbia, 2011
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2011
- South Texas College of Law Houston, Houston, Texas – 2010
- American University in Washington, D.C., B.A. – 2006
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