The founding attorney is Maribel LaFontaine, who established the firm in 2000. She moved to the Washington, DC area and attended The Columbus School of Law of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC., where she obtained a Juris Doctor in law. Before this, she resided in New York and received her undergraduate degree from Fordham University in New York, N.Y. with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.
She is admitted to practice law and the bars of Maryland and the District of Columbia. Ms. LaFontaine is fluent in English and Spanish. Ms. LaFontaine manages the firm’s U.S. Immigration and Nationality law matters and assists in family law matters.
Ms. LaFontaine is or has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Maryland Bar Association, the Montgomery County Bar Associations, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and other professional and/or business associations.
Ms. LaFontaine obtained substantive immigration law experience prior to going into private practice. She began volunteering for an immigration nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. shortly after graduation from law school.
In 1996, she went to work for an immigration law firm in Maryland which primarily worked in the area of business and family immigration. In 1999, she began working as a Supervising Attorney for an immigration firm in Washington, D.C. Her primary area of practice there was immigration litigation before the Executive Office of Immigration Review.
She also represented families and businesses with their immigration matters before U.S. immigration offices and the U.S. Department of Labor. Ms. LaFontaine has also served as an immigration speaker to several organizations.
Whether Ms. LaFontaine provides legal advice to a U.S. citizen, a foreign national or a business, Ms. LaFontaine uses her experience and skills to provide the strongest advocacy on behalf of each client.
Ms. LaFontaine originally hails from Brooklyn, New York. She currently resides in Montgomery County, Maryland with her husband and three boys.
- Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, District of Columbia, J.D.
- Fordham University, New York, New York, B.A.
- District of Columbia
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Member
- Montgomery County Bar Association, Member
- Maryland Bar Association, Member
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