Orlando A. Gamarra, Esquire – Owner, LA Bar
Mr. Gamarra opened his immigration firm in 2001. He graduated from the San Martin de Porres University in Lima, Peru, where he received his Juris Doctor. His degree led to a focus in corporate law. He worked as a corporate lawyer for the Sirusa Group of the Banco de Credito del Peru. In 1981 he came to the United States and studied English as a Second Language at Georgetown University. He went on to receive a Master’s Degree in International Law from American University in Washington, DC and became a member of the Louisiana Bar in 2001. He has four children, Paola Parral-Gamarra, Attorney at law; Alex Gamarra, Systems Technician; Will Gamarra, Certified Public Accountant and Orlando Gamarra Jr., Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Gamarra is a member of the Almas Shriners in Washington, D.C. and is very much involved in community service.
Paola Parral-Gamarra, Esquire – Gamarra Law Office, Partner
Ms. Parral-Gamarra started with our firm at the age of 19. She started out as our secretary and eventually made her way to Office Manager and Executive Paralegal. Paola studied at George Mason University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, all while maintaining her position at the firm. She knew that one day her father would like to see her at the head of the table, so she decided to pursue her law degree, which she received at the University of Baltimore, School of Law. She oversees cases ranging from removal defense, U.S.CIS petitions to defense work in Maryland. Paola is also a member of the Maryland State Bar Association.
Christopher Contreras, Esquire – VA Bar
Christopher first began working at the firm in 2013 while he was completing his BFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University. He graduated from GMU in 2014 and spent a year working in the firm before he left for law school in 2015. During his time in law school Christopher was able to gain experience working at an immigration clinic and also spent some time as a student attorney at the Prosecutor’s office in Kennebec County, Maine. He graduated from the University of Maine in 2018 before returning to work at the firm as a full time attorney. Christopher is currently the managing attorney at the firm and oversees all of our legal assistants as well handling Virginia matters throughout the state. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar Association.
Gregory VanderWoude, Esquire – Associate, MI Bar
Greg joined the firm in April 2017. He graduated from Tulane University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. After working for a couple of years, Greg returned to school, receiving his law degree from Michigan State University, College of Law in 2015 and his admission to the State Bar of Michigan in 2015. Greg also is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association.. He helps clients with immigration, minor traffic, criminal, divorce and collections cases.
Melissa Medina – Receptionist/Secretary
Melissa joined our office in July of 2016. She began her journey with us as a secretary but has since worked her way up to our NVC department where she now works hand in hand with Edgardo to help our clients. Her focus is on assisting our clients to be able to come to the United States with a visa. Apart from NVC cases, Melissa also handles N-400, and I-485.
Angela Vasquez Rodriguez – Receptionist/Secretary
Angela joined our office in January 2018. Angela’s warm smile and gentle personality won us over as soon as we met her. She is the first point of contact for our clients all while providing excellent customer service. She keeps the office in control, and is a great asset to our business and its core values.
Alejandra Rivas – Secretary
Alejandra is the newest addition to our firm. She has demonstrated the ability to be a quick learner and has tremendous dedication to the job and our clients. Alejandra always puts the client’s interest first and ensures that they are happy with the services we provide. Alejandra’s main focus is handling all of the office’s correspondence and assisting the attorney’s with their court cases.
Luis Paredes Ubillus – Office Manager/Accountant
Luis joined our firm in February 2005 and originally started as the firm’s legal assistant and became an expert in Consular Processing and Waivers. Luis graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor in Accounting. He handles the firm’s accounting, client accounts, and manages the office. He also helps clients with their federal and state income taxes, with his company LUMI Tax.
Edgardo T. Paredes – Paralegal
Edgardo joined our firm in 2001 and worked up to 2004. He returned in May of 2015. He is a graduate of the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega University in Lima, Peru. He has become an expert in consular process and deals with the National Visa Center on a daily basis. He is also in charge of the family petitions, NACARA and DACA cases.
Rosalba Garcia – Paralegal
Rosalba is in charge of our office in Roanoke, VA. She coordinates with the other paralegals a responsible service to our clients in the Roanoke area.
Iris Vazquez Lopez – Paralegal
Iris joined our firm in 2015. Iris originally came to our office as a client and we immediately felt in love with her charming personality. Shae started out as a the firm’s receptionist and within a short amount of time worked her way into being our paralegal, overseeing the entire office. Iris graduated with an accounting degree from Jose Trinidad Reyes College in Honduras. She constantly strides for excellence, and is always willing to help those around her.