Andrew Barreto has been a Partner at Goren & Barreto, LLC since 2017 and a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 2012. He is licensed to practice law in the state of Maryland and the federal U.S. District Court in the District of Maryland, and he is permitted to practice federal Immigration Law throughout the United States. As a first-generation American and the son of a Cuban refugee, Andrew is proud to help immigrants achieve the same opportunities that his father worked so hard to provide for him. Andrew is fluent in both Spanish and English.
Andrew earned a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law in May of 2012 after completing his undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University in 2008. Prior to joining Goren & Barreto, LLC, Andrew had several years of experience working in immigration law, first as a student attorney representing clients at the University of Maryland School of Law Immigration Clinic, and then as a legal intern in the Office of the Chief Counsel at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). While working at an international distribution company in Ecuador, he was involved in securing visas for company employees to perform business-related duties in the United States.
David Goren is currently retired but available in an of-counsel capacity as of May 2020. David received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland Law School in 1973 and a Master’s degree in Teaching Clinical Legal Education from the Antioch School of Law in 1978. David has taught Immigration and Nationality Law at several law schools and given numerous community presentations on the rights of aliens in the United States. He has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association for more than 30 years.
David has represented aliens and U.S. citizens in all areas of Immigration and Nationality Law in private practice since 1978. He has represented aliens before the Immigration and Nationality Service and the Immigration Courts in Washington, DC; Arlington, VA; Baltimore, MD; Philadelphia, PA; New York, NY; Buffalo, NY; Boston, MA; Detroit, MI; Chicago, IL; Seattle, WA; Oakdale, LA; Harlingen, TX; and Houston, TX. He has corresponded extensively with U.S. Consulates around the world.
Katherine Martinez is a member of the Maryland Bar and a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law. Originally from Ecuador, Katherine is a native Spanish speaker and fluent in English.
Katherine attended the Johns Hopkins University for undergraduate studies, where she earned a B.A. in History. After college, Katherine worked at the House of Ruth Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, where she provided legal assistance to victims of domestic violence. While in law school, Katherine was a student attorney at the University of Maryland School of Law Immigration Clinic, where she represented clients in removal proceedings. She also interned at the Baltimore Immigration Courthouse.
Rudy Coram joined Goren & Barreto, LLC, in 2020 after practicing immigration law in Indiana and in Virginia. Mr. Coram has successfully handled immigration matters related to asylum, special immigrant juvenile visa, applying for naturalization, application for adjustment of status, U-Visa, opening of guardianship, K-1 visa, removal defense, waivers and family based immigration.
Mr. Coram has volunteered for the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic in Indianapolis, IN, where he provided pro bono services to low income immigrant families. In addition, Mr. Coram taught Public International Law and Immigration Law at Taylor University for a couple of years.
Mr. Coram was raised in Lebanon where he obtained his first law degree from La Sagesse University in 2000. Following graduation, he earned an LL.M. from Boston University School of Law in 2002 and practiced law in Beirut, Lebanon, and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where he concentrated his work on employment agreements, commercial transactions, construction agreements and in creating various entities. In 2006, Mr. Coram returned to the United States where he earned his J.D. from Indiana University Robert H-McKinney School of Law.
Mr. Coram is licensed to practice law by the Supreme Court of Indiana, the Court of Appeals of District of Columbia, and the United States District Court, Northern and Southern District of Indiana. Mr. Coram is a member of Indianapolis Bar Association and the American Immigration Law Association. He is fluent in English, Arabic, and French and is conversational in Spanish.
Christy Alexander is a member of the Florida Bar and the New Jersey Bar. She graduated from Florida International University (FIU) College of Law in 2005. Prior to attending law school, Christy worked as an urban planner for ten years. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Florida State University. She was born and raised in Miami, Florida and is part of an immigrant Cuban family. She intimately understands the dynamics of immigration and the impact it has on family and the community. Christy is fluent in both Spanish and English.
Christy spent most of her legal career working for the Florida Department of Children and Families, where she prosecuted cases of abuse, abandonment, and neglect. She worked for the protection of children of all ages including children who were seeking to make the United States their home.
Office Management Consultant
Michelle Barreto has over five years of experience in program management, communications, and marketing. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Marine Science in 2015. After graduation, Michelle worked as an intern for Congressman Carlos Curbelo at the U.S. House of Representatives, and then as a Policy Associate at the American Geosciences Institute in Alexandria, VA.
Currently living in Austin, TX, Michelle provides part-time remote support to Goren & Barreto related to managing company accounts, client billing, administrative operations, human resources, marketing strategy, and website development.
Walter Ortega has over 20 years of experience as an immigration paralegal at Goren & Barreto. Originally from Peru, he is fluent in Spanish and English.
Claus Ortega is a paralegal with several years of experience in immigration services. Prior to joining Goren & Barreto, he worked with Ayuda, a non-governmental organization that provides legal, social, and language services to help vulnerable immigrants in the Washington DC metro area. Claus was born in Hawaii, Peru. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
Serge Mweze has worked as human rights lawyer with local non-profit organizations in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He attended the Ohio Northern University and the American University Washington College of Law (AU WCL) and earned a J.D. and LLM in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law. While attending law school, Serge worked as a Student Attorney for the AU WCL’s Immigrant Justice Clinic, where he represented asylum seekers. He joined Goren & Barreto as a Legal Intern and later became a Paralegal. He is fluent in French and Swahili.
Diego Cubas is an Immigration Paralegal at Goren & Barreto, LLC. He recently attended the University of Kentucky in Lexington, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Comparative Politics in Latin America. While in college, Diego conducted research on the issue of human trafficking in the state of Kentucky. After completing his undergraduate studies, Diego earned his Paralegal Certificate at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia.
Prior to joining the firm, Diego volunteered at Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Lexington, where he was an advocate for neglected and abused children. His role as an immigration paralegal and advocate has fueled his passion to one day become an attorney himself. Diego is multilingual and can speak Spanish, Italian, and English.
Helena Ammar has been an integral part of the administrative team at Goren & Barreto for over 30 years. Originally from El Salvador, Helena is fluent in Spanish and English.
Lilian Ramos joined Goren & Barreto in 2018 with over three years of experience in the Personal Injury Department at another law firm. Originally from El Salvador, Lilian came to the United States when she was a teenager. She is fluent in Spanish and English.