Our Team

Andrew Barreto

Attorney / Managing Partner

Andrew Barreto has been a Partner at Goren & Barreto, LLC since 2017 and a part of the firm since 2012. He is licensed to practice law in the state of Maryland, District of Columbia, the federal U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and he is permitted to practice federal Immigration Law throughout the United States. He has also been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 2012.

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.

As a first-generation American and the son of a Cuban asylee, 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 has had over 10 years of success in removal defense with countless Asylum and Cancellation of Removal victories for his clients. He also helped his clients with naturalization, adjustment of status, waivers, special immigrant juvenile status, criminal immigration, employment visas, and in particular religious worker visas.

Email: abarreto@gorenbarretolaw.com


Katherine Martinez

Associate Attorney

Katherine S. Martinez, Esq. is the Senior Managing Associate at Goren and Barreto, LLC. She has focused her practice on removal defense, U visas, special immigrant juvenile status, family based petitions, adjustment of status, waivers, naturalization, and appellate work. Katherine is a member of the Maryland Bar and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.

Katherine graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland School of Law, where she was Articles Editor for the Journal of Race Religion Gender and Class (JRRGC). As a student, Katherine was awarded the Joseph Bernstein Award for the most significant piece of legal writing for publication in the JRRGC in her graduating year.  Katherine was also awarded  scholarships by the Montgomery County Women’s Bar Foundation and the J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association.  

While in law school, Katherine was a student attorney at the University of Maryland Immigration Clinic, where she represented clients in removal proceedings. During her time in clinic, she had the opportunity to assist with appeals to the Board of Immigration Appeals and to the Fourth Circuit.  Katherine also interned at the Baltimore Immigration Courthouse.

Prior to law school, Katherine attended the Johns Hopkins University where she earned a Bachelors of Arts in History, and a Minor in Women, Gender and Sexuality studies. In addition, Katherine worked as a bilingual legal advocate for the House of Ruth Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, where she provided legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence. Katherine is a native Spanish speaker. 

Email: kmartinez@gorenbarretolaw.com


Rudy Coram

Associate Attorney

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.</p

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.

Email: rcoram@gorenbarretolaw.com


Diego Cubas

Paralegal

Diego Cubas is an Immigration Paralegal at Goren & Barreto, LLC. He 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.  

At Goren and Barreto, Diego has focused on Special Immigrant Juvenile cases and asylum cases, among other immigration/ family matters. He assists the attorneys in preparing and submitting motions and supplemental filings with Immigration Court.  

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.  

Email: dcubas@gorenbarretolaw.com


Walter Ortega

Paralegal

Walter Ortega has over 20 years of experience as an immigration paralegal at Goren & Barreto. He has been a crucial part in completing Family Petitions and Consular Processing cases for our clients and working on cases dealing with the National Visa Center and U.S. Consulates worldwide. Originally from Peru, he is fluent in Spanish and English.

Email: wortega@gorenbarretolaw.com


Vanessa Puertas

Paralegal

Vanessa Puertas joined the Goren and Barreto team in 2020. She has helped with office organization, client intake and inquiries, Freedom of Information Act Requests, employment authorization applications, U-Visa certifications and family petitions. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Demography, Race and Gender studies and Latin American Diaspora. Prior to joining our team, Vanessa worked for over 6 years in the non-profit sector based in Latin America. Originally from Venezuela, she is fluent in Spanish, French and English.

Email: vpuertas@gorenbarretolaw.com

Jose Flores

Paralegal

Jose has been mainly assisting our team with work permit applications, as well as preparing and submitting motions and supplemental filings with the Immigration Court. Jose has a certified seal of biliteracy from MCPS. He is currently studying Cyber Security and Computer Science at the University of Maryland. Jose is a first-generation American from a Salvadoran family.

Email: jflores@gorenbarretolaw.com

Helena Ammar

Administrative Assistant

Helena Ammar has been an integral part of the administrative team at Goren & Barreto for over 30 years. She assists our legal team by communicating directly with clients and facilitating with intaking and processing documents for every case. Originally from El Salvador, Helena is fluent in Spanish and English.

Email: hammargorenbarreto@gmail.com


Lilian Ramos

Administrative Assistant

Lilian Ramos joined Goren & Barreto in 2018 with over three years of experience in the Personal Injury Department at another law firm. Lilian assists with customer intake and National Visa Center submissions. She is a registered notary public. Originally from El Salvador, Lilian came to the United States when she was a teenager. She is fluent in Spanish and English. 

Email: lramosgorenbarreto@gmail.com

Lesly Landaverde

Administrative Assistant

Lesly assists in office organization and answers and redirects phone calls while providing personalized support for all our clients and our team members. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors degree in Criminology, Family Science and minoring in counter-terrorism at the University of Maryland.

Email: interngb3@gmail.com