Burgos & Associates issued the following announcement on May 21.
This month we had the opportunity to speak with Gabriel Mondino, our Immigration Attorney at Burgos & Associates. A graduate from Pace University, Gabriel has been a valued associate of the Burgos Law firm team since 2009 and recently he was named a Super Lawyer Rising star for his excellence in the area of business litigation. Gabriel has expertise in immigration, Employment / Workman’s Compensation, and business litigation. Read on to learn more about Gabriel in this month’s attorney spotlight:
Q & A WITH OUR IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY GABRIEL MONDINO
1. Your parents are from Argentina, you were born DC and attended Pace University in New York. How did you decide to settle in New Orleans?
Moved to New Orleans, LA after I got married to a woman from Lafayette LA
2. What do you enjoy most about the practice of law?
I enjoy being able to help people with issues they find too complex to address or which they are fearful to address themselves and being able to improve their lives once we have achieved the result they were looking for and improved their life.
3. What do you think are the biggest lessons of 2019 for Hispanics living in New Orleans?
The biggest lesson of 2019 is that the United States remains a land of opportunity and that the Hispanic community cannot operate by fear or be weakened by intimidation. While individuals must be more aware of racist and discriminatory actions, there remain options in immigration, the justice system and laws of the United States still protect them. No dejes que nadie robe su paz.
4. Has the back and forth from the current Administration with regard to immigration affected your clients?
Tremendously. The current administration is taking blatantly anti-immigrant, and inconsistent stances on a variety of issues, from making it more difficult for legal asylum seekers to obtain relief or have their claims heard, to removing discretion of immigration judges, to the handling of standard immigration applications. While there hasn’t been a significant change in the actual immigration laws, the enforcement principals and fear promoted by this administration are having a very detrimental effect on immigrants to the United States.
5. What is the most challenging part of your work?
The fact that the legal and justice system can be difficult for people to understand, particularly if they feel that they have been wronged by it before and helping them feel comfortable with the fact that justice is a process that can be slow.
6. What is one of your proudest moment as an attorney at Burgos and Associates?
We were recently able to obtain a significant amount of unpaid overtime wages for a group of more than 40 individuals, who were mostly undocumented, from an employer that was notorious for its mistreatment of workers, including threats of “calling immigration” and other forms of intimidation.
7. What are your three most favorite activities outside of work?
Camping, enjoying restaurants and live music in the city of New Orleans, and participating in the day to day growth of my daughter.
8. What is something your clients would never guess about you?
My clients have been pretty creative, I’m not sure there is something that would surprise them once they know me.
9. Any words of advice for anyone looking for an immigration attorney in New Orleans?
Don’t be afraid of working with the detained docket.
Original source can be found here.