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About me

I began my legal career as an attorney in EL SALVADOR.  I received my  Doctorate in Law from El Salvador National University in 1977.

Subsequently, I continued my education at Brooklyn Law School, one of the most prestigious universities in the state of NEW YORK.   I received my Juris Doctorate in 1992 from Brooklyn Law School. I am licensed to practice law in New York, Washington D.C., and El Salvador.

I have represented the community in a variety of services including Criminal, Immigration, Divorce, and Traffic cases. I am also able to handle your real estate or power of attorney cases in El Salvador.

I am a member of the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and The Suffolk County Bar Association.


Please feel free to contact either of my two offices with any questions you may have: Brentwood, NY (631) 231-0222 or Hempstead, NY (516) 489-3100.  You can always email at:  


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 60%
    24 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. International Law: 20%
    24 years, 1 thousand cases
  3. Power Of Attorney: 10%
    5 thousand cases
  4. Criminal Defense: 10%
    24 years, 5 thousand cases



Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

3 total 

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  • Mitchell C. Zwaik

    I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Penate and I have referred work back and forth for many years. We have never received a complaint. Him and his staff are very knowledgeable and their client relations and excellent.


    Mitchell Zwaik Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Gary Stuart Miller

    I have worked with Rafael Penate on numerous cases over the past 15 years. Mr. Penate is an extremely skilled attorney particularly in the area of immigration where often other attorneys rely on his expertise. He really goes to bat for his clients.


    Gary Miller Speeding and traffic ticket Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

1215 Suffolk Ave
Brentwood, NY, 11717-4511

119 Jackson Street
Hempstead, NY, 11550



NYCurrently registered 199203/07/2016
DCInactive 200009/30/2009
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyRafael Penate-Perla, Esq.1992 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Long Island Hispanic Bar AssociationN/A2005 - Present
Suffolk County Bar AssociationN/A1992 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brooklyn Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
University of El SalvadorLawDoctorate1977