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M. Gabriela Ungo (former M. Gabriela Gonzalez Casafont) is an attorney at Walker & Ungo Law Firm, a full service U.S. immigration & naturalization law boutique. Gabriela was born in San Jose , Costa Rica on August 29, 1970 and is admitted to practice in New York State and Costa Rica. She has personally been involved in the complexities of the immigration process and paperwork, since her husband is a physician who has adjusted his visa status from J-1 to H-1B. She has, herself,  obtained an employment-based green card then becaming a U.S. citizen though the naturalization process.


Gabriela authors and is the editor of Walker & Ungo Immigration Update, a monthly immigration E-newsletter with hundreds of subscribers. She has publications and various professional and business journals and has been an invited as a speaker in bar meetings, business organizations and universities. She is not only an experienced immigration lawyer, but she understands her clients, and their anxieties. Her mission is to respond to her clients' needs in a prompt, accessible and efficient manner.


M. Gabriela is also an active member in her community. In 2012-2013 she was member of the Board of Directors Community Development Foundation (CDF), and is currently a member of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, a charitable organization in Tupelo, Mississippi.


Gabriela is married to Dr. Jaime R. Ungo, from El Salvador , and has three children. When she has any spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis, reading and traveling. 


Languages spoken: Spanish, French, Italian, English

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Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 100%
    15 years



Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Rehim Babaoglu

    I know that Ms. Ungo is well versed in immigration law. I endorse her and recommend her.


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Contact info

Walker & Ungo Law Firm

212 North Madison Street
Tupelo, MS, 38801


NYCurrently registered 200103/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2014
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2012
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2011
Community Leadership InstituteTupelo Chamber of Commerce (CDF)2009
Summa Cum Laude ProbatusUniversidad Autónoma de Centroamerica1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerWalker & Ungo Law Firm2006 - Present
Associate AttorneyLaw Office of Barry J. Walker2001 - 2006
Interim Attorney for Nickelodeon Launch in Latin AmericaMTV Networks1996 - 1996
Law ClerkTribunal Fiscal Administrativo1993 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers Association, Mid-South Chapter, Unauthorized Practice of Law CommitteeCommittee Member2013 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationMember2001 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
U.S. Court of Appeals For the Fifth CircuitMember2001 - Present
Colegio de Abogados de Costa RicaMember1994 - Present
Community Development FoundationBoard of Directors2012 - 2013
Good Samaritan Free ClinicBoard Member2007 - 2009
El Centro De La RazaBoard Member2006 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
National Interest Waivers ApprovedNWI Approved for physicians, entomologists. biology researchers, university professors
Immigration of Foreign Medical GraduatesJ waivers, H-1B visas and Green Cards Granted
Marriage-Based Green Card CasesOverwhelming majority of these individuals obtained permanent residence or conditional residence status
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Publication nameTitleDate
Mississippi Technology Alliance Pointe Innovation PublicationEconomic Development and Innovation Through Immigrant Talent & Foreign Investment2012
Mississippi Employment Law Practice Handbook, University of MississippiChapter 21: New Era of Immigration Employment Verification and Employer Sanctions2009
Mississippi Employment Law Practice Handbook, University of MississippiChapter 21: New Era of Immigration Employment Verification and Employer Sanctions2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Miami School of LawComparative LawLL.M - Master of Laws1995
Autonomous University of Central AmericaLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
University of MississippiPermanent Immigration Options For Professors and Researchers2012
University of MississippiImmigration Options For Students, Professors and Researchers2011
The New World of Employment Verification and Employer SanctionsBest Employment Verification Practices & E-Verify2009
CLE LunchIntroduction to Corporate Immigration Compliance Programs2009
The Basics of Immigration Law, CLE ConferenceImmigration at the Workplace2008
Business RoundtableImmigration Employment Verification & Employer Sanctions2008
Mississippi State UniversityNumerous Foreign Student Issues Presentations2006
Numerous CLE Bar Association EventsNumerous Immigration Legislation PresentationsN/A