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Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Immigration: 87%
    11 years
  2. Arbitration: 10%
    12 years
  3. Intellectual Property: 3%
    9 years



Hourly ($160-340/hour)

Payment types:

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1349 Smith Avenue
Baltimore, MD


DCInactive 200507/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Maryland's TOP 100 WomenThe Daily Record2008
Educator AwardMaryland Volunteer Lawyers Service2007
Public Service Award/Outstanding Contribution by an IndividualMaryland Hispanic Bar Association2007
Women on the Move through History, Honor RollNevada Women’s History Project1997
Women's Role Model Award- Frankie Sue Del Papa, Nevada Attorney General1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyLaw Office of Sylvia Ontaneda-Bernales2010 - Present
CommissionerGovernor's Commission on the Impact of Immigrants in Maryland2010 - 2011
AssociateOber, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver, A Professional Corporation2004 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Bar Association of the District of ColumbiaN/A2005 - Present
Maryland State Bar AssociationN/A2003 - Present
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Maryland Hispanic Bar AssociationPresident2009 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
AsylumAsylum granted
Refugee Seeks Waiver of Grounds of ExcludabilityWaiver granted
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Publication nameTitleDate
Maryland Bar JournalWalking a Tight Rope: Ethical Considerations and Pitfalls in the Representation of Both Employer and Employee2008
Health Law Alert, Ober|KalerA Wake Up Call: The SSA 'No-Match' Letter and the Safe Harbor Rule2008
Construction OberView, Ober|KalerVerifying Employment Eligibility2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
University of Nevada-RenoJournalismMA - Masters1996
University of Nevada-RenoJournalismBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
University of Nevada-RenoSocial PsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1993