Orlando A. Gamarra, Esquire
Owner, LA Bar

Mr. Gamarra opened his firm in 2001. He graduated from the San Martin de Porres University in Lima, Peru, where he received his Juris Doctor. His degree led to a focus in corporate law. He worked as a consultant for Banco de Credito de Peru Bank. In 1981 he came to the United States and studied English as a Second Language at Georgetown University. He went on to receive a Master’s Degree in International Law from American University in Washington, DC and became a member of the Louisiana Bar in 2001. He has four children, Paola Parral-Gamarra, attorney at law; Alex Gamarra, systems technician; Will Gamarra, Ceritified Public Accountant and; Orlando Gamarra Jr., Certified Public Accountant. 

Paola Parral-Gamarra, Esquire
Gamarra Law Office, Partner

Ms. Gamarra started with our firm in 1995 at the age of 19. She started out as our secretary and eventually made her way to Office Manager and Executive Paralegal. Ms. Gamarra studied at George Mason University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, all while maintaining her position at the firm. She knew that one day her father would like to see her at the head of the table, so she decided to pursue her law degree, which she received at the University of Baltimore School of Law. She oversees cases ranging from removal defense, U.S.CIS petitions to defense work in Maryland.

Gregory VanderWoude, Esquire Associate, MI Bar

Greg Joined the firm in April 2017. He graduated from Tulane University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. After working for a couple of years, Greg returned to school, receiving his law degree from Michigan State University College of Law in 2015 and his admission to the State Bar of Michigan in 2015. Greg works primarily with clients in removal proceedings. 

Melissa Medina, Receptionist/Secretary

Melissa joined our office in July of 2016. Melissa’s warm smile and gentle personality won us over as soon as we met her. She handles all of our phone lines and is the first point of contact for our clients, all while providing excellent customer service skills. She keeps the office in control, and is a wonderful asset to our business and its core values.

Iris Vasquez Lopez, Executive Paralegal

Iris joined our office in July of 2015. Iris originally came to our office as a client and we immediately fell in love with her charming personality. She started out as the firm’s receptionist and within a short amount of time, worked her way to being our executive paralegal, overseeing the entire office. Iris graduated with an Accounting degree from Jose Trinidad Reyes College in Honduras. She constantly strives for excellence, and is always willing to help those around her.

Luis Paredes Ubillus, Office Manager/Accountant

Luis joined our firm in February 2005 and originally started as the firm’s legal assistant and became an expert in Consular Processing and Waivers. Luis graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor in Accounting. He handles the firm’s accounting, client accounts, and manages the office. He also helps clients with their federal and state income taxes.

Edgardo T. Paredes, Paralegal

Edgardo joined our firm in 2001 and worked up to 2004. He returned in May of 2015. He is a graduate of the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega University in Lima, Peru. He has become an expert in consular process and deals with the National Visa Center on a daily basis. He is also in charge of the family petitions, NACARA and DACA cases.