A Boutique Law Firm Fighting For Everyday People

Meet Our Staff

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Julissa Castillo

Receptionist and Scheduling Coordinator

Julissa Castillo joined the DeCosmo Law team in May of 2022. She works diligently in assisting our clients and staff members. She is fluent in Spanish.

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Rafael Caballero Chapman

Paralegal

Rafael joined the firm in July 2021. With a diverse background defending low-income clients from predatory lending practices and providing consulting services to the federal government, Rafael has been directly and personally involved in immigration matters since 2010. An immigrant himself, Rafael completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Delaware and received a master’s degree in Public Administration from American University. Rafael provides litigation support in matters related to asylum, withholding of removal, and cancellation of removal, amongst others. Rafael is also fluent in Spanish.

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Vita Iannacone

Office Manager & Paralegal

Vita began working for DeCosmo Law in November of 2018. With her prior work experience as a paralegal, Vita brings her expertise in criminal matters as well as family matters such as divorce, custody, and guardianships. Vita also manages many aspects of the business end of the practice including accounting, human resources, and various other office dynamics.

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Abigail Juarez

Paralegal

Abigail Juarez joined the firm in May 2022. She received her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers-Camden University in Criminal Justice and Psychology. Abigail has always had a strong interest in immigration law as she comes from immigrant parents and understands the fear of being separated from family. She exhibits understanding, compassion, and care for the immigrant community. She is also fluent in Spanish and English.

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Alexia Ramos

Legal Assistant

Alexia Ramos joined the DeCosmo Law team in December of 2019 as a receptionist while pursuing a degree in Accounting at Rutgers University. Alexia is now the firm’s Legal Assistant, providing paralegal support while also working closely with clients. She is fluent in Spanish.

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Darling Ruiz

Receptionist / Client Coordinator

Darling brings many years of client-focused experience to DeCosmo Law. As a fluent Spanish speaker, Darling is committed to ensuring access to legal assistance for DeCosmo Law’s Spanish speaking clients and providing them with a friendly and hospitable experience.

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Leonela Villacis

Senior Paralegal

Leonela Villacis began working for DeCosmo Law in April of 2019. Leonela has over ten years of immigration paralegal experience. She handles family-based immigration cases, permanent residency applications, citizenship applications, U-Visa petitions, removal cases and waivers of inadmissibility. Her passion for justice transcends the workplace through volunteering for her community and using her digital platforms to be vocal on injustices against underrepresented minorities. Leonela is fluent in Spanish.