Roberto Gonzalez’s legal experience spans over two decades in the private and public sectors, as a partner and practicing attorney, and with the Providence Housing Court, where he served as Chief Judge until January of 2007. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he was the Director of the Educational Opportunity Center at Rhode Island College; a program designed to provide information and assistance regarding postsecondary education to the public.
Roberto’s law practice focuses primarily in the area of immigration, although he has also worked in the areas of family, social security, business, workers’ compensation, and personal injury law. He enjoys helping individuals become U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents, as well as providing advice on all types of immigration issues.
Roberto represents businesses seeking to hire foreign nationals. He also regularly represents clients in deportation and removal cases in the immigration courts, and the immigration appellate tribunals. He has testified in the Courts as an expert on immigration law. He has been published and has presented numerous workshops and seminars on immigration law. Roberto is a member of the R.I. Bar Association and the R.I. Bar Foundation. He has also been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1990. Roberto is also very active in the local community. He has served on the Board of Directors of the International Institute of R.I. for nearly 15 years.
He also serves on several other community organizations including: Coalition of Student Advocates (CASO); The Opportunities Industrialization Center of R.I (OIC), and; the Anti-Racial Profiling Coalition. Roberto is fluent in Spanish. He received his Juris Doctor in 1986 from the New England School of Law, and his Masters Degree in Counseling (1978) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (1975) from Rhode Island College.
Deborah “Debbie” Gonzalez and Roberto Gonzalez have worked together for the benefit of the Rhode Island immigrant community for the past 22. Debbie is experienced in all aspects of immigration law including, deportation and removal cases, family and business immigration cases. Debbie also practices in the area of family law, including divorces, child custody and child support issues. She has also represented many clients in the Rhode Island District Courts who have been charged with misdemeanor criminal offenses. Debbie has successfully settled many cases for her clients who have suffered a personal injury as a result of another party’s negligence (including auto accident and slip and fall cases).
Most recently, Debbie is under contract working at the Roger Williams University School of Law, as Visiting Assistant Professor and Acting Director of the Immigration Law Clinic, until December 31, 2012.
Being born in the United States, Debbie was raised in Brazil by her Brazilian parents. As a result of her upbringing, Debbie spends much of her time helping the Brazilian community by volunteering her time with the mobile Brazilian Embassy when they travel from Connecticut to Rhode Island to serve Brazilians in Rhode Island in need of obtaining Brazilian documents.
In October of 2008, Debbie founded Brazilian Information Group, BIG, which is an organization with the objective of providing the Brazilian and Portuguese speaking community with information regarding a variety of topics in an effort to help the community to adjust to life in the United States.
She is also the chair for the East Providence Subcommittee of Welcoming Rhode Island, an affiliate of Welcoming America. In January of 2012, Debbie with the help of her subcommittee obtained a unanimous vote from the East Providence City Council affirming East Providence as a Welcoming City.
In her spare time, Debbie enjoys cooking and baking.
Debbie received her Juris Doctor in 2007 from Roger Williams University School of Law, her Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies in 2003 from Roger Williams University and her Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies in 2001 from Community College of Rhode Island. Debbie is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.
Olivielly (Levy) Lima
Levy has been working as a paralegal with Gonzalez Law Offices, Inc. since 2005. After graduating from East Providence High School, she went on to attend Rhode Island College where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a minor in Justice Studies. To improve her professional skills, she also obtained a Legal Assistant certificate from Katherine Gibbs School. She uses her educational experience and her language skills to assist the Immigrant community in the Rhode Island.
During her years at East Providence High School, Levy became a mentor for the Children’s Crusade, where she helped shape the minds of generation to come. She also extended her devotion for community work, when she joined the Women in Transition program at the Rhode Island Correctional Facility (ACI) during her college years, where she worked with incarcerated women to help them maintain a relationship and their children. Levy assists the attorneys at Gonzalez Law Offices and their clients in the areas of Removal of Deportation cases, VAWA, U Visas, Adjustment of Status, and waivers. She is fluent in Creole and Portuguese, and speaks some Spanish.
Isabel graduated from the Universidad Central del Ecuador where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political and Social Sciences, a Juris Doctor degree and a postgraduate degree in International Economic Sciences. Isabel is licensed to practice law in Ecuador. Prior to joining Gonzalez Law Offices, Isabel worked for 4 years as an attorney in Ecuador where she handled corporate, business, civil and notary matters.
Isabel plans to attend Roger Williams University School of Law to validate her professional degree. Isabel has been working as a Paralegal with Gonzalez Law Offices since May of 2007. Isabel’s areas of specialization are Adjustment of Status, Naturalization, Consular Processing and Waivers of Grounds of Inadmissability. She is fluent in Spanish.
Cristina Arias Sanmartin
Cristina has been working at Gonzalez Law Offices since October of 2010, as a receptionist and secretary. She also does translations from Spanish to English and English to Spanish. She was born in Ecuador. She is a graduate of Universidad Tecnologica Equinoccial (UTE) where she earned a degree in Engineering in Business Administration. She moved to Rhode Island after she obtained her degree in Ecuador. She is fluent in Spanish. She helps clients with the filing of forms for Employment Authorization and Advance Travel Document.
Antonio (Tony) Simas
Antonio “Tony” Simas is a Machine and Tool Designer by trade. He studied and worked in Brazil in his trade until 1983, when he returned to the U.S. with his family. While in the US, Tony has worked in several fields. Tony retired in July of 2006, and has been working with Gonzalez Law Offices since October of 2006, as a billing and collections clerk on a part-time basis. He also does translations from Portuguese to English and English to Portuguese. He has been an invaluable addition to the firm in up keeping our billing department. Tony also helps clients register changes of address with the Citizenship & Immigration Service.