Sylvia Ontaneda-Bernales

Sylvia Ontaneda-Bernales

  • Immigration Law
  • Maryland
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Biography

An attorney licensed in Maryland and DC, Ms. Ontaneda-Bernales has also been admitted to the United States Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. She has founded the Law Offices of Sylvia Ontaneda-Bernales (Maryland), Ontaneda-Bernales Law (Nevada), and Ontaneda-Bernales LLC (New Mexico). Her Immigration practice includes Relative Petitions, Fiance Visas, Naturalizations, Green Card Applications, Business and Investor Visas, and DACA, among other Immigration-related services. As a mediator, she has worked for the District Court of Maryland ADR Program. She is also a Spanish language consultant, translator, and interpreter listed in the Maryland Court Interpreter Registry. Ms. Ontaneda-Bernales memberships include various professional organizations and is Past President (2009-2010) of the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association. She obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from the George Washington University National Law Center, and holds an MA in journalism as well as a dual BA in journalism and social psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno, and is a graduate of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Lima, Peru (BA). Her journalistic career encompasses both the print and broadcast media and includes work as a freelance feature writer, book and newsletter editor, literary translator, television producer, documentary producer/director, and media consultant. Governor Martin O'Malley appointed Ms. Ontaneda-Bernales to the Maryland Health Care Commission in 2007 and in 2010 to the Commission to Study the Impact of Immigrants in Maryland. In 2010 Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake appointed her to the Wage Commission. In 2008, The Daily Record, a legal news daily, named her one of Maryland's Top 100 Women. Super Lawyers Magazine named her a Maryland Rising Star in January 2011, 2012 and 2013. Baltimore Magazine has also ranked her as Top Lawyer in Maryland.

Education
The George Washington University Law School
J.D. (2002) | Law
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University of Nevada-Reno
M.A. (1997) | Journalism
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University of Nevada-Reno
B.A. (1993) | Journalism and Social Psychology
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Dual BA, WITH DISTINCTION
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Professional Associations
Maryland State Bar
Member
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Bar
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Maryland
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Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Flat fees available.
Practice Area
    Immigration Law
    Asylum, Citizenship, Deportation Defense, Family Visas, Green Cards, Immigration Appeals, Investment Visas, Marriage & Fiancé(e) Visas, Student Visas, Visitor Visas, Work Visas
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
Website
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Contact & Map
Oontaneda-Bernales
American Immigration & Mediation Services
P. O. BOX 7702
Reno, NV 89510
Telephone: (775) 636-8038
Law Office of Sylvia Ontaneda-Bernales
120 E Baltimore St
Baltimore, MD 21202
Telephone: (410) 347-7662