Carlos has had a lifelong interest in helping anyone in need, which fostered his dream of becoming an attorney. After serving in United States Army as a mechanized infantryman, Carlos later attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
He then applied to only one law school, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and was admitted. He received his Juris Doctorate from the UNC School of Law and, immediately after being licensed, began practicing in criminal and family law representing mostly Spanish-speaking clients.
After forming his own firm, Carlos expanded his client base, but still has a high percentage of Spanish-speaking clients. He now practices primarily family law and other civil matters. He is a native of Colombia, South America and came to North Carolina as a Lawful Permanent Resident when he was five years old. Though he didn’t speak a word of English when he arrived, he quickly learned the language.
He applied to naturalize shortly after turning 18 years old and was naturalized as a citizen of the United States within a year. When he is not practicing law, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and working on anything mechanical.
Courtney graduated with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Studies. She studied abroad in Ecuador during her undergraduate degree program, and returned there after graduating to live for a year. While she was there, she worked as a teacher at Colegio Johannes Kepler where she taught English to preschool students. As the only native English speaker teaching at the school, she was fortunate to have the opportunity to develop her Spanish language skills.
She started law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011, and quickly discovered her passion for advocating for migrant and immigrant rights. She interned and volunteered in immigration legal positions throughout her time at law school, where she gained a skill set in a broad range of visa categories. She graduated as a Foreign Language Area Studies Fellow in Portuguese with more than 200 hours of pro bono experience.
Since graduating law school, Courtney has worked as an Immigration Case Manager and as an Immigration Associate Attorney. She strongly believes in the importance of giving back to the community, and among other volunteer positions has been a Guardian ad Litem for Spanish-speaking children since 2010. When she is not practicing law or volunteering, you might find her spending time with her family, hiking with her dog, or baking. *Courtney is currently licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.