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Officers

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Miriam K. Crespo

President

Law Office of Miriam K. Crespo
2439 Manhattan Blvd. Ste. 310
Harvey, LA 70058
Phone: 504-881-1818
Fax: 504-208-3545

M Ms. Miriam Karyna Crespo started her solo-practice in April of 2017 and is also a Supervising Attorney over Loyola College of Law Immigration Clinic students. She is a New Orleans native and was born of a Honduran mother and Mexican father. In 2007, Ms. Crespo earned a J.D. from Loyola University College of Law. She has worked in several states such as Illinois, Virginia and Washington D.C in immigration. Ms. Crespo gives several talks to the Latinx community throughout the state of Louisiana including a weekly informational talk and free legal consults every Monday at the Honduran Consulate of New Orleans. Miriam Crespo, an award-winning immigration lawyer in Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional district, has dedicated her life to advocating for her state’s foreign-born population.

 

Previously, Ms. Crespo worked as the Managing Immigration Attorney at Catholic Charities Diocese of Baton Rouge and as an associate for Maria-Baldini-Potermin & Associates in Chicago, Illinois. Most recently, Ms. Crespo previously worked as the Project Attorney for the Legal Orientation Program for Custodians (LOPC) of Undocumented Alien Children through the Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. (CLINIC) in Washington, D.C. The LOPC is a Department of Justice funded program which educates custodians of undocumented children on the legal immigration process. Prior to that position, Ms. Crespo managed the EOIR funded Legal Orientation Program at the LaSalle Detention Facility in Jena, Louisiana and previously served as the Jesuit Volunteer Corp Detention Project Coordinator for CLINIC’s Gulf Coast Immigrant Project for in New Orleans.

 

Ms. Crespo has vast experience in detention and removal work and immigrant community outreach. In addition, Ms. Crespo has provided introductory seminars on immigration law to law students at La Universidad de Rafael Landivar in Guatemala. Her work has earned her many awards, including the Louisiana State Bar Association Student Pro Bono Award, the Gills Long Public Service Award, the Outstanding Clinic Student Practitioner in the field of Immigration Law Award, Top 40 Under 40 National Advocates 2016, and most recently voted top 10 Best in Client Satisfaction by the American Legal Counsel Institute 2016.

Ms. Crespo has a passion for community involvement in the political process and education and served as the Chair of the Hispanic Steering Committee for the Re-election campaign of Senator Mary Landrieu. And, is currently a Hispanic Representative of the Women in Power committee in the senate race campaign for Caroline Fayard. In the past Ms. Crespo hosted a radio show called “Ruta Diferente” on Radio Amor 91.9 FM and on Radio America a station based in Honduras streamed via tunes in, where she provided information to the general public on immigration law and local social services in the area. In addition, she dedicates one day on a weekly basis at the Honduras Consulate in New Orleans to carry out pro bono legal services since 2014. Ms. Crespo is a member of the Louisiana Bar and is a notary in the State of Louisiana and Illinois. Previously, she served as the AILA Mid-South Chapter Pro Bono Liaison, and Secretary of the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana 2014-2016. Ms. Crespo currently sits as the Chair of the Immigration Section of the Federal Bar Association.

Isabel Bonilla-Mathé

Acting Vice President & Secretary

Sullivan Stolier LLC
909 Poydras Street, Suite 2600
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
Phone: (504) 561.1044
Fax: (504)561.8606
ibonilla@sullivanstolier.com

I Ms. Isabel Bonilla-Mathé joined Sullivan Stolier Schulze & Grubb in 2015 and is an associate in our New Orleans Office. She is a Miami native who worked in the South Florida healthcare sector prior to commencing her legal career in Louisiana.

 

In 2015, Ms. Bonilla-Mathé earned a joint J.D. and Masters in Health Administration from Tulane University Law School and Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. While earning her degrees, Ms. Bonilla-Mathé clerked at local and national law firms specializing in medical malpractice litigation.

 

Ms. Bonilla-Mathé represents diverse health care clients including public, private, rural, specialty, and academic hospitals, physician groups and health care trade associations on a broad variety of health care topics such as regulatory compliance, licensure, certification, and enrollment, provider mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial payment issues, Stark and Anti-kickback advice, fraud and abuse counseling, managed care litigation, contractual litigation, corporate governance litigation, state and federal appellate work, Medicare and Medicaid related audits, cases before the Provider Reimbursement Review Board and other administrative law proceedings.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Michael Schulze & Isabel Bonilla-Mathé, Final Rules on Reimbursement for Off-Campus Provider-Based Departments, LHA Impact Lawbrief, Vol 31, No. 8 (Nov. 2016).
  • Michael Meunier & Isabel Bonilla-Mathé, Medicare Overpayment Litigation, Louisiana Hospital Association Health Law Symposium (Oct. 2016).
  • Isabel Bonilla-Mathé, To Group or not to Group? Refugee Status for Central American Victims of Gang Violence, 22 TUL. J. INT’L & COMP. L. 145 (2013).

 

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana (2015)
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western District, Louisiana (2015)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (2015)

 

Education

  • Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, M.H.A. (2015)
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., Certificate of Specialization in Maritime Law (2015)
  • University of Miami, B.A., Cum Laude (2010)

 

Languages

  • Bilingual, English and Spanish
  • Working Knowledge in Portuguese

Professional Associations, Honors & Activities

  • Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana, Vice President & Secretary
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • New Orleans Federal Bar Association
  • Louisiana Bar Association, Health Law Section
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Louisiana Hospital Association
  • Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society of the Association of University
  • Programs in Health Administration (2015)
  • Tulane University Law School, Moot Court Board Member (2013-2014)
  • CALI Award for Excellence in Marine Insurance Law (2014)
  • Tulane University Law School, Appellate Moot Court, JESSUP Team,
  • Participant & Coach (2012-2013)
  • Top Oralist for Southern Region, JESSUP (2013)
  • Managing Editor and Junior Member, Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law (2012-2014)
  • Executive Board, Tulane University Law School’s La Alianza del Derecho (2012-2014)
  • Tulane University Law School, Dean’s Scholarship (2011)
  • University of Miami, Honors Program, General Honors, Departmental Honors, Greek Honors, and Pi Sigma Alpha (2007-2010)
  • University of Miami, Dean’s Scholarship (2007)

Isidro René DeRojas

Treasurer

909 Poydras St Ste 1000
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 846-8433
Fax: (800) 977-8810
ird@mcsalaw.com

I Mr. Isidro DeRojas is a bilingual Hispanic-American, with extensive experience in litigating personal injury disputes in state and federal courts throughout Louisiana. Since 1991 he has maintained a diversified insurance defense practice that includes personal injury, premises liability, automobile liability, pharmacy malpractice, products liability, homeowners and workers compensation. He has lectured at CLE seminars and is a Lorman Distinguished Faculty Member. He has also given numerous client educational seminars. Prior to joining the firm he maintained a general practice which also included family law, bankruptcy, estate planning, successions, business organizations and real estate transactions. He has tried numerous cases in Southeast Louisiana courts. Mr. DeRojas has received Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating of “AV”.

 

Mr. DeRojas is also a mediator on the panel of Perry Dampf Dispute Solutions, a statewide mediation firm with its main office located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. If you would like to schedule mediation with Mr. DeRojas, please call (225) 389-9899.

Education

  • B.A., University of New Orleans, 1984.
  • J.D., Loyola University School of Law, 1987
  • College of Trial Advocacy at Hastings College of the Law, 1988

 

Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

 

Memberships

  • Louisiana Bar Associations
  • Hispanic National Bar Association
  • Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana (Treasurer)
  • The Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Louisiana Bar Association Minority Involvement Section

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