A T T O R N E Y S
PAULA J. FERREIRA
Paula J. Ferreira is best characterized by her integrity, strong leadership, and resilient strive for justice. Paula was born in Bogota, Colombia to Jose and Janeth Rodriguez. She is a graduate of Destrehan High School and attended Loyola University New Orleans, where she graduated with a Bachelor in Political Science and French minor. In May of 2009, she received a Juris Doctorate Degree in Civil Law at Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans. On October 22, 2009, she was admitted to practice by the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Paula joined the Law Office of Miguel A. Elias in 2009. Although she has continuously practiced personal injury, workers compensation, criminal defense, and family law, her passion for immigration law has placed her at the forefront of the Immigration Department at the Elias Law Firm. She has represented clients from vast nationalities in deportation proceedings, adjustment of status, family petitions, victims of crime, undocumented minors, and asylum. She is admitted to practice in all Louisiana State courts and the United States District Court for the Eastern District. She has argued and presented briefs before the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and has presented briefs to the Board of Immigration Appeals and Louisiana Supreme Court. Paula resides in Destrehan and is happily married to Harry M. Ferreira, Jr.
- 2018 Public Service Award recipient
Adam M. Klock was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is a 2006 graduate of Jesuit High School and a 2010 graduate of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish with a minor in History. After returning home from college, Adam found his passion for immigration law working with victims of human trafficking. In May 2014, he received his Juris Doctor from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. While in law school, Adam had the honor of serving as Managing Editor of the Journal of Public Interest Law and as a student practitioner in the Immigration Law Clinic. After graduating from law school, he worked for local nonprofits in the field of immigration law. Adam joined Miguel A. Elias, APLC, in May 2017. He lives in New Orleans and is a proud member of the Louisiana Bar and a registered Notary.
Mario’s parents immigrated to the United States from El Salvador. He graduated from Jesuit High School New Orleans and received his B.A. in Sociology of Law and Social Control and minor in music from Loyola University New Orleans. In 2016, he received his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans where he was a student practitioner in the Criminal Defense Clinic. In October 2016, he was sworn in to practice law by the Louisiana Supreme Court and became a registered notary. He then clerked for the Honorable Judge Lala Sylvester and the Honorable Desiree Duhon Dyess of the 10th JDC in Natchitoches, LA. In August 2017, he joined Miguel A. Elias, APLC.
Donald “Andy” Mau received his Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University of New Orleans. In 2011, he received his J.D. and G.D.C.L. from Louisiana State University. During his time at LSU, he was awarded the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Mineral Rights, served as a Research Assistant for Professors Jasmine McNealy and Patrick Martin, and was a judicial extern for Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette J. Johnson. Since being admitted to practice law in Louisiana, he has worked in the New Orleans area and been involved in the ABA’s Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee, co-authoring the committee’s “Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law” from 2014- 2019 serving as vice-chair from 2014-2017. He has been named a Top 40 Under 40 in Louisiana by National Trial Lawyer’s Association and a Louisiana Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine. Andy joined Miguel A. Elias, APLC on 2018.
GRAHAM M. BRIAN
Graham Morgan Brian was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He attended the University of Tennessee, where he graduated magna cum laude in economics. While in college, Graham was a member of the U.S. Army ROTC, and served in the Louisiana Army National Guard for eight years after graduation. Before attending law school, Graham taught math at Chalmette High School. Graham graduated from LSU Law School in 2012, where he was a member of the Moot Court Board. Graham is passionate about helping others with their legal problems. Graham is experienced in assisting injured workers with their workers’ compensation claims. He also enjoys helping people resolve issues in their personal lives by being a family law advocate. He joined Miguel A. Elias, APLC in 2018.
Rashim was born in Metairie, Louisiana and raised in Terrytown, Louisiana. She is the only child of Maria Navarro and the late Hashim Khan. Her mother and father both proud immigrants to the United States from Cuba and Pakistan, respectively. Rashim attended Academy of Our Lady High School and Loyola University New Orleans where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a Minor in Philosophy Pre-Law in 2013. In May of 2018, she received a Juris Doctorate Degree in Civil Law with certificates in Immigration Law and Social Justice from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. She has worked in Immigration Law since 2015 as a volunteer, lead Intern, and Student Practitioner for the Stuart H. Smith Law Center at Loyola University College of Law as well as a law clerk at Miguel A. Elias, APLC. On April 24, 2019, she was admitted to the practice of law by the Louisiana Supreme Court. In November of 2019, Rashim joined Miguel A. Elias, APLC as an attorney and notary.
Olivia L. Kinnear
Olivia L. Kinnear was born and raised in North Salem, NY, in the suburbs of NYC. She is a 2015 graduate of Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY) where she received a bachelor’s degree in Government and History with a minor in French. After college, she taught English as a second language to elementary students in the south of France for a year. Olivia moved to New Orleans in the fall of 2016 for law school. While in law school, Olivia served as the Managing Editor for the Journal of Law and Sexuality, and as a student practitioner in the Juvenile Law Clinic. She graduated in May 2019 with a Juris Doctor from Tulane University School of Law. After graduating from law school, Olivia worked as a law clerk for Miguel A. Elias, APLC. Once she passed the bar in October 2019, Olivia transitioned to working as an attorney for Miguel A. Elias APLC. Olivia lives in New Orleans and is a proud member of the Louisiana Bar and a registered notary.
Sara C. Bruce
Sara C. Bruce is a graduate of Tulane University Law School, where she received her Juris doctor degree in 2019. While in law school, Sara completed a judicial externship for the Honorable Nannette Jolivette Brown at the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. During her final year of law school, Sara served as the Senior Online Editor of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal.
Prior to law school, Sara earned her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Spanish and International Affairs from the University of Georgia. Sara has worked abroad in Spain, England, and Argentina in many different legal environments.