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.

 

Memberships/Affiliations/Awards:

- 2018 Public Service Award recipient

 

ADAM KLOCK

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 ZAVALA

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.

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DONALD MAU

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.

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Rashim Khan

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.

Robert “Elliot” Duhon

Robert “Elliot” Duhon was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is a 2007 graduate of Louisiana State University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication – Advertising and a minor in General Business Administration. During undergrad, Elliot was a member of the LSU Advertising Federation. He also worked with handicapped children. In 2012, Elliot graduated from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University with a Juris Doctor and Diploma in Civil Law. During law school, he studied abroad at the Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 in Lyon, France, was a member of the Student Bar Association (representing as 3L Class President), and completed a summer externship in DUI Prosecution at the City Solicitor’s Office in Atlanta, Georgia. After law school, Elliot pursued a career in oil and gas title abstracting in Illinois and Texas before moving to New Orleans in 2015, where he began the practice of personal injury law. Elliot is a proud member of the Louisiana Bar Association, Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, the New Orleans Bar Association, and the American Association of Notaries. In his spare time, he is an active member of Stonewall Sports New Orleans and the Krewe of King Arthur. In 2020, Elliot joined Miguel A. Elias, APLC.  

Jimmy D. Whitehead III

Jimmy D. Whitehead III received his Bachelor of Arts from Mississippi State University. In
2020, he received his Juris Doctorate Degree in Civil Law with certificates in Social Justice and
Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.
Recently, in 2021, Mr. Whitehead graduated with a Master of Laws in Immigration and
Citizenship. While receiving his J.D. and L.L.M., Mr. Whitehead worked at the Stuart H. Smith
Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice. He started working as a student practitioner. On
September 4, 2020, he was admitted to the practice of law by the Louisiana Supreme Court.
After completing his J.D., he served as a Teaching Assistant at the Loyola Law Clinic, where he
took on immigration cases and mentored student practitioners and other volunteers. In December
2020, he was awarded the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center Public Service Award. In March
2021, the Louisiana State Bar Association recognized him with a 2021 Law Student Pro Bono
Award for his work in creating and implementing a Medical-Legal Partnership between the
Loyola Law Clinic and Luke’s House Clinic benefiting low-income and indigent immigrants. In
May 2021, Mr. Whitehead joined Miguel A. Elias, APLC as an attorney and notary.

Mario A. Sanchez Jr.

Mr. Sanchez was born and raised in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. After graduating from Archbishop Rummel High School, where he excelled on the tennis team, Mr. Sanchez earned his Bachelor of Science in Marketing at the University of New Orleans.

Mr. Sanchez then went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University New Orleans, where he was nominated for the American College of Bankruptcy, Distinguished Law Student Award. While in Law School, Mr. Sanchez participated in Loyola’s Criminal Defense Clinic, working directly with Professor Snead.

After Law School and passing the Louisiana State Bar Exam, Mr. Sanchez was immediately hired by attorney, Martin Regan, at Regan Law P.L.C. as a criminal defense trial attorney. While at Regan Law P.L.C., Mr. Sanchez was successfully responsible for handling over fifty major cases.

Mr. Sanchez then joined the team at the Law Office of Miguel A. Elias in May 2021 focusing his practice primarily as a criminal defense attorney. Mr. Sanchez is licensed to practice law in all Louisiana State Courts and is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association. 

In his free time, Mr. Sanchez enjoys participating on the Board of Directors of his condominium association, playing tennis, and spending time with his family in Puerto Rico.