Bronx immigration attorney Belinda Arevalo is a skilled advocate who is dedicated to helping her clients. Born of first-generation immigrant parents from El Salvador, she truly appreciate the complex struggles faced by immigrant families.
Like countless others, her parents journeyed to the United States in pursuit of the American Dream. Her father was 23 years old when he left El Salvador, hopeful that the opportunities available in the United States would help raise his family out of poverty.
Belinda earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Binghamtom University in New York, majoring in psychology and minoring in Spanish and international studies. During this time, she served as a Diversity Fellows Facilitator, and studied abroad in Madrid and Paris. After graduating, she went on to study abroad in Rome with St. John’s University School of Law. Shortly after, she pursued her Juris Doctor at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
During law school, she became the recipient of the Palm Beach County Bar Association Minority Scholarship. In addition to making it onto the Dean’s List in winter 2009 and 2011, she accrued over 400 hours of pro-bono work.
Having earned her law degree, Belinda went on to fill several positions. She served at the Public Defender’s Office in Miami as an Intern, and went on to work as a Law Clerk at the Legal Offices of Izquierdo & Marin, where she did extensive research and aided with appeals. From there, she moved on to work as a bilingual immigration attorney at Zwaik, Gilbert and Associates in Hampton Bays, New York.
Kristen Epifania is a second year associate attorney with the Law Offices of Julie Rendelman. She works on both misdemeanor and felony matters with the firm, as well as family court matters.
Kristen graduated from Brooklyn Law School in downtown Brooklyn, New York, where she received the Dean’s Merit Scholarship, the Lisle Scholarship, and the Lark-Barranco Scholarship. While there, she studied a diverse array of law, including immigration and asylum law and trial advocacy, among others. However, focusing on her passion for the criminal sector early on, Kristen pursued a specialized Certificate in Criminal Law, which required studies in Federal Criminal Investigations, Criminal Procedure and Evidence, Securities Fraud, Law and Police Policy, Forensic Science, and New York Criminal Procedure.
Additionally, Kristen gained practical experience on both the state and federal levels while at BLS. She worked with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in the Crimes Against Children bureau, where she assisted with the prosecution of sex crimes, assault charges, and homicide cases. She also worked with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, handling immigration matters that intersected with the criminal sector. Seeking to be involved in the community, Kristen dedicated pro-bono hours in Memphis, Tennessee, working as a Juvenile Justice Representative with the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office, as well as with Sanctuary for Families here in New York, where she assisted with divorce proceedings stemming from domestic violence and sex trafficking cases.
Currently, Kristen is admitted to practice law in both the states of New York and New Jersey, as well as the Southern District of New York. She is a member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, as well as the New York State Bar Association. Kristen began working with the Law Offices of Julie Rendelman while still at Brooklyn Law and has since dedicated her career to passionately advocating for her clients. Compassionate and aggressive, Kristen will go the extra mile to fight for those she represents.
We provide honest, quality and affordable legal services in the following areas of law: Family Law (Contested & Uncontested Divorces, Child Support/ Custody/ Visitations); Immigration Law; Real Estate Law; Landlord Tenant Law; Wills, Trusts, Estates; Contracts; Elder Law and Medicaid Planning