Meet Your Attorneys

Legal Team at Sweet & Paciorek LLC

 

Philadelphia Immigration Attorney - Lindsey Sweet, Esq

Lindsey E. Sweet, Esq.

Philadelphia Immigration Attorney - Anna Paciorek, Esq

Anna Paciorek, Esq.

Pablo Quintanilla, Esq.

Lindsey E. Sweet, Esq.

Lindsey Sweet is one of the founding partners of Sweet & Paciorek, LLC.

A native of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Lindsey has also lived and studied in Veracruz, Mexico.  In 2003, Lindsey graduated with degrees in Political Science and Spanish from Haverford College.  Lindsey then worked with the Pennsylvania Migrant Education Program for 4 years where she provided supplemental education to the children of migrant farm workers in Chester County, Pennsylvania.  Later, while in law school at Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, Lindsey provided legal outreach in Spanish to indigent farm workers across Pennsylvania regarding their legal rights as employees and to immigrant day laborers in Newark, New Jersey.

Lindsey has worked defending immigrant legal rights since 2006 and has been licensed to practice law in the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey since 2009.  After working in several private firms, in August 2014, Lindsey united with Anna Paciorek to form Sweet & Paciorek, LLC, where she now manages the Avondale office and continues to focus exclusively on Immigration and Nationality Law.

She has performed extensive legal research and drafted briefs and motions to the EOIR and the BIA.  She works closely with individual clients and prepare applications and supporting documentation for Family-Based Petitions, Adjustment of Status, Removal of Conditions of Permanent Residency, Cancellation of Removal, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Self-Petitions, U Visa Petitions, T visa Petitions, Asylum and Withholding of Removal, Temporary Protected Status, Naturalization, Employment Authorization, Advance Parole/Travel Document, and various types of Inadmissibility Waivers.

Lindsey has served on multiple liaison committees of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  She frequently gives talks and workshops on immigration-related topics of interest to Spanish speaking communities, social service agencies, government agencies, private companies, school districts, and universities in and around Southern Chester County Pennsylvania and Delaware.  She is very involved in the community in and around her Avondale office, actively serving on the Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs for the Borough of Kennett Square, Board of the Joseph and Sarah Carter Community Development Corporation in Kennett Square, and the Board of the Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County.  Lindsey was named a 2018 Rising Star by Super Lawyers and 2018 Top Lawyer in Immigration Law by Main Line Today Magazine.

Anna Paciorek, Esq.

Anna Paciorek is one of the founding partners of Sweet & Paciorek, LLC.

A native of Warsaw, Poland, Anna Paciorek immigrated to the United States in 1988.  A transplant to Philadelphia, she then graduated from Temple University with degrees in History, French, and Philosophy in 1998.  In 2001, she received her L.L.M. in Transnational Law and J.D. from the James Beasley School of Law at Temple University.  Anna has worked with the immigrant community in Philadelphia since her arrival in the United States and has been licensed as an attorney since 2004.  Anna is admitted to practice in the state of New York and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

Before joining forces with Lindsey Sweet, Anna was employed as a staff attorney for over a decade at Nationalities Service Center (NSC), a Philadelphia nonprofit agency that services immigrants and refugees.  During her time at NSC, Anna managed a case load of hundreds of asylum, removal defense, “crimmigration”, family based, Violence Against Women Act and citizenship cases, all while supervising generations of legal interns. She has worked directly with victims of torture through the Philadelphia Partnership for Resilience, a joint project between NSC and HIAS and has done extensive work with victims of domestic violence especially in the asylum context. She has also directly instructed students and interns both as an adjunct professor at Temple Law School and as the intern coordinator at NSC.  Anna has served on the American Immigration Lawyers Association USCIS liaison committee Philadelphia Chapter for many years and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Asylum Committee for the Philadelphia Chapter.  She has given many trainings to the immigration and non-immigration bar on asylum, removal and family based matters.

Anna’s areas of expertise include asylum, removal defense litigation, and family based cases. Anna now manages the Philadelphia office of Sweet & Paciorek, LLC, where she leads the litigation arm of the firm and supervises the majority of student legal interns.  Anna also volunteers as the Chair of the Host Committee for Global Tastes, NSC’s annual fundraising gala.  She was named a 2018 Top Lawyer in Immigration Law by Main Line Today Magazine.

Pablo Quintanilla, Esq.

Pablo Quintanilla joined Sweet & Paciorek, LLC as an associate attorney in 2021. A native of York, Pennsylvania, he is also fully bilingual in Spanish and English and the oldest son of Salvadoran immigrants. In 2018, Pablo graduated with degrees in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Pittsburgh. He then attended Widener University Delaware Law School, where he re-founded and was the President of the Latin American Law Students Association at Delaware Law from 2019-2021. Pablo graduated with his juris doctorate in May of 2021 and was licensed to practice law in November 2021.

Pablo began his legal career at Sweet & Paciorek in 2019 as a summer law intern. Before returning to Sweet & Paciorek, Pablo garnered additional experience in immigration law working with both non-profit organizations such as Nationalities Service Center and private law firms. Pablo has experience in removal defense litigation as well as family-based immigration and humanitarian visas. As an attorney, Pablo is committed to zealously representing immigrants both inside and outside the courtroom. The child of immigrant parents, Pablo understands the challenges immigrants must face every day. This understanding has made it clear to Pablo how important transparency, professionalism, and empathy are in the area of immigration law and the legal profession in general. This is what motivates Pablo as an attorney, and he hopes to continue to inspire others by being an example of what immigrants can achieve through hard work and dedication.

Meet Our Legal Admin Staff

Legal Team at Sweet & Paciorek LLC

Office Administrator

Eliana Hernandez

Legal Assistant, Department of State Specialist

Bardo Galindo Ulloa

Legal Assistant

Ariana Soriano

Legal Assistant

Maria Castro

Senior Administrative Assistant

Gisell Hernandez

Office Receptionist

Amanda Gaytan

Junior Legal Assistant

Petra Tovar Leon

Legal Assistant

Christian Cordova-Pedroza

Legal Assistant

Maria Cruz Flores

Office Administrator

Eliana Hernandez

Eliana Hernandez (she/her) has worked with Sweet & Paciorek, LLC since March 2017 bridging both the Legal and Administrative Departments. A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Eliana is a licensed Attorney in Venezuela, specializing in Financial Law. She graduated from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Caracas, Venezuela and has 17 years of experience in the legal area. As an immigrant, Eliana is keenly aware of the circumstances of her clients, and focuses on offering them a quality service that meets their individual needs. Eliana is often the first point of contact with clients after an initial consultation with an attorney, as she is responsible for managing the process of onboarding new clients. She is also responsible for preparing the Employment Authorization applications, DACA applications, and making FOIA requests.

Legal Assistant, Department of State Specialist

Bardo Galindo Ulloa

Bardo Galindo Ulloa (he/him) has worked as a Legal Assistant with Sweet & Paciorek, LLC since June 2019. A native of Mexico City, Bardo immigrated to the United States in 2016. Bardo earned his bachelor’s degree in law at the University of Guadalajara. Prior to joining Sweet & Paciorek, Bardo worked as an advisor and Technical Secretary in the LV (50th) Legislature in the Congress of Guadalajara and as an advisor for the Mayor of Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. Drawing from his prior personal and political experience, Bardo is adept at navigating consular processing of both immigrant and nonimmigrant visas at US consulates worldwide. He also supports the firm’s USCIS clients with family-based petitions, fiancé visas, tourist visas, humanitarian visas (U & T), naturalization and more.

Legal Assistant

Ariana Soriano

Ariana (they/them) has been working with Sweet & Paciorek since 2020. Ariana received their bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College, majoring in Comparative Literature and Latin American and Latinx Studies. Outside of their coursework they devoted time to hosting poetry workshops and spent summers abroad researching story-telling in Mexico and Jordan. As a child of immigrants and a native of a vibrant immigrant community in North Jersey, they learned about deportation and immigration issues from an early age and saw how it shaped their immediate community. Ariana, fully bilingual in English and Spanish, is passionate about pursuing immigration justice and takes inspiration from how their community has thrived despite financial and legal barriers. With their humanities background, Ariana aims to incorporate a unique perspective when handling cases, doing their best to ensure that everyone has the ability to tell their story. Ariana’s work at Sweet & Paciorek is focused on litigation which includes Asylum, Cancellation of Removal and Adjustment of Status cases.

Legal Assistant

Maria Castro

Maria Castro (she/her) has worked as a Legal Assistant with Sweet & Paciorek, LLC since November 2020. Born in Bogota, Colombia, she relocated to the United States as a child. Maria is fully bilingual in Spanish and English. Maria earned her bachelor’s degree in International and Global Studies from the University of Central Florida. After college, Maria interned with the International Rescue Committee’s legal team in Baltimore, MD, helping in the immigration cases of people affected by humanitarian crises around the world. It is at this time that Maria became passionate about immigration law and decided to pursue a career as a legal assistant in this field. At Sweet & Paciorek, Maria supports the firm’s USCIS clients focusing on family-based petitions, adjustment of status, humanitarian visas (U, T and VAWA), naturalizations, and more.

Senior Administrative Assistant

Gisell Hernandez

Gisell Hernandez (she/her) has worked with Sweet & Paciorek since October 2019. Originally from Guerrero, Mexico, Gisell is fully bilingual in both English and Spanish. She enjoys working with the Sweet & Paciorek team because she is able to contribute to the process of making families’ dreams of immigration to the United States come true. Seeing client’ happiness when their cases are completed successfully is particularly motivating for Gisell to be excellent at her job. Gisell supports the administrative team of Sweet & Paciorek, focusing on billing, client communication and new client onboarding.

Office Receptionist

Amanda Gaytan

Located at the Avondale Office, Amanda (she/her) is Office Receptionist and has worked with Sweet & Paciorek, LLC since September 2021. Bilingual in English and Spanish, Amanda is the first point of contact for the office and manages the office calendar for both attorneys and legal assistant staff. Born in Delaware and growing up in Chester County, Pennsylvania, Amanda is the daughter of Mexican father and Puerto Rican mother. After getting her GED and attending some college, Amanda realized that had a passion for working with members of the Latino and other minority communities. Before joining Sweet & Paciorek, LLC, among other things, she worked as a Family Advocate for Latina mother and their newborn children and volunteered for Hispanic Commission of Coatesville. Amanda enjoys working with Sweet & Paciorek, LLC because it is rewarding to help clients directly and see firsthand how many people struggle due to lack of information or a language barrier. Working directly with the attorneys of the firm gives her satisfaction in knowing that clients are on their way to receive potentially lifechanging information and help.

Junior Legal Assistant

Petra Tovar Leon

Petra (she/her) is a Junior Legal Assistant and has worked with Sweet & Paciorek, LLC since January 2022. Fully bilingual in English and Spanish, Petra was born in Michoacan, Mexico. She immigrated to the United States at age 6 with her family, and has lived in Avondale, Pennsylvania for over 20 years. Petra graduated from Avon Grove High School in 2012 and is licensed Public Notary. As the daughter of immigrant parents and being an immigrant herself, she has witnessed the barriers that many immigrants face in accessing quality services in the community. Her own experience, and wanting better for her community, motivated her to join the legal team at Sweet & Paciorek, LLC where she helps clients with a variety of legal services. What she loves most about working with Sweet & Paciorek, LLC is being part of the process that brings families together and keeps families together in the United States.

Legal Assistant

Christian Cordova-Pedroza

Christian (he/him) is Legal Assistant and has worked with Sweet & Paciorek since July 2022. Fully bilingual in English and Spanish, Christian is a native of southeastern Pennsylvania of Mexican ancestry. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University with a joint concentration in Government and Sociology, a secondary in Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights, and a certificate in Latin American Studies. In college, he researched the political identities and social networks of immigrant agricultural mushroom farmworkers. With an interest in international migration, social inequality, carceral systems, and public policy, he hopes to be an advocate for immigrant rights and a catalyst for positive social change. With Sweet & Paciorek, Christian assists with preparing humanitarian visas, asylum, adjustment of status cases, DACA applications, Employment Authorization applications, family-based petitions, and more.

Legal Assistant

Maria Cruz Flores

Maria (she/her) is a Legal Assistant and has worked with Sweet & Paciorek since January 2022. Born In Toluca, Mexico, she relocated to the United States at the age of 9. Maria is fully bilingual in English and Spanish. Maria earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (PennWest Edinboro). Maria has always held a deep interest in helping her community and has fostered her interest through volunteering with organizations such as The Garage Youth Center and Driving PA Forward – MILPA. Maria enjoys working at Sweet & Paciorek, LLC because she knows that she is helping her own community with their immigration cases and she knows personally that having lawful immigration status in the United States can change someone’s life in so many positive ways.