Carolina Curbelo, Attorney at Law

Clients often want to know how I got started in immigration law. I am an attorney who cares about my clients and community. My professional and personal philosophy includes giving back in ways that makes a meaningful difference to the communities to which I dedicate my practice. I am a firm believer in Mahatma Gandhi’s idea of ‘being the change you want to see in the world’.

Professional Memberships

American Immigration Lawyer Association (AILA)

Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey

New Jersey State Bar Association

National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals


District of New Jersey

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey

Circuit of Appeals, Third Circuit

United States Supreme Court

The Law Office in Ridgewood, NJ

I represent individuals in immigration proceedings before U.S. Immigration Courts as well as before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for family-based petitions, naturalization, and humanitarian relief such as asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, U visas, VAWA and T visas.


I have significant experience representing individuals in humanitarian immigration claims, including asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under the Convention against Torture. I have represented political activists, those fleeing from forms of gender-based violence, those fleeing gang violence, and members of the LGBTQ community from all over the world. I am particularly skilled at representing unaccompanied minor children and teenagers. My practice also includes family based immigration claims, bond for detained individuals, and immigration assistance for those with criminal records, and advising small businesses and entrepreneurs in business immigration matters.

As the mother of a twice-exceptional child, I have first-hand experience negotiating and navigating the special education process. I have represented parents and their children at IEP meetings, due process hearings and settlement negotiations.  


During my summers in law school, I worked as a real estate agent for my aunt’s real estate brokerage in Northern New Jersey. From the offer to the closing, I provide insightful advice and tenacious representation that real estate clients need.


I focus on providing personal service and individual attention no matter how complex or straightforward the real estate matter. I have represented sellers and purchasers of all types of real estate, whether residential, commercial or condominium properties. I also have experience representing clients who are facing foreclosure.


I am a graduate of Vermont Law School and a graduate of Rutgers University. I am fluent in Spanish. After law school, I clerked for the Hon. Joseph S. Conte, J.S.C. in the Civil Division in the Bergen County Vicinage. From September 2006 to October 2011, I worked in the business development and litigation departments of Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP a famous, New York headquartered, international law firm. From October 2011 to May 2015, I served as a New Jersey State mediator resolving employment and labor disputes, and as an Appeals Examiner in unemployment appeals for the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development.


I am the daughter of Cuban refugees, who grew up listening to the stories of my parents and grandparents fleeing political persecution from Fidel Castro’s Cuba.


In 2015, I decided to take a pro bono case representing an unaccompanied minor child that fled his home country due to gang and gender violence. After patiently working with my child client for about a year, I successfully obtained a grant of affirmative asylum on behalf of this child.


I serve as a pro bono attorney for Northeast New Jersey Legal Services, Kids in Need for Defense (KIND), and Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ). Currently, I am the Chair of the AILA-NJ Pro Bono Liaison for 2018-2019.

Working with Curbelo Law through my legal issues brought me peace of mind and reassurance that there is a chance in every situation. You are in the good hands here.

Julia K.





Brian D. O'Neill is a highly experienced attorney celebrating nearly 40 years as a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Bars.  In 1971 he graduated from the University of Maryland with High Honors and a B.A. degree in Government & Politics. After service in the U.S. Navy from 1971 to 1974, he attended Rutgers-Camden School of Law, where he was on the Editorial Board of the Rutgers-Camden Law Journal.  He obtained his J.D. Degree with Honors in 1977.




Ifeoma Odunlami is a graduate of Pace University School of Law (1994) where she was a Casenote editor  of the International Law Review.  She is admitted in both New Jersey and New York.  Following graduation from law school, she did a judicial clerkship in the Family Division, Essex County Superior Court, Newark New Jersey.  Ms. Odunlami started her trial career at Harwood Lloyd .  She has over twenty years  experience as a trial attorney with a  strong success record.  Ms. Odunlami is the founder and principal of Odunlami Law Firm, LLC where she specializes in Real Estate, Immigration, Social Security Disability and Bankruptcy.  Odunlami Law Firm, LLC provides individual personalized attention and experienced counsel to our clients.  Ms. Odunlami is a proud member of the New Jersey Bar Association, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney (NACBAR), the Bankruptcy Inns of Court and the  National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representative (NOSSCR).   Ms. Odunlami also donates her time to assisting indigent debtors in bankruptcy proceedings as a volunteer attorney of the Legal Services of New Jersey.  Ms. Odunlami emigrated from Nigeria and speaks Ibo fluently.  (www.odunlamilaw.com)

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LYNNE D. FELDMAN, Esq. has spent her entire career preparing to serve those parents who need an advocate//litigator to secure the best educational path for their children. One size of educational programming does not fit all, even if the child receives a diagnosis similar to other children. Each child comes from a unique mosaic of genetic, sociological, behavioral, and psychological influences that change as the student develops over time. Feldman is the rare professional equipped to see the entire child from a variety of perspectives.


Feldman has a degree in Public Law and Government from Columbia University's Graduate Faculties; a teaching degree; a law degree from Pace Law School where she was on the Dean's List and won awards for her trial abilities. She has many certificates in child and adult development, the spiritual development of children, and has researched areas such as the "twice exceptional" student with high IQs and simultaneously occurring disabilities.  She taught in public school for over two decades, received many awards at every level, and is a published author. As a teacher she attended countless IEP meetings and administered hundreds of IEPs for her students in both advanced and regular classes.


During a hiatus in her teaching career, she attended law school and began to litigate serious criminal cases for both juveniles and adults. She worked at a matrimonial firm where she represented families involved in custody issues and parenting disputes. Feldman has mediation training and advised students on educational choices. Her deep interest in and concern for students has also been forged by fighting for both her daughter and now her grandson who have exceptional intellects and a variety of disabilities. 

The Law Office of Carolina T. Curbelo, LLC

Ridgewood Location:

45 North Broad Street, 1st Floor

Ridgewood, New Jersey 07450

West New York Location:

6700 Bergenline Avenue West

New York, NJ 07093

Tel. (201) 379-4040

Fax (201) 379-4777

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