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Romualdo “Romi” González
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Slip and Falls
  • Immigration & Naturalization
  • Family Law
  • Criminal
  • Traffic Offenses

Romualdo “Romi” González

Also available in: Spanish

Born in Habana, Cuba, “Romi”, as he is familiarly known, came to the United States in the year 1961. González graduated from the University of The South in Sewanee, Tennessee in 1970 (B.A. English), attended The University of Madrid, and then received a Juris Doctor from Tulane University. Since being admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1973, he has practiced law in the city of New Orleans with a general civil practice, including civil litigation and immigration matters, serving both local and international clientele.

Bar Admissions, Professional Associations and Memberships

Louisiana State Bar Association Louisiana State Bar Association, 1973
American Immigration Lawyers Association - 2015 Membership American Immigration Lawyer Association
New Orleans Bar Association New Orleans Bar Association
Jefferson Bar Association Jefferson Bar Association
Fifth District Court Of Appeals Fifth District Court Of Appeals
Eastern Louisiana District Court Eastern Louisiana District Court
Middle Louisiana District Court Middle Louisiana District Court
Western Louisiana District Cour Western Louisiana District Court

Direct Contact

By e-Mail: romi[at]rgonzalezlawfirm.com

By Phone: +1 (504) 581-2000

Biography & Profile

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“Habana Vieja de noche” by Gabriel Rodríguez. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Born in Habana, Cuba, “Romi”, as he is familiarly known, came to the United States in the year 1961. His parents stayed in Habana, as his father was the Bishop of the Anglican (Episcopal) Church in Cuba and wished to continue his ministry there and hold the church together in the evolving adversity faced.

González graduated from the University of The South in Sewanee, Tennessee in 1970 (B.A. English), attended The University of Madrid, and then received a Juris Doctor from Tulane University. Since being admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1973, he has practiced law in the city of New Orleans with a general civil practice, including civil litigation and immigration matters, serving both local and international clientele. His varied practice has included highly publicized cases, such as the Pan American Airlines crash in Kenner, the TAN-SAHSA Airline crash in Honduras, and many others. In the Dupont Hotel Fire in San Juan Puerto Rico, González negotiated the single largest recovery of the hundreds of injury and death cases, securing a $3.8 million dollar award for his injured client.

González has served as an advisor to numerous civic, political and educational persons and organizations on international matters, chairing the Mayor’s International Council for eight years. He founded and presided over the first local Latin American Chamber of Commerce, which was part of the Greater New Orleans Chamber of Commerce for a number of years. He later launched the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, under which he conceived and carried out “Carnaval Latino”, a 3-day international music festival. Romi also conceived, founded, and named “The Azucar Ball”, a fundraising gala for Carnaval Latino. He also initiated the Jupiter Hispanic Leadership Conferences. Most recently, Romi was able to coalesce factions of the New Orleans Hispanic community into first, the Hispanis Heritage Foundation, and later, into a single Chamber of Commerce (Jupiter II). He founded the International Cuba Society, which endeavors to reach out to new Cuba as it emerges from its closed past. He is also an active member of many local international initiatives. For some 25 years, González has hosted a weekly show on local Hispanic radio, providing legal and political commentary.

Nationally, he has served on several Hispanic and religious boards. During the early 1980’s he served on the Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief of the Episcopal Church, which allowed him to be of much help in securing assistance for the new arrivees in the aftermath of the Mariel boatlift as well as in other refugee and migration matters.

Some 28 years ago, Romi was part of the group which succeeded in assisting over 400 Cubans with New Orleans Families to leave through the port of Mariel on the ship “The God’s Mercy”. Its captains, now Bishops Leo Frade (South Florida) and Joe Doss (New Jersey, retired), were prosecuted by the Federal Government for “trading with the enemy”. González’ law firm successfully represented the priests.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu has also pointed Mr. González to the City’s Tricentennial Committee which is charged with the planning of the 300th Anniversary Celebration of the City’s founding.

Romi resides in the New Orleans area with Sara, a sales counselor at Lake Lawn Metairie Cemetery and has two sons: Romi Jr., an investment counselor with the local office of Smith, Barney, and Pablo, an attorney with the New Orleans branch of Phelps, Dunbar. His sister, Ruth-González-Mullen is a prominent local artist and educator, married to a much loved veterinarian, the late, Harold Mullen, D.V.M.

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Gloria T. Lastra
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Products Liability
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Appellate Practice

Gloria T. Lastra

Also available in: Spanish

Gloria Tianne Lastra attended Newcomb College of Tulane University in New Orleans, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Philosophy and Psychology in July 1995. She received her Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude, from Tulane Law School in New Orleans in January 1998. Ms. Lastra is fluent in Spanish, being a native of Puerto Rico. Ms. Lastra’s practice has included varying areas of law on both the plaintiff and defense side, ranging from public entity defense, construction law, insurance defense, personal injury, workers’ compensation, and arbitration. She joined Braden, Gonzalez & Associates in October of 2012.

Bar Admissions, Professional Associations and Memberships

Louisiana State Bar Association Louisiana State Bar Association, 1998
American Immigration Lawyer Association American Immigration Lawyer Association
Jefferson Bar Association Jefferson Bar Association
Fifth District Court Of Appeals Fifth District Court Of Appeals
Eastern Louisiana District Court Eastern Louisiana District Court
Middle Louisiana District Court Middle Louisiana District Court
Western Louisiana District Cour Western Louisiana District Court

Direct Contact

By e-Mail: glastra[at]rgonzalezlawfirm.com

By Phone: +1 (504) 581-2000

Biography & Profile

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Gloria Tianne Lastra attended Newcomb College of Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Philosophy and Psychology in July 1995. She received her Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude, from Tulane Law School in New Orleans in January 1998. Ms. Lastra holds a Certificate of Advanced Study and Training in Commercial Arbitration, and is fluent in Spanish, being a native of Puerto Rico. While studying at Tulane Law School, Ms. Lastra was a Civil Law Representative of the Student Bar Association and was an Associated Student Body Representative. Ms. Lastra was also employed as a law clerk with in-house counsel at Entergy Corporation, where she worked in the areas of employment, personal injury, public utility, and corporations law.

Following her admission to the Louisiana state bar in April 1998, Ms. Lastra began working for a law firm in downtown New Orleans, where she specialized in the areas of premises liability, product liability, and workers’ compensation defense. In 2006, and in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Ms. Lastra began practicing as an independent contractor, working for several New Orleans law firms and attorneys, and also representing her own clients. Ms. Lastra’s practice has included varying areas of law on both the plaintiff and defense side, ranging from public entity defense, construction law, insurance defense, personal injury, workers’ compensation, and arbitration. She joined Braden, Gonzalez & Associates in October of 2012.

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Cynthia M. Ceballos
  • Family Immigration
  • Employment Visas
  • Citizenship
  • I-9 Enforcement/Worksite Compliance And Audits
  • Criminal Immigration
  • Deferred Action
  • Removal & Deportation Defense

Cynthia M. Ceballos


Immigration & Naturalization Law

Also available in: Spanish

Cynthia M. Ceballos professional and personal history gives her the ability to provide thoughtful, sensible solutions to different types of immigration problems. Cynthia has dual citizenship in the United States and Mexico and was raised in Mexico City. She earned a Juris Doctor, and graduated with distinction, from the Universidad Iberomaricana, Law Department, in 1997.

Bar Admissions, Professional Associations and Memberships

Louisiana State Bar Association Louisiana State Bar Association, 2001
American Immigration Lawyers Association - 2015 Membership American Immigration Lawyer Association
New Orleans Bar Association New Orleans Bar Association
Jefferson Bar Association Jefferson Bar Association
Fifth District Court Of Appeals Fifth District Court Of Appeals
Eastern Louisiana District Court Eastern Louisiana District Court
Middle Louisiana District Court Middle Louisiana District Court
Western Louisiana District Cour Western Louisiana District Court

Direct Contact

By e-Mail: cceballos[at]rgonzalezlawfirm.com

By Phone: +1 (504) 581-2000

Biography & Profile

Ciudad México - Capital de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos

Officially known as Monumento a la Independencia (“Monument to Independence”), is a victory column on a roundabout on the major thoroughfare of Paseo de la Reforma in downtown Mexico City.

Every one of our immigration clients will work closely and directly with our lawyer, Cynthia M. Ceballos. Her professional and personal history gives her the ability to provide thoughtful, sensible solutions to different types of immigration problems. Cynthia has dual citizenship in the United States and Mexico and was raised in Mexico City. She earned a Juris Doctor, and graduated with distinction, from the Universidad Iberomaricana, Law Department, in 1997.

After moving to the United States, she earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Tulane University. Cynthia is licensed to practice law in both the United States and Mexico and is fluent in Spanish and English and proficient in French. Ms. Ceballos joined Braden, Gonzalez & Associates, to lead and manage all Immigration services within the firm.

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Max J. Koeck, IV
  • Criminal Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Bankruptcy
  • Tort Litigation
  • Contract Disputes
  • Traffic Offenses
  • Municipal Offenses

Max J. Koeck, IV

Also available in: Spanish

Max J. Koeck, IV joined Braden, Gonzalez, & Associates in August of 2016. He obtained his Bachelors of Science in Management in May 2007 from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. and his Juris Doctor from Loyola University in May 2010 and soon after, earning his LL.M. in Admiralty in May 2011. Mr. Koeck practice is centered in plaintiff’s personal injury, general civil litigation, and criminal defense. He is fluent in Spanish and is a citizen of both the United States and Republic of Panama, residing in Metairie, Louisiana with his wife Shirley, an optometrist, and their daughter Mika.

Bar Admissions, Professional Associations and Memberships

Louisiana State Bar Association Louisiana State Bar Association, 2010
Eastern Louisiana District Court Eastern Louisiana District Court
Western Louisiana District Cour Western Louisiana District Court

Direct Contact

By e-Mail: mkoeck[at]rgonzalezlawfirm.com

By Phone: +1 (504) 581-2000

Biography & Profile

Panama City Financial District

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Max J. Koeck, IV joined Braden, Gonzalez, & Associates in August of 2016. He obtained his Bachelors of Science in Management in May 2007 from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business, in New Orleans, Louisiana. and his Juris Doctor from Loyola University in May 2010. While studying at Loyola, Mr. Koeck was a Rule XX student attorney with the Criminal Defense Clinic, working under the guidance of Professor R. Judson Mitchell. While working as a student attorney, he obtained the first “Not Guilty” verdict of his career, defending an indigent client who was facing a life sentence if convicted. Mr. Koeck went on to represent other defendants while completing his legal education, obtaining favorable results in numerous matters. Once he passed the Louisiana bar exam and was admitted to practice law in October 2010, he went on to enroll in Tulane University Law School’s LL.M. in Admiralty program, earning his LL.M. in May 2011.

Upon completing his education in May 2011, Mr. Koeck went to work specializing in plaintiff’s personal injury, general civil litigation, and criminal defense. One of Mr. Koeck’s specialties is defending non-citizens in criminal cases, ensuring that the outcome of his clients’ cases will have no adverse impact on potential immigration relief or status. Mr. Koeck has substantial experience representing Spanish-speaking clientele throughout the State of Louisiana, obtaining successful outcomes in criminal and civil matters in both state and federal courts.

Mr. Koeck is fluent in Spanish and is a citizen of both the United States and Republic of Panama. Mr. Koeck resides in Metairie, Louisiana with his wife Shirley, an optometrist, and their daughter Mika.

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