Cynthia Lucas

Cynthia Lucas is a partner at Lucas & Barba LLP in Los Angeles, handling a range of removal defense, special immigrant & family-based immigration law matters, including U visas, VAWA, Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) petitions, consular processing and waivers. Ms. Lucas a graduate of the University of San Francisco & the University of California Berkeley. She is a first-generation Latina whose parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico and Nicaragua. Her past experience includes extensive public interest work as a nonprofit attorney, including work for the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, and, as an Associate Attorney at a prominent private firm, handling family-based & employment-based immigration matters. In addition to her legal practice, she is Adjunct Faculty at the University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy where she teaches Immigration Policy. She has been recognized as a Top Woman Lawyer by the Southern California Super Lawyers publication in the field of immigration law, is a 2014 recipient of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Advocacy Award, and has been a speaker at various conferences and trainings for the Federal Bar Association, AILA, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, the L.A. County Bar Association, the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs,  as well as other community groups and school venues. She has been called upon as national expert on U nonimmigrant, VAWA, and SIJ matters by such agencies as the Office of the Federal Public Defender and various nonprofit organizations. She has served on the Executive Committee for the AILA SoCal Chapter and presently serves on AILA National Committees.

Veronica Barba

Veronica Barba is a partner at Lucas & Barba, LLP in Los Angeles, where she represents clients with a wide range of removal defenses in detained and non-detained settings.  Ms. Barba is a graduate of the University of Arizona, School of Law & the University of California Los Angeles. She is a first-generation Latina whose parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico. She formerly served as the Director of the ABA Immigration Justice Project (IJP) in San Diego. Ms. Barba was with the IJP since its inception in 2008, first serving as the Legal Orientation Program Attorney. She also previously worked for the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law in Los Angeles, California. She has been a speaker at various conferences and trainings for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Vera Institute of Justice, the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, as well as other community groups and school venues. She is a recognized national expert on the representation of immigrants with mental health disabilities and is a Qualified Representative for our clients who are members of the Franco-Gonzalez class. She has been honored as one of the Best Young Attorneys by the San Diego Daily Transcript and is a member of the Southern California AILA Chapter. She also serves on the AILA National Annual Conference Planning Committee.

Nancy Alexander

Nancy Alexander is a Senior Associate Attorney at Lucas & Barba, LLP in Los Angeles, handling a wide variety of removal defense cases. She represents clients in detained and non-detained settings, before the Immigration Court and the Board of Immigration Appeals.  She graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon and Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.  Ms. Alexander previously worked as a non-profit attorney at Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project in Los Angeles, and as a BIA Accredited Representative at Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services in Portland, Oregon.  Ms. Alexander speaks Spanish and is a member of the State Bar of California. She is a Qualified Representative for our clients who are members of the Franco-Gonzalez class.

Rocio La Rosa

Rocio La Rosa is an Associate Attorney at Lucas & Barba, LLP in Los Angeles, where she handles removal defense, special immigrant & family-based immigration law matters, including U visas, VAWA, Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) petitions, consular processing and waivers. She is a Peruvian native, who immigrated to the United States with her mother in 2000. She graduated from the UCLA School of Law and UC Irvine. During law school, she specialized in International and Comparative Law, and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Chicanoa/o-Latina/o Law Review. Her prior experience includes serving as a Law Fellow for the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice, as well as a Judicial Extern for the Los Angeles Superior Court. She represents clients in U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services cases, as well as before the Immigration Court and California State Courts in connection with Special Immigrant Juvenile matters. She is a member of the State Bar of California.

Katie Czapanskiy

Katie Czapanskiy is an Associate Attorney at Lucas & Barba, LLP in Los Angeles, where she handles removal defense matters in detained and non-detained settings. She is a graduate of Marquette University Law School and the University of Nebraska. During law school, her experience included clerkships with Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project in Los Angeles, California and with Catholic Charities Legal Services for Immigrants in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as well as serving as Managing Editor of the Marquette Benefits and Social Welfare Law Review. She was also recognized with Distinction in her law school’s Pro Bono Honor Society and as an Outstanding Public Interest Law Student for her commitment to public service. She is admitted in the State Bar of Wisconsin, exclusively practicing federal immigration law. She is a Qualified Representative for our clients who are members of the Franco-Gonzalez class.

Yesenia Sandoval

Yesenia is Legal Assistant at Lucas & Barba, LLP in Los Angeles, where she provides legal case support to the attorneys in handling a variety of removal defense, special immigrant & family based immigration law matters. She comes from a family of immigrants and is a first-generation graduate of the University of California, Irvine, where her undergraduate studies focused on social inequality, motivating her interest in social justice and working with vulnerable populations. 

Zuky Guillen

Zuky is Case Manager at Lucas & Barba LLP in Los Angeles, where she provides social work support to clients who may need additional social service or mental health resources, in keeping with the firm’s holistic approach to case assistance. She is also passionate about working in solidarity with and empowering the DACA community. She earned her undergraduate degree in social welfare at the California State University, Northridge, where she is also currently pursuing a Master’s degree in social work.