Attorneys

Attorney Troy James Mattes has been practicing immigration law in Pennsylvania since 1998. He has gained unique insights and appreciation of the issues our clients face through three years of work with the United States Peace Corps in Africa.

Mr. Mattes is capable in Spanish and fluent in French. Additionally, he works closely with a reliable network of translators of other languages to understand and work with clients from all parts of the world. He is devoted to his work as an immigration lawyer, and our location in Lancaster provides for attentive and responsive services to people with immigration and/or criminal issues at the York County Prison and York Immigration Court.

Mr. Mattes is admitted to practice before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, and he is able to represent clients before the Immigration Court in all 50 states. He is admitted to practice in the state courts of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

For more detailed information about the qualifications and experience of the attorneys at the firm, please visit the links below.

Staff:

Carmen I. Ruiz
Legal Assistant

Carmen RuizAs the Senior paralegal and public notary of the firm since 1999, Carmen assists the firm's attorneys in preparing and filing forms, letters and related correspondence. She is responsible for scheduling appointments with various courts and immigration agencies. She is also responsible for assisting with case preparation, as well as translation and interpretation. Importantly, Carmen is responsible for keeping attorneys and clients on time for court and interview obligations. Carmen, being fluent in the English and Spanish languages has been part of many of our client's different stages of their journey through the legal immigration process.

Carmen conducts the translations of various Spanish documents into English and serves as one of the firm's interpreter with our Latino and Hispanic clients in their interview process and court proceedings.

Her warm smile and personal touch assures clients that their case will be handled in a professional and caring manner. Her dedication and the best interest for our clients is what makes her one of our best assets in our team.

Jackeline Velez
Legal Assistant


Jackeline VelezEducation: A.S. in Criminal Justice and First Response, York Technical Institute, Lancaster

Biography: Born in Puerto Rico and raised in upstate New York, Jackeline Velez earned her associate's degree in Criminial Justice and First Response from York Technical Institute in 2013. Prior to joining the staff of the Law office of Troy J. Mattes, PC, in 2016, her work in the criminal justice field included an externship with Lancaster County District Judge Janice Jimenez. Jackeline assists the attorneys in providing immigration legal services to their clients. Fluent in Spanish, she also translates on behalf of the firm as needed.

Felicia Del villar
Office Manager

Felicia Del villarFelicia joined the firm in April 2014. She came to the firm with over 10 years of customer service and banking experience. As the receptionist she was responsible for greeting clients and visitors and answering visitor inquiries, answering and routing incoming calls on a multi-line telephone system, scheduling and routing clients, maintaining the waiting area and lobby, ordering supplies, scanning, photocopying, faxing and filing documents collecting and routing mail and hand-delivered packages. In addition to being the firm's receptionist. She performed administrative task. She managed such things as billing and account receivables, data entry, word processing, establishing and managing new case files and drafting simple correspondence. Felicia is professionally fluent in English and Spanish with the capacity to translate and interpret. Felicia excels in friendliness, respect for confidentiality and discretion, attention to detail, positive, upbeat attitude, patience in dealing with all types of visitors and dependability is what makes her a great asset to our firm. She has been promoted to our office Manager.

Madeleiny J. Ramirez
Receptionist

Madeleiny RamirezMadeleiny is our receptionist, she joined the team in 2017. Her beautiful smile and friendliness, is what greets our clients as they come into our office. Making our clients feel comfortable and relaxed as they come in and prepare to meet the rest of our staff. Madeleiny oversees getting the client's initial information by providing them with a consultation form. She is also in charge of answering all incoming calls and providing a gateway between the clients and their attorneys. Her professionalism is what makes her a great asset to our team.

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Our advanced knowledge of the challenges our clients face and our deep understanding of immigrant issues from around the world drive the results we achieve for our clients. We invite you to learn more about the Law Office of Troy J. Mattes, P.C., and to contact us with your immigration law questions.